The Civil Writer Magazine

The news of the death of Edward Holmes and Cynthia Day, who were engaged and had posted numerous photos on social media showing how much they were enjoying their vacation, comes just days after a Delaware woman said that that she was assaulted while vacationing in the Dominican Republic earlier this year. It also comes weeks after the U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory for Americans traveling there, citing a rise in crime. Arréglate ese pelo!” (Fix that hair!). If you look like a Haitian with dark skin and nappy hair stay your ass away from Dominican Republic. As you know pelo malo (bad hair—also a term used in the black American community), is sometimes viewed as a marker of Haitian identity. While many Dominicans vehemently deny the role of race in the current controversy over the deportation of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants, the treatment you can receive as American while vacationing in the Dominican Republic (and often being mistaken as Haitian) suggests the contrary. As with black Americans, there are Dominicans (and Haitians) of every shade. Whether in the form of racial slurs or extreme violence, both Haitians and dark-skinned Dominicans alike confront racism on a daily basis. So you as an American doesn't get a pass because of your nationality. Your nappy hair or weaves did you in. For many Black Americans it is not only your similarities to a Haitian that is a liability but it is also your assumed wealth. Afterall you didn't get over there on foodstamps. So, the end results is more than likely being poisoned for your valuables which has an end results of dying alone in some five scare hotel room possibly from poisoned laced bootlegged liquor.