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Still, she says her parents would be less critical if her boyfriend were Hispanic and without African ancestry. However, she added, skin color can be a factor.

All the girls interviewed said their parents encouraged them to date fair-skinned men or to date within the Dominican community. But despite their leniency, she said her family still has racist views.

I feel like it would just be better off if I dated someone that was Hispanic. One African American female teen, who asked to go by Anne Lynn, said in an interview that despite being with her Dominican boyfriend for three years, his parents have not been receptive of their relationship.

In the Dominican Republic was widely denounced for deporting thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent. Critics described the mass deportation as a racist move against people who are predominantly black.

Peyano says that her native-born Dominican parents often sympathize with this sentiment, one that could strongly influence the intergenerational discussion. As first-generation immigrants, many are growing up in an environment that includes discussions of systemic racism and how media portrayal can affect perceptions. Some of this is reflected in a torrent of postings and comments that the teens find on their Facebook and Instagram s.

But, not every Dominican family opposes their daughter dating an African American boy. They basically just told me to do what makes me happy, even if that means dating a black boy.

Blogs like those of Revolutionary Afro-Latino and Radical Latina are leading the way in a more inclusive and dynamic view of what it means to be Dominican. More and more Dominican teens of African descent are learning about their blackness and embracing it. Dominicans are a mixture of Africans and Whites, the result is mulattos.

Stop the lies. And then the cultural issues come into play as well as far as perceptions of Black Americans vice versa.

And then there are class issues. So that is a concern for many parents. Lucy Perez, 17, a senior who lives in Manhattan, said who she dates is ultimately up to her.

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While many Dominicans vehemently deny the role of race in the current controversy over the deportation of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants, the treatment I received while living in the Dominican Republic and often being mistaken as Haitian suggests the contrary.
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