Divided island: How Haiti and the DR became two worlds

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, October 17, 2017
  • One island, two worlds.
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    Haiti and the Dominican Republic share a border, and an island. But the two countries are very different today: the Dominican Republic enjoys higher quality of life for many factors than Haiti. I went to this island and visited both countries, to try and understand when and how their paths diverged. And I began to learn how those differences are playing out in the present.

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  • Source: https://youtu.be/4WvKeYuwifc


  • Vox


     2 years ago +5516

    This is a surreal feeling. Thanks to everyone for following along and being a part of this journey. Can't tell you all what this means to me. The next video will launch in a week! Follow my newsletter to stay up to date: www.vox.com/borders-email

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  • Joe Johnson

    Joe Johnson

     6 hours ago

    As a dominican I agree with the sentiment and message of this video. The way my country has treated the haitian people is abhorrent. But claiming that dominicans are racists against black people is the most ludricous thing I have heard, when basically noone in our country would be considered white and roughly a fith of people are as black as haitians. And I can tell you that these darker skinned dominicans aren't treated bad bc of their color. And they are just as likely to hate on haitians as lighter skinned dominicans. This isn't a color thing, but rather a xenophobic thing.

  • Isidro Trinidad M.

    Isidro Trinidad M.

     9 hours ago


  • MrLivingsworth


     16 hours ago

    Wow the French really pulled a Spain with this one

  • minkrobeII



    The white man is the problem

  • Andy Dany

    Andy Dany

     yesterday +1

    I went to both of these countries last year for Christmas break. I'm from the Bahamas born and raised but parents are Haitians .

  • Astoldbyzee



    White people lack empathy.

  • Thomas Louie

    Thomas Louie

     2 days ago

    very interesting and eye opening of what the Europeans did that effected the world

  • isaac Bringas

    isaac Bringas

     3 days ago

    he's not listening what dominicans have to say instead of the driver. El alcalde de nueva york en serio dijo que los discriminan a los Haitianos por ser negros? comparten una isla con gente cuya mayoria es de la misma tonalidad, dudo que sea el motivo. Bueno quizas algún dominicado tenga algun panorama mas claro de lo que pasa.

  • The Most Original Gamer

    The Most Original Gamer

     3 days ago +8

    Entire Europe and USA are the curses in humanity.

  • Star Waves

    Star Waves

     3 days ago +2

    This video is soo inaccurate in soo many ways!!

  • mary Jean

    mary Jean

     3 days ago +1

    One of the country is part of the white supremacy system and the other is not.

  • Luel Zone

    Luel Zone

     4 days ago +3

    It's the French fault clearly french.

  • Matt Mangrum

    Matt Mangrum

     4 days ago +1

    The same is not going on in America despite some idiotic comments. If you are born in America, you are a citizen. We do not take citizenship away and deport people. We deport people because we have a system of laws like every other country in the world. Name a country who won't deport a person with absolutely no documentation. There is no country in the world that people think they can flood into and are entitled to live in except our country.

  • Wilson


     4 days ago

    Haiti has been independent longer any country in the Western Hemisphere except the U.S. and has had ample time to fix its problems, which are not due to racism. This is an absurd video.

  • Mo Garba

    Mo Garba

     4 days ago +1

    That’s colorism for you...

  • Looking for a like minded mate .

    Looking for a like minded mate .

     4 days ago +2

    Wait a minute did France actually made them pay for their own land . 6:23 .
    Independence debt , I think should have been the other way around , bunch of French as***les

  • mr unknown

    mr unknown

     5 days ago +2

    Actions speak louder than any worlds!....

  • Jay Whyy

    Jay Whyy

     5 days ago

    The White Man ( radical European supremacist) need to be wiped out. How do you not only add insult to injury but also leave behind a growing cancerous mentally to make us hate ourselves ? They take divide & conquer to a WHOLLLEE different meaning

  • Vendraxx 2000

    Vendraxx 2000

     5 days ago

    Jonny, there are some things that you omited in the video, like the invasion of Haiti in the Santo Domingo colony and the sub-sequend independence of the west side, known has the Dominican Republic, which lead not only to this division of the island, but for many factors that lead to what you saw:

    -The Haitian government, during the island occupation, where so in debt that they extort not only the west side, even their own citizen where extorted has a way to collect enough resources to France.
    - The west colony was seriously explored by the corrupted Haitian burocracy that in 27 of February of 1844, announced their independence, and several times, Haiti tried to retake the west side many times, something that the Dominican government and his citizens take with bad attitude.
    - The main reason why the Dominicans are very racist with the Haitians is all thanks to Rafael Leónidas Trujillo during his 30 years of dictatorship, in which he launch an attack against Haitian families that were near the border, and reshape the dominican peoples pride to hate the haitians.

    I know this has a nationalized citizen who lived many years and knows what is going on here. ( I’m not haitian, by the way)
    Next time, make deep research to avoid inconclusions and inform well situations.
    Thank you