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’I am not a racist’- Gov. McCleary tells talk show host!

- The controversial United Kingdom appointed Governor said decisions made are not based on race
Controversial Virgin Islands appointed Governor, William B. McCleary broke his silence on the Morning Ride Show on January 30, 2013 and said race is not an issue and that none of his decisions are based on race. However, many in the community continue to speculate about this and pointed to many examples where race may have played a role. The Governor said his decisions are based on who is best for the job, who has the skills and who is the most competent. Photo: VINO/File
DJ Paul 'Gadeithz' Peart, of the morning ride show hosted on ZROD 103.7 FM, interviewed the United Kingdom appointed Governor live on January 30, 2013. The Governor used the forum to break his silence on many issues, including race, the environment, the UK White Paper and the issue in the Cayman Islands, among others. Photo: Provided
DJ Paul 'Gadeithz' Peart, of the morning ride show hosted on ZROD 103.7 FM, interviewed the United Kingdom appointed Governor live on January 30, 2013. The Governor used the forum to break his silence on many issues, including race, the environment, the UK White Paper and the issue in the Cayman Islands, among others. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After months of coming under attack by many civil servants, the legal fraternity, the media and many quiet whisperers in the community, the United Kingdom appointed Governor William B. McCleary has broken his silence.

In an interview on January 30, 2013 carried live on ZROD 103.7 FM on the Morning Ride Show hosted by DJ Paul ‘Gadeithz’ Peart with co-host Sophia M.A. Emberson-Bain aka DJ ‘B’, the Governor was asked whether race plays any part in how he carries out his duties as Governor.

Race is not a factor in my decisions-Governor McCleary

To this, the Governor asked Mr. Peart what he thought. Mr McCleary went on to say that none of his decisions are based on race and that race is not a factor as he executes his duties as Governor. He told the radio talk show that he took an oath as Governor to protect all of the people.

He said race is not relevant as decisions must be made based on competence, skills, the best performance and experience. Race, he continued, should not determine “who you are friends with”, and how one carries out his job, and he said, if you look at Britain, for example, many cities are non-white.

Governor McCeary pointed to many cities in Britain that have been multicultural and said “it does not matter what color your skin is or your hair is”. In the UK, he said, many non-whites are moving up in the system and even the UK Parliament is “not a white preserve any more”.

He said “if we ignore black people, brown people and women we do not get the best for the country.”

However, some in the community have continued to differ with the Governor and have quietly claimed that race may have played a role in many of his recent controversial decisions. For example, they pointed to his alleged illegal delegation of his powers to Acting Commissioner of Police David Morris, powers Mr. McCleary never gave to the former Police Commissioner Reynell Frazer.

This matter is in court after being brought to it by two current senior Police Officers.

They also pointed out as suspicious how a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works, the esteemed Julian Willock, was illegally fired by Governor McCleary.

Many have claimed that with two white Governors (Peary and McCleary), two white reporters from a local tabloid BVI Beacon who wrote an article claiming that Mr. Willock had a person working for him without a work permit even after the Labour Department refuted that claim, and two white disgruntled former workers, race may have been a factor in the Governor’s decision to personally intervene in this matter, giving instructions to the Public Service Commission and firing Mr. Willock, one of the most efficient Permanent Secretaries in the service.

Virgin Islands News Online caught up with Mr. Willock yesterday January 31, 2013 at a Third District Job and Career Fair and asked him about what the Governor said about race.  He said he had no comments as he did not listen to the interview and referred all questions to his Attorney Gerard Farara of Farara & Kerins, however, he said while walking away “the public need to look at one’s record not what they say.”

In addition, they have pointed out the Governors’ endorsement of the hiring of UK police officers and paying them more than local officers as another issue that speaks to action not words.

Civil Servants have no issues with me

The Governor also told the Morning Ride Show with ‘Gadeithz’ that he talks to civil servants all the time and they have no problem with him.  However, the record demonstrates otherwise.

Since the National Democratic Party Government took office in 2011 many have claimed that the civil service is now a political body and civil servants have been fired, transferred against their will, sent on long vacation leave, intimidated and victimized while the same Governor sat back and allegedly did nothing about this blatant violation of their rights and dignity. 

