haitian genocide

I fully support Drexel professor George Ciccariello-Maher’s statements. They serve as a reminder that white genocide isn’t real and a common neo-Nazi term used to justify racist violence. Also the Haitian Revolution (what George is referencing) was the most successful slave revolt in nearly two millennia due to killing white slave owners.

Drexel’s reprimanding of George’s statement is a violation of free speech and pandering to white supremacists. George has long been an accomplice to the the queer and trans communities and we owe him our backing.

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October 2nd 1937: Parsley Massacre begins

On this day in 1937, the Parsley Massacre began at the orders of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo. The global economic depression caused discontent in the Dominican Republic, and people found a convenient scapegoat for their hardship in Haitian immigrants who sought work on Dominican sugar plantations. The brutal Trujillo nurtured anti-Haitian sentiment, perhaps due to a desire to expand the Dominican Republic across Hispaniola, paranoia about revolutionary elements in Haiti, or personal racial biases. Black African Haitians were regarded with distrust by mixed race Dominicans, proud of their European heritage from the days of Spanish rule. In 1937, Trujillo ordered the systematic slaughter of Haitians in the borderlands between the two countries. Haitians were identified in a test where Dominican soldiers would hold a sprig of parsley and ask the person to say what it was. If they did not pronounce it the Spanish way (perejil) as Dominicans did, they were considered Haitian and killed. The bodies of men, women, and children were dumped in the Massacre River, named for an earlier colonial conflict. Ultimately, between 9,000 and 20,000 people were killed in the genocidal violence, which occurred over five days. Trujillo’s actions were condemned by the United States, who had previously considered him an ally, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the Dominican government to pay reparation to the victims’ families, though this did not occur. The effects of the Parsley Massacre are still felt today, as Haitian immigration continues to breed discontent among some Dominicans, and the government recently stripped Haitian Dominicans of citizenship. The massacre is little acknowledged outside of Hispaniola, but the tragic events of 1937 and the thousands of victims should never be forgotten.

“To the Dominicans who were complaining of the depredations by Haitians living among them…I have responded, ‘I will fix this.’ And we have already begun to remedy the situation. Three hundred Haitians are now dead in Bánica. This remedy will continue.”
- Rafael Trujillo