By Claudia De La Cruz
Reposted from http://www.ebony.com/news-views/the-dominican-republic-haitians-532#axzz3fFKZdE5G on July 7, 2015
[OPINION] Current efforts to remove Haitians from the Caribbean Nation speak to DR's long history of anti-Black policy
My grandmother was born Black and poor in Trujillo's Dominican Republic. She was only five years old when the state-sanctioned killings of thousands of Haitian migrants widely known as "the Parsley Massacre" occurred. As a means of survival, like many other poor Blacks in the Dominican Republic, my grandma worked the sugarcane and rice fields side-by-side Haitian migrants. She often told stories about the way they were discriminated against and often beaten for being Black and poor. She cried telling stories of women and girls who were sexually assaulted by the overseers of the fields and military men. In a spirit of hope and affirmation she would add, "The good thing was that we did what we could to survive together [Haitians and Dominicans] on those fields."