On Thursday, November 28th, protesters met in Times Square to voice their concern on the Constitutional Courts ruling. Many powerful Latin leaders joined forces and signed a letter to the current President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina Sanchez, pleading with him to block the court’s ruling. Dominican political activist groups are reaching out to Haitian political activist groups and standing hand in hand during this time of oppression and this is precisely the type of unity that we need to move forward.
After all, most immigrants experience some sort of prejudice after migration, and for that, we should stick together; as emphasized by Estela Vazquez, a Dominican immigrant and executive vice president of Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union: “We’ve seen what happens when you leave your country as an immigrant to another place and there have been obstacles and discrimination,” she told the New York Times. “I think as Dominicans in the diaspora, we have a special responsibility to denounce what has happened in the Dominican Republic.”
We are at the precipice of a turning point in the island’s history: This is about more than just a piece of paper stating where you were born. This is about having a home, having an identity, a part of who we are.
It’s about time that Dominicans and Haitians live in harmony and accept each other as equally important to each other’s history. It’s about time we realize once and for all that we are brothers and sisters of the same blood — and no legislation can hide or alter this truth. We have to embrace this reality, for the future of our island, our legacy depends on it.