Dominican Consul Calls Author Junot Díaz 'Anti-Dominican,' Revokes Medal
A Dominican diplomat has accused Pulitzer-prize winning author Junot Díaz of being "anti-Dominican" for his outspoken remarks against the government's actions surrounding Haitian immigrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent. He also revoked an Order of Merit awarded several years ago to the author.
Eduardo Selman, the Consul General of the Dominican Republic in New York, sent a written statement to the Dominican Republic's AlMomento.net. In it he criticized the Dominican-American novelist and author after he joined human rights activists to ask the U.S. Congress for a resolution to condemn the Dominican Republic for their measures against undocumented immigrants. Díaz publicly advocated alongside Haitian writer Edwindge Danticat in Capitol Hill on October 21st, 2015, condemning the mistreatment of Dominicans with Haitian descent.