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Santo Domingo

Are there problems with ethnic or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

No religious discrimination or conflicts; machismo / gender violence is an issue in Dominican society, but does not directly affect treatment of expats. - Nov 18, 2016
Not toward US/Europeans of any race/color, but Dominicans obviously have an issue with Haitians. - Apr 28, 2016
Prejudice against Haitian immigrants who come to the country for work opportunities. Freedom of religion exists, not really any issues there. As far as gender prejudices, this is a male-dominated society and machismo certainly is a thing, but many women work and it doesn't seem to be a major issue. - Jan 28, 2016
There are mainly prejudices against the Haitians and lower class Dominicans. - Jan 19, 2016
Against the Haitians. - Aug 10, 2015
Yes, but it is very nuanced. - Aug 2, 2015
Dominicans have issues with Haitians due to their history as a shared island nation. For the most part, they are tolerant of all others. - Aug 25, 2014
There is some prejudice against Haitians. - Apr 30, 2013
Dominicans discriminate against Haitians and blacks. There is also some gender bias. - Apr 29, 2013
There are racial prejudices and women will get whistles/comments while walking etc. - Jan 24, 2013
That might depend on your attitude. Dominicans aren't exactly "progressive," but they are nice people. - Jun 9, 2012
African-Americans occasionally faced problems getting into clubs. - Jun 4, 2012
Haitians are actively discriminated against, and therefore some very dark-skinned Afro-Americans may experience this. Asians (especially the Chinese) do not have the best reputation here either. Women can be objectified by Latin men, but this is no different from anywhere else in Latin America. Just about every religion exists here in the D.R., but Christianity and Roman Catholicism especially are the norm. - Mar 13, 2012
This is a racially mixed country with many different shades of skin color and a general acceptance of varying races. With that said, there is some prejudice here against Haitians and very dark skinned folks are often assumed to be Haitian. - Feb 22, 2012
lot of machismo, lot of cruelty and exploration towards haitians and animals, no religiosity people is not religious here. - Feb 12, 2012
Yes, cat-calling to females. They don't like Haitians. - Oct 5, 2011
Yes, there is a huge issue with Haitians in the DR. You will hear a lot of rhetoric about Haitians crossing the border to give birth, stealing jobs, living illegally, etc. This is also a very male-dominated society. Men frequently father many children with many different women, it's considered not only acceptable, but the norm. You don't see many women in powerful positions in the government or the private sector. - Jun 21, 2011
Absolutely. To be black, brown, or anything other than white-looking or light-skinned is negative. Dominicans (in general but not all) have a problem with Hatians and anyone that looks Hatian (which includes almost half of their population).Females are taught that their bodies and faces are most important and sexuality should be flaunted - even from a very young age. - May 21, 2011
domincans are very racist toward dark colored people like haitians and dark skinned indivduals.more importantly, they are classist, the rich keep the poor down and dont interact with them at all.unfortunately, 90% of the country is poor, so its hard to find your niche - Nov 10, 2010
In general people with darker completions are discriminated against. Also the D.R. is also a male-oriented society. - Aug 11, 2010
Yes, if you are African American be prepared to experience Jim Crow. - May 13, 2009
There aren't any religious prejudices--this place has tons of religions, and Dominicans might choose more than one if it'll get them things like a job or a better school for their kids. Wealthy Dominicans tend to be white, poor Haitians tend to be black, so the lighter one is the higher the status, the darker, the less. All that really doesn't effect an ex-pat much, unless you look middle-eastern. Then they'll call you Al-Quida, but in a good-natured way. - Nov 24, 2008
Race and gender. The darker your skin the more potential for prejudice as a number of Dominicans tend to be prejudiced against the Haitians that usually are darker skinned. This has trickled down into some of the Dominican children"s attitudes seen in the socialization of kids at school (i.e. at Carol Morgan School among some of the darker-skinned expats).As far as gender goes--machismo exists here. If you"re a female, expect to be stared at like a piece of meat if you venture to walk outside, and if you're driving in a car don't be surprised if a boy young enough to be your son or old enough to be your father or grandfather makes passes at you. And, don"t think that just because you have a man with you that this will not happen. - Oct 19, 2008
Some racial prejudice against dark skinned persons owing to complex socio-economic, cultural, and historical factors, particularly in relation to Haiti and Haitians. - Aug 21, 2008
African-Americans face some problems. - Aug 19, 2008
Classism is noteworthy and racial discrimination is obvious -- Embassy has placed 2 nightclubs off-limits for refusing to serve Embassy personnel. - Jun 8, 2008