May civil servants have had to resort to going to court and racking up huge legal bills, according to an individual, who has been reassigned and fighting that decision in the court. 

112 Responses to “’I am not a racist’- Gov. McCleary tells talk show host!”

  • vince (01/02/2013, 09:24) Like (36) Dislike (6) Reply
    Schuuups. Patsy lake a vislander just tell a person in authority go back where he from becuase he dared to tell her that her building goes against the codes. no story on that calling her racist but everytime the gov does something we dont like he racist. man u all need to grow the f up.
  • DADDY FRIDAY (01/02/2013, 09:36) Like (21) Dislike (24) Reply
    Lololol I am not racist, I am not white what else with they say????…jeeze um bread the dog ate my home work too
    • Man Upp (01/02/2013, 10:28) Like (14) Dislike (25) Reply
      Say what you want this governor has certainly lost credibility with the man on the streets
      • yellow (01/02/2013, 15:52) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        Is either this Governor is very, very smart, or the people of the BVI is very, very stupid!!!!!!!!!
  • Susanna (01/02/2013, 09:37) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    the parties says it all.
    • hollowe (01/02/2013, 10:23) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      Oh well you can't be no worse than the rest of dem and not because you were not invited...
  • DON Q (01/02/2013, 09:49) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fool me once its on me, fool me two times its on you
    • bat man (01/02/2013, 10:47) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      who are trying to fool????
    • Mother earth (01/02/2013, 11:14) Like (14) Dislike (15) Reply
      The last 2 years demonstrated exactly what kind of person he is…no need for him to be on the radio trying to defend himself. In this little island actions speaks louder than words.
  • bam see (01/02/2013, 10:11) Like (4) Dislike (9) Reply
    this governor keeps more parties than dennis rodman and madonna
    • VIlander (01/02/2013, 11:08) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
      Parties are how business gets's not a matter of race. More of Nationality, agendas, confidence, standards, & communication.

  • ReX FeRal (01/02/2013, 10:35) Like (16) Dislike (14) Reply
    Wonder why UK Governors dont Deport white UK nationals who are convicted for crimes in the Virgin Islands. Hmmm. Seize the time Boyd
    • @ rex feral (01/02/2013, 15:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well-said rex feral. You are absolutely correct on all counts! look at the white lady walking around still after forging ss cards
  • NPolitico (01/02/2013, 10:48) Like (25) Dislike (19) Reply
    Did anyone expect the the governor to admit in public that race was factor in the way he performed his duties? Racism is often not proven by direct quotes from people; that is like finding a needle in a haystack. It is proven by one's action and patterns of behaviour. It often takes a series of disconnection actions to connect the dots. If the governor were a racist, he would not get on the mountain top and shout that he was. Snakes in the grass do show themselves until they sink thief fangs into you. Further, there is also no surprise that birds of a feather stick together;it is their comfort zone.
  • kkk (01/02/2013, 11:02) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Is there a difference between the Governor McCleary and David Morris?

    • judge (01/02/2013, 11:44) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
      Yes, one is a colored man. Look at us. There are black racists too.
      • to judge (01/02/2013, 17:43) Like (2) Dislike (37) Reply
        Sorry all have already concluded blacks cannot be racist so stop while you ahead skin head!!
        • civil servant (02/02/2013, 10:25) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
          I do not like a single bone in McCleary's body and do not care about his comments.....
  • wise-up (01/02/2013, 11:05) Like (31) Dislike (43) Reply
    as virgin islanders we should be shamed; it took a jamaican to come here to confront the Governor on the BS that he continues to do against our people....we sit back and beat-up on our own popele while other come here and fight our battles for us or come here and opress us like the same governor and the head of the police; not 1-word from the 5-blind mice that we have quick and talk that !!!!!!
  • ? (01/02/2013, 11:11) Like (4) Dislike (124) Reply
    william, we love you so contuine doing a great job. As citzens of the UK we are proud of the way you are conducting the business here in these islands. Most you can get is talk but you have powers so use them...
    • jimmy (02/02/2013, 03:43) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      the perpetrators of racism may not have taken it serously in the BVI; they would have swept it under the carpet as they have always done in the past, but they cannot do that now....oh no not anymore

