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8th Grade Learns about Parsley Massacre
Jeri Lodato

8th-grade students learned about the 1937 Parsley Massacre in the Dominican Republic. Rafael Trujillo, the dictator of the Dominican Republic, ordered the massacre which resulted in the killing of about 20,000 Haitians. The army could tell who was Haitian by their pronunciation of the word “parsley” in Spanish. If they couldn't pronounce it, they were Haitian and were killed on the spot. It was a horrific ethnic cleansing similar to the actions of Adolf Hitler that not a lot of people know about.

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