The 1937 Parsley Massacre

1 Posted by - February 3, 2018 - Black History, Injustices, LATEST POSTS

The Parsley Massacre was a slaughter of tens of thousands of Haitians by the Dominican Army. This slaughter took place between October 2 and October 8, 1937 in border areas with Afro-Haitians as the target.

The name of the event comes from eyewitness testimony of soldier’s investigations. These soldiers showed potential targets a sprig of parsley and asked them what it was. Depending on how they pronounced their answer they were either spared or killed. The accepted answer was in Spanish with proper pronunciation and not French or Haitian Creole.

 

The Parley Massacre

Dominican president Rafael Trujillo ordered Haitians killed a day before the massacre. Based on the outcome of a 300 Haitian slaughter in Banica, he said this course of action would continue. The reason for this was rumored criminal actions by Haitians in the Dominican Republic.

Targeted Haitians lived in the Cibao region and the far northwest. Many met their end via machetes, knives, and rifles. The army is said to have bayonetted small children. Those who tried to flee into Haiti across the Artibonite River were shot in the back.

In all, the death toll hovers between 12,000 and 35,000. The exact number of people killed in the Parsley Massacre is unknown because some killings were carried out in isolated locations and some bodies were simply lost. Similar killings targeting Haitians were carried out in the far south months later.

 

Reparations

The U.S. and Haiti called for reparations from the Dominican Republic to the tune of $750,000. Because it was beneficial to appease the U.S., Trujillo’s government agreed to pay $525,000 or close to $9,000,000 in today’s currency. This meant survivors were to get $30 each but corrupt Haitian bureaucracy and no failsafe in place only saw them receive 2 cents each.

REFERENCE
-https://www.ncas.rutgers.edu/center-study-genocide-conflict-resolution-and-human-rights/dominican-republic-and-parsley-massacre-1937

15 Comments

  • Martha Patterson – Unknown Playwrights November 29, 2018 - 7:05 pm Reply

    […] used the excuse that Haitians were criminals, which is a tactic certain other leaders are using even […]

  • gamefly May 5, 2019 - 4:14 am Reply

    This is really interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger.

    I’ve joined your rss feed and look forward to
    seeking more of your great post. Also, I’ve shared your site in my social
    networks!

  • minecraft download free pc May 7, 2019 - 9:09 am Reply

    Hi, I do think your blog could possibly be having internet browser compatibility issues.
    Whenever I take a look at your blog in Safari,
    it looks fine but when opening in I.E., it has some overlapping issues.
    I merely wanted to give you a quick heads up!
    Other than that, fantastic blog!

  • resharper keygen May 15, 2019 - 2:21 pm Reply

    Some truly good content on this web site , appreciate it for contribution.

  • I simply must tell you that you have an excellent and unique post that I kinda enjoyed reading.

  • how to get help in windows 10 May 22, 2019 - 4:52 am Reply

    If you wish for to improve your knowledge simply keep visiting this website and
    be updated with the newest information posted here.

  • gamefly free trial May 23, 2019 - 9:51 am Reply

    I was curious if you ever thought of changing the layout of your website?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could
    a little more in the way of content so people could connect with
    it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or 2 images.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

  • rust hacks May 27, 2019 - 12:58 pm Reply

    This helps. Cheers!

  • xbox one mods free download May 31, 2019 - 5:52 am Reply

    stays on topic and states valid points. Thank you.

  • Truman Gallaga May 31, 2019 - 1:21 pm Reply

    This is a great post. Thank you for sharing!

  • Randglync June 3, 2019 - 8:15 pm Reply

    Buying Online Cialis Calcolo Levitra buy viagra online Cheap Ed Meds Uk Single Dose Amoxicillin

  • http://tinyurl.com June 9, 2019 - 3:32 am Reply

    Howdy would you mind letting me know which web host you’re utilizing?
    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different browsers
    and I must say this blog loads a lot quicker then most.
    Can you suggest a good internet hosting provider at a
    reasonable price? Cheers, I appreciate it!

  • ปั้มไลค์ June 17, 2019 - 1:36 am Reply

    Like!! I blog frequently and I really thank you for your content. The article has truly peaked my interest.

  • Randglync June 17, 2019 - 2:03 am Reply

    Comprar Cialis Paypal Viagra Pills In Mexico priligy 60 mg Best Buy Generic Tab Macrobid Real Us Amex Accepted

  • vn hax June 17, 2019 - 9:49 am Reply

    I consider something really special in this site.

  • Leave a reply