People of mixed ancestry, about 75% of the Dominican population, call themselves ‘Indian.’
Most upper class people have lighter colored skin
Most of these racial tensions come from the past, when, in many Caribbean countries, class was often primarily dictated by race
At the turn of the century, Dominicans began denying their African inheritance and attempting to phase out many African influences on their culture. They began identifying themselves as white or Indian and not African.
Caribbean’s wide ethnic diversity has led to racial tensions in the past in every Caribbean country. Some prejudice still exists today.
Caribbean has many mulattos (ethnic mix of black and white) ranging in skin color
The term “black” is reserved for Haitians, partly due to their extreme poverty