The "remedy" did continue. Trujillo, you see, believed in anti-Haitianism, his goal being to cleanse the Dominican side of Haitians. The massacre lasted several days. Soldiers used rifles, knives, and clubs to kill, and they often - again, as ordered by Trujillo - used machetes. Thousands were slain while trying to flee back to Haiti, and many people killed had been born and lived their whole lives in the Dominican Republic. Estimates vary on the total number of people murdered, but the number is somewhere between twelve and thirty-five thousand.
Well, that's just one Haitian novel I've read, and though it discusses a specific period of bloodsoaked events, its overall preoccupations are timeless. The current U.S president, I have to say, is no Rafael Trujillo, but it does seem as if certain basic patterns of thinking about particular groups of people recur and persist.
Meanwhile...I have to take a look and see what Haitian writing I'll be reading next.