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Extra! Dominican Republic Prepares To Deport Haitians

The Dominican Republic will send a delegation to Haiti to discuss the deportation of Haitian citizens from the country, Tuesday's edition of El Caribe reports. The migration minister announced that the administration would consult with its neighbor before expelling Haitians illegally residing in the country.

Hundreds of thousands of Haitians live in the Dominican Republic, where many have lived for years, while others have arrived more recently because of the 2010 earthquake and ensuing economic crisis in their home country. In 2013, the Dominican Supreme Court ruled that children of illegal migrants could not receive Dominican citizenship, rendering thousands of Haitian-origin Dominicans stateless.

While the expulsions have been stalled for now, the Dominican government is determined to carry them out later in the year. The administration of current President Danilo Medina has offered to provide free transportation for migrants deported to Haiti.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: El Caribe is a daily newspaper published founded in 1948 and published in Santo Domingo.

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The Colonial Spirit And "Soft Racism" Of White Savior Syndrome

Tracing back to Christian colonialism, which was supposed to somehow "civilize" and save the souls of native people, White Savior Syndrome lives on in modern times: from Mother Teresa to Princess Diana and the current First Lady of Colombia, VerĂłnica Alcocer.

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Good intentions are part of the formula

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CARTAGENA — The White Savior Syndrome is a social practice that exploits or economically, politically, symbolically takes advantage of individuals or communities they've racialized, perceiving them as in need of being saved and thus forever indebted and grateful to the white savior.

Although this racist phenomenon has gained more visibility and sparked public debate with the rise of social media, it is actually as old as European colonization itself. It's important to remember that one of Europe's main justifications for subjugating, pillaging and enslaving African and American territories was to bring "civilization and save their souls" through "missions."

Even today, many white supremacists hold onto these ideas. In other words, they believe that we still owe them something.

This white savior phenomenon is a legacy of Christian colonialism, and among its notable figures, we can highlight Saint Peter Claver, known as "the slave of the slaves," Bartolomé de Las Casas, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Princess Diana herself, and even the First Lady of Colombia, Verónica Alcocer.

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