Calls are mounting for a tourism boycott of the Dominican Republic, which is set to expel up to hundreds of thousands of Haitian immigrants and their descendants. According to Reuters, human-rights groups blame racism and xenophobia for the policy targeting Haitian migrants. Haiti, which shares an island with the DR, is the poorest country in the Americas.
Fusion took a look at the country’s official tourism board website and Instagram account to see what kinds of people the nation advertises as Dominican—and what kinds of people they welcome. Big surprise, they’re all about fair-skinned gente.
Are you a white or very fair person and want to get married in the Dominican Republic? You’re in luck! According to the tourism board for the Dominican Republic it seems only white folks get married…like…at all!:
Or maybe you want to experience a slice of Dominican life? Carnival might be the only place you see black Dominican faces.
Maybe, just maybe, maybe, maybe your Dominican Republic vacation fantasy is to have a black woman to make you jam. You can have that.
The only other prominently featured dark-skinned Dominicans are the poster children for a local organization that helps underprivileged youth. Perhaps you'd like to be a white savior?
But mostly, mostly the tourism board wants white people to know they will have a lot of fun in DR.
And to know that Kim Kardashian also has fun there.
But you can also have a relaxing meditative time, if that's your pleasure.
Collier Meyerson is a reporter at Fusion with a focus on race and politics. She lives in Brooklyn.