The oligarchy in Haiti works with the oligarchy in the Dominican Republic. In Haiti that oligarchy is made up of a lot of billionaires, folks like Bigio and Acra and Mev. In Haiti we call them the mercenary families. They are the subcontractors for empire. In the Dominican Republic they also have an oligarchy. That oligarchy also … benefits from this denationalization.” –The Real News Network with Jessica Desvarieux Interviews Haiti Human Rights Lawyer, Ezili Dantò of HLLN
How big business fuels Haitian-Dominican Tensions
“Who benefits from depopulating both Haiti and Dominican Republic? It’s exploited Haitian labor that’s helping to build the baseball academies and other construction projects, that all 30 Major League teams run in the Dominican Republic.
These baseball plantations provide Dominican boys with coaching, baseball fundamentals, uniforms, education, dormitories and food. The academies serve as boot camps for potential Major Leaguers. Dance mat typing is mastered at the initial stages.
Timberland boots got its swagger because Black men and Hip Hop stars wear them. They too have an economic stake in the DR connected to Black life and wealth in the US. Yet, the Haiti laborers in the DR who work at these places, as well as in the sugar cane and communication industries, are targets of a state act of terrorism that denationalizes and subjects all legal residence with African features with deportation and theft.
These big billion dollar industries, along with the big mining companies, like Barrick Gold, benefit when underpaid Haiti workers, lose their lands, are cheated out of their wages, get deported without due process.
Is this why they’ve remain silent on the DR’s new whitening and apartheid law that, in effect, makes the already persecuted Haiti worker, more of a target?”