      • ? (03/02/2013, 08:05) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
        Jimmy,Jimmy; our children were born here as well and they will soon be running for political office. it has nothing to do with racism. we work and pay our taxes here and we have the right to speak. what we pay was tax per month takes people like yourself years. please look arround and you will we make the money here not you
    • @ ? (02/02/2013, 03:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Are you trying to hide from the issue? Is that the new politics?
    • high (02/02/2013, 10:33) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      It is disappointing to know that while most of us “have passed that stage of laocking at a man clour”, there are some ethnocentrics who have not, and what is worse is that they hold political power and hig office
  • popeye (01/02/2013, 11:23) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply

    Just to listen to your empty comments is so disgusting, your actions speak louder than your words, 

  • Live In The South (01/02/2013, 11:24) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    A white female said to me that the white community in the VI is very close and they talk and they watch out for each other, all after saying how unstatisified she was with Locals. Not sure why she felt comfortable enough to speak her mind, concluded that she assumed I wasn't a borned and raised VIlander. My thoughts were wow what happen to the VI I grew up in where I felt we were in control of our affairs. if not the VI where can we function without the heavy hand of the White man. Don't care what that man says, history says it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • VIlander (01/02/2013, 12:55) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      Only black ppl are not close & don't look out for each other, every other nationality does but when you're black & u speak out for black interests black ppl decide you're racist.

      Foolish side-effect of being enslaved & colonized
  • Online Now (01/02/2013, 12:01) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    The problem is, a lot of the people who comment on this site (and with little inteligence) will always see white people as racist, regardless of their actions.
    • in the news (01/02/2013, 16:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      THE BVI is just a HOT MESS. Everything is about money passing one hand to the other... they at the top are all sitting happy with all the $$$$$ and the rest of us trying to live.
    • bvi (01/02/2013, 16:31) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Yourself included in your comment
  • black observer (01/02/2013, 12:29) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    everyone one will be partial in one way or the other.....if blacks ruled the world we would have been just as oppresive to the
    whites...just look at the way we we treat each other...
    As black people lets continue to educate ourselves and move forward...crying about what the white
    man did to us will only keep us in the past
    Of course ignorant comments expected
  • deeply concerned bvislander (01/02/2013, 13:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    We have gone back years in our humanitarianism.....We used to all be kind, reach out, help one another, and mingle with one common make things better for us all...where has that gone? This racial intolerance has hit an all time high.....How terribly sad, as we all must rally together and make our islands better and better, without greed, corruption, name calling, resentment, and dishonesty...all the while the churches are directing so many?
    • never go back (03/02/2013, 08:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Oh please, its not 1960s anymore... all racist have to move with the times!
  • Ironic (01/02/2013, 14:18) Like (4) Dislike (49) Reply
    I would have found this more troubling if i i didn't know better. BVIlanders are extremely Racist, not to Just Whites but to Black of other Islands. doesn't matter what color you are Pink,Green,Brown Orange they hate or are ignorant of anyone that threatens them.
    • BVIslander (01/02/2013, 16:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      What does that make you that you generalize against every BVIslander? We are the only ones who are not supposed to stand up for our rights in our homeland. Everyone else has rights and know their right to free speech and exercise it. Perhaps it is all well and good for BVIslanders to be threatened and disenfranchised in their own home, all in the name of accommodating everybodyelse and their ideas. Some BVIslanders can be downright destructive to their own, but that does not make it right for others to come and follow suit. Let's be fair in this place to each other.
    • @ (02/02/2013, 11:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      To Ironic: the solution is simple. Go home. Do it now, without delay.
      • defence (03/02/2013, 08:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        The people of BVI have heard more about our country and the White Paper in the past 15 mins on ZROD of that interview than we have heard in the past 2 years plus from this governor. Looks and sounds like this man Governor McCleary has found his voice….but little too late!!!!
      • Ironic (06/02/2013, 17:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I am home homie, Born and raised weather you like it or not! lol ....ignorance is have single handedly proven my point about the level of ignorance in this place.......would you like to deport me to VG? i wont mind i promise you! lol Pure ignorant nonsense. