I just watched this outstanding documentary produced by professor Henry Louis Gates on Haiti and the Dominican Republic. In the DR, he explores how race has been socially constructed in a society whose people reflect centuries of inter-marriage, and how the country’s troubled history with Haiti informs notions about racial classification.
In Haiti, Professor Gates tells the story of the birth of the first-ever black republic, and finds out how the slaves’s hard fight for liberation over Napoleon Bonaparte’s French Empire became a double-edged sword.
This is a video to watch a. Professor Gates Haiti/Dominican Republic : an island divided