Monday, October 22, 2012

Dominican Republic: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I've lived in the Dominican Republic longer than I have anywhere else outside the US. I've spent a fair amount of time in Russia, but so far the Dom. Republic wins and I'll be here longer yet.  So here goes my comprehensive thoughts on the country and living here: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Let's start with the ugly, to get the worst of the worst out of the way so far.  I'll save the good for last so as to end on a happy note.  Here goes.

The Ugly - There's a fair amount in this country that one could consider "ugly" whether it's racism against the dark skinned from the upper echelon of society; racism against the Haitians from virtually everyone from the Dominican Republic or just the general perception of the poor in general.

I've seen and heard racism towards the lower classes and towards Haitians on many occasions.  One perfect example was, while I was getting my hair cut (side note: I usually go to a slightly more expensive barbershop where they are used to straighter [read: a white person's] hair such as myself) when I overheard a small boy telling the barber how he likes to play baseball.  The barber (this shop caters to the 'higher-ups' of Dominican society) replied that the boy shouldn't play baseball because it is a game for "black people".  Astonishing.

Haitians are often the butt of jokes here (much the way, sadly, Mexicans and gay people are in Eastern Washington) and seriously looked down upon. They're akin to the 'mudbloods' of the Harry Potter universe, being dirty, unworthy of much at all and incurring God's wrath for being heathens.  They are recruited for the worst jobs and often times stiffed on the pay and wages they were promised.  It's disgusting.

Another very 'ugly' part of life here is the complete ignorance in many aspects of life.  A few weeks ago, outside of a club where a heavy metal band had just played, one of the members was stabbed to death (40 some odd times). Why? Because a girl outside the club had thought he was the man who had 'supposedly' raped her, so she had her friends murder him on the spot. Afterwards...she said it wasn't him and her and her friends left, unhindered. To make matters worse, a police station is located right next door to the club and not a thing was done by the police.  Then to make matters EVEN worse, it was spread (and I mean SPREAD) everywhere that this happened to the young murdered man (who didn't even live in the country and had just signed to a US record label) because he played the Devil's music and he deserved it.  He DESERVED to be stabbed multiple times and murdered because of the type of music he chose to play.  Unbelievable, truly. What has happened to the girl and her friends who so brutally murdered this young man? Nothing.  And as if all THAT wasn't enough, during his funeral service here in the country, the press interrupted the entire funeral service to pester the grief-stricken mother about whether her son was a devil-worshipping sodomite who deserved what he got.

All this from the only country in the world to bear the Bible upon it's flag.

So Dear Readers, this concludes the 'ugly' of living in the Dominican Republic, though I'm sure I've not even scratched the surface of this horrible idea....

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