The Drums Are Calling: Race, Nation, and the Complex History of Dominicans

  • Hector Y. AdamesEmail author
  • Nayeli Y. Chavez-Dueñas
Part of the International and Cultural Psychology book series (ICUP)


Little attention has been paid to the unique experiences and complex history of Dominicans in the United States. Considering the ways in which race, nation, and history intersect helps depict a more nuanced understanding of the people from the Dominican Republic. To this end, the purpose of this chapter is threefold. One, provide a critical look at how colonization served as a strategy for a minority of European colonizers to control the numerical majority including various groups of Indigenous people on the island of Hispaniola by engaging in acts of genocide, slavery, land dispossession, and installation of racist colonial ideology of White supremacy. Two, describe some of the realities and implications of this history when considering the role of skin color, phenotype, mestizaje, and nation on the present lives of Dominicans. Three, illustrate the relentless resilience and resistance that Dominicans have displayed throughout history, including the ways they continue surviving against all odds as Immigrants of Color in the United States.


Dominican Republic Dominican history Colorism Skin color Immigration Colonization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Chicago School of Professional PsychologyChicagoUSA

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