A Haitian And Dominican Affair For Hispaniola.
By Wilgeens Rosenberg
Amidst the strong vulgarity and negativity of many statements from the Dominican Republic by Dominicans which many Haitians find quite alarming and condescending. Given the strong history and past resentments, surely on both sides many must hope there will still be room for reconciliation.
Yet, suppose what both people from either Nations are really trying to say and perhaps lack the skills to do so appropriately and educatedly is that: The one assurable way for Haiti toward self respect and proper recognition in the world is to try to become more self-sufficient in doing their best to improve economically, politically thus would eventually and adjustably improve the Country and the whole Island socially.
By all means, no matter what one's sentiments may be about either Haiti, the Dominican Republic or the whole Island put together, One or many may totally agree and believe that there are many things that both Nations need to be doing for a better prosperous HISPANIOLA / HISPANOLA.
Good or bad today, there perhaps would have had and would have been a totally different, Dominican Republic, Columbia, Venezuela, Ecuador and even a United States, to separately include Louisiana, Georgia and Chicago had there not been a Haiti.
QUICK PERSONAL ANALYSIS AND FACTS:
It kills many Haitian people... when they read comments like these from certain blogs and the news media. It devastates many when seeing how both Dominicans and Haitians are allowing themselves to buy into the false notions and differences that White Europeans have succeeded at implanting in their minds. http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2008/4/14/27643/Dominican-government-trusts-Preval-to-restore-Haitis-calm/comment-posted#comments-note And anyone may relatively or un-relatively; direct or indirect differ from accepting this fact, given that they are entitled to chose each and their own identity as they so chose to do so depending on what the feel more close to comfortable to appreciate most persosnally.
What makes a Dominican?
A Dominican, without excluding the Taino factor, is simply a mulatto. Which means, a mixture of a former African slave and a White European. The romanticize notion that they want to claim more Taino Natives in the equation is simply an illusion to demeaning their African side of ancestry. By saying White Europeans, that goes for France, Spain, Great Britain and Portugal and many more other countries on the European continent and its region.
Who were the Tainos?
The Tainos habited the entire Island of first originally named Ayiti, Quisqueya or Bohio (Boyo). Before any Europeans invasion, there is nowhere that I see it says Hispanola if not until came Christopher Columbus who, as history would tell you, massacred the Taino natives close to extinction by having killed 98% of the race. Thus any of them whom might have survived to repopulated, by today this blood would have decimated; meaning, fading indeed to a percentage closer to being a non-existent of a mixture. Understandably a fact, the Island was renamed or given a new name, "Hispanola."
Now If Dominicans want to go that far back to claim anything else that would mention Tainos, basically they are saying they are Ayitianos, Quesqueyans, or Bohioans (Boyo) thus would contradict their hatred and bitter resentments for Haitians. So let us say the whole Island is called Hispanola, thus that would make the habitants of the Island Hispanolanos, would it not? Of course yes.
Because let us take Israel and Palestine for example. Can either of them denounce or claim not being both Middle Eastern or Mediterrainians despite their differences and current conflicts? Of Course not.
So what is a Haitian?
A Haitian is an Afro-Latino, much like you have Afro-American. Why? Well the region is called what... Yes, Latin-America. The Island is called what... Oh yeah, Hispanola which before anything else it was called Ayiti, Quisqueya or Bohio (Boyo). Mostly the Afro part is because of the African ancestry and Latino part is due to and given:
1) The region (Geographically).
2) The language.
3) The linked history, (The culture of the Island itself in whole).
However, many know a lot of Dominicans or Haitians from both side who do not like to read and do researches to even check this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afro-Latin_American It is believed that there are those languages which constitute one to be latino as it states they are called the languages of Romance. Not as in Romantic, but as of in Rome because they spoke Latin. Those language are French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Creole or any dialects derived from any of those above specific strong latin derivatives .
Anyways to conclude, the divisive differences that exist between the two nations and their peoples are due to strong past resentments given their History which race has always played a major role in.
The Dominican Republic even after the Haitian two ruling occupations of their side of the island and several attempts after that; Their country was ruled by two Haitian Decent Presidents known in their Country's presidential history.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulises_Heureaux He was born in Puerto Plata, but farher was Haitian and his mother was from St. Thomas. He served 3 presidential terms. Obviously he was assassinated.Uhmm, I wonder why...?
Also then, there was http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedro_Santana who was born in Hincha, now Hinche,Haiti. The first constitutional president of the Dominican Republic the only to have successfully separate the Dominican Republic from Haiti.