I am dominican.
NOT all dominicans are campesinos, nor illiterate.
Like in any society there are schooled and not so lucky to be. Upper class, upper middle, middle and low. There are white people there, mix of black and white (generations of it...and not considered mulato in this case since it is not first generation) and black. There are lebanese descent, asian, etc..
Same mix there is in Cuba, Puerto Rico. There are more characteristics in one more than the other but bottom line is the same.
The lower class in countries like ours (that used to be colonies) tend to be darker for obvious reasons. The same happens in Central America and South but instead of black is indigenas. Same logic different race. The mixed always were middle class or at least that is how it started. And do not mean by this that mixed only exists in such.
Whoever is writting definitions about dominicans (whether dominican or not) is not very smart. Dominican indiosincracy is a little bit more complex than the rubbish they are writting here. Some things are true but it does not cover everyone. It does not cover me and people I know.
Maybe you should read a little bit more dominican history, maybe use the internet for better things than embarrass our nation.
It kills me to think that the only famous people any of you can think of is merengueros and baseball players. There are designers, doctors, in as much professionals that have placed the Dominican Republic up high. Obviously you are not interested in these things and that is why...whatever is inside of you(brain)....you will see on the one in front of you.
We are considered latino/hispanic due to our Spanish ancestry but unless you're a completely UNMIXED Dominican, you ARE INFACT BLACK and WHITE, you retards.
I'm dark skinned, but my great grandparents were spaniards, so i'm black and white, but still dominican.
1. Dominicans DO NOT want to be Puertoricans nor do we hate them. If anything, Dominicans dread giving up their sovereignty to be controlled by a country that thinks so poorly of us.
2. Not all Dominicans are illiterate and ignorant. In fact, if you to go to a private school you'll be more cultured than the average American.
3. Dominicans listen to an amazingly big arrange of music genres, not just Bachata and Merengue. Music taste, just like in any other culture, varies from individual to individual and generalizing this only makes YOU an ignorant.
4. The Dominican community living in Washington Heights DOES NOT represent the Dominican population. Dominican people inhabiting this area usually come from really, really impoverished areas of the Dominican Republic which means they didn't get a proper education just like anyone from a poor neighbourhood anywhere would.
5. Dominicans are not all "ghetto". This fad is only popular in the poorer areas of the country.
6. Dominicans are not "lighter-skinned Haitians". Do some research.
7. The fact that most Dominicans don't speak proper English doesn't mean they're stupid or lazy or ignorant or useless. In case you didn't notice, the Dominican Republic is a Spanish speaking country which was never colonized by an English-speaking country (save from some relatively short American puppet-rulings). It's not like we go around calling people stupid because they don't speak Spanish
A person born in the Dominican Republic or of Dominican heritage.They are the result from a mix between Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans or Tainos. Usually criticized by many for their "annoying" ways to express nationalism. It bothers me how most people only see the surface. Ninety percent of the Dominicans who live in the US(mainly in New York City, Boston, New Jersey, Florida, and Connecticut) are from rural towns or very poor urban ghettos in the Dominican Republic, therefore most people think they are all ignorant hillbillies, but they're not. Not all of them are like that. Most people only acclaim Dominicans for their music (Merengue, Bachata, Salsa, and Dominican Hip-Hop), for their food, and for their great baseball players(A-Rod, Sosa, Martinez, Ramirez, etc). The Dominican Republic has made important achievements in agriculture, medicine, art, literature, politics, just to name a few. Its too bad most Dominicans in the US do nothing to change the perception most Americans have of them. One of the best examples of this is the New York City neighborhood Washington Heights, where the most ignorant, low life, mediocre, and uneducated Dominicans ever reside.
As somebody who's lived in both New York, and the Dominican Republic (Santo Domingo, its biggest and most important city) I can tell you their not all like that. Same goes to all immigrants who come to the US from poor environments in their native countries. Most are only the worst posible display their country has to offer.
Me: Can you speak in either english or spanish. Cut the Spanglish, its embarrassing.
Dominican 1: what you talkin about loco?
Me: Oh yeah and take that flag of your bookbag, it doesn't make you more Dominican, it just makes you look like a fucking retard. You wanna be Dominican, start by learning about your culture.