[Blackstudies-l] Haitian man apparently lynched in Dominican city amid rising tensions

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analysts said anti-Haitian sentiment is on the rise in the Caribbean
nation, Renee Lewis reports in this article for Al Jazeera America The
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*Police dismissed racial motivation, but analysts said anti-Haitian
sentiment is on the rise in the Caribbean nation, Renee Lewis reports in
this article for Al Jazeera America*

The apparent lynching of a Haitian man in the Dominican Republic could add
“more fuel to the fire” amid rising tensions between the two Caribbean
nations, analysts said.

“Right now, whether this murder was racially motivated or not, whether it
was a lynching or a personal vendetta, it doesn’t matter much at this
point,” said Ernesto Sagas, associate professor in the ethnic studies
department of Colorado State University and author of "Race and Politics in
the Dominican Republic."

“It comes at a very unfortunate moment because tensions are particularly
high when it comes to the presence of Haitian workers in Dominican
Republic, so this is adding more fuel to the fire,” Sagas told Al Jazeera.

Dominican authorities retrieved the body of the victim, identified by local
media only as “Tulile” on Wednesday, after he was found hanged in
Santiago’s Ercilla Pepin Park. He was discovered dangling from a tree with
his hands and feet bound, Dominican Today
<http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2015/2/12/54198/Dominican-Republic-police-say-compatriots-lynched-Haitian>
reported, and worked in the park shining shoes.

Police quickly ruled out racism in the death of the Haitian man, according
to local media
<http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2015/2/12/54198/Dominican-Republic-police-say-compatriots-lynched-Haitian>.
Instead, they said that the crime’s motive was to steal money from the man,
who apparently had won $130.00 from a lottery ticket.

“For the Dominican authorities to rule out racism as a factor less than 24
hours after a man of Haitian descent was hanged in a public space is not
just irresponsible policing, it is an outrageous example of discrimination
endemic to the Dominican Republic,” Wade McMullen, an attorney with the
Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, told the Huffington
Post
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/11/haitian-lynched-dominican_n_6664276.html>
.

The murder comes at a time of heightened tensions between the two nations.

This week, a crowd of Dominicans burned a Haitian flag in Santiago, the
Domican Republic's second most populous city. They called called on the
government to take a stand against what they perceived as an “invasion” of
Haitian migrants into the country, Haiti Libre
<http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-13166-haiti-social-haitian-assassinated-found-dead-hanged-on-a-tree-in-dr.html>
reported.

In the capital, Santo Domingo, anti-Haitian graffiti can be seen, reading,
“Haitians get out.” The latest downturn in relations between Dominicans and
people of Haitian descent was sparked by a 2013 Supreme Court that rendered
some 200,000
<http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/the-stream/the-stream-officialblog/2013/12/12/-droitshumainsrdprotestcallsforboycottofdominicanrepublictourism.html>
Dominicans of Haitian descent stateless
<http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/5/4/stateless-in-thedominicanrepublicresidentsstrippedofcitizenship.html>,
prompting international condemnation.

According to the ruling, children of Haitian migrants — brought into the
country during the early 20th century to work in Dominican fields — born in
the Dominican Republic since 1930 had no right to stay
<http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/the-stream/the-stream-officialblog/2013/11/27/dominican-republiccancelsmeetingwithhaitiamiddeportationcontrove.html>
in the country.

Anti-Haitian sentiment has been on the rise ever since, Sagas said.

“Haitians are utilized by the Dominican Republic as cheap labor, and as
such they happen to be the scapegoats of Dominican society,” Sagas said.
“When the economy is doing well, Haitians are tolerated. When the economy
is not doing well, they need to be deported.”

The next presidential election in the Dominican Republic is in 2016, and
the issue of immigrants from Haiti ihas often been used in the past to
criticize political opponents.

“It is a political strategy that has worked before, to distract the people
from other issues and rally the troops,” Sagas said.

Sagas referred to the anti-Haitian sentiment as a “monster that rears its
ugly head” at politically or economically sensitive times. It is not the
first lynching of a Haitian person in the Dominican Republic, according to
local media
<http://www.latina.com/lifestyle/news-politics/lynching-haitian-man-highlights-tension-dominican-republic>.
In 2009, Dominican police said a "inflamed throng" hanged and beheaded a
Haitian man in Santo Domingo, according to Dominican Today
<http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2009/5/7/31914/Lynching-is-the-latest-of-crimes-pitting-Dominicans-Haitians>
.

“Poor Haitians are the scapegoats of Dominican society,” Sagas said.

For the original report go to
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/2/12/Haiti-Dominican-lynching.html
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