Junot Diaz accused of being ‘antidominicano’ 


Dominican-born writer and Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Diaz was accused of being ‘antidominicano’ by Eduardo Selman, the Dominican Republic consul in New York. This came on the heels of a recent round of meetings in which human rights activists, including Diaz and Haitian writer Edwidge Danticat, asked the U.S. Congress to push for measures to press the Dominican government to backtrack on regularization measures that put hundreds of thousands of Haitians born in the Dominican Republic at risk of becoming stateless. Los Angeles Times’ Carolyn Kellog reports:

He may be the toast of the literary world, but Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Díaz is in trouble with his native country, the Dominican Republic. According to reports in Spanish-language media, Díaz was accused Thursday of being “antidominicano” by the Dominican Republic’s consul in New York, Eduardo Selman. Díaz has also been stripped of the Order of Merit awarded to him by the Dominican Republic in 2009.

The accusation came after Díaz, along with Haitian American writer Edwidge Danticat, went to Washington, D.C., to urge congressional leaders to take action on what they describe as a human rights crisis in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

The authors appeared together in June in Miami to discuss recent moves by Dominican officials to declare generations of Haitian immigrants to the Dominican Republic fair game for deportation: “Haitians and Dominicans with Haitian blood that came and worked after 1929, would be denied citizenship,” the Miami Herald reported. Díaz, who had visited the Dominican Republic earlier that month, said, “There’s a state of terror” in its capitol city, Santo Domingo.

The Dominican Republic has set up “repatriation centers” along the border and shown off buses that will be used for deportations, Fusion reports.

“The last time something like this happened was Nazi Germany, and yet people are like, shrugging about it,” Díaz told Fusion. “Think about how much fear you would have to feel for you to suddenly pick … up and flee.” [. . .]

For full article, see http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-junot-diaz-called-antidominicano-20151023-story.html

Also see http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/local/2015/10/22/56935/US-Congress-must-condemn-Dominican-stateless-policy-Writers

Photo from his 2012 Bill Moyers guest appearance, see http://billmoyers.com/episode/rewriting-the-story-of-america/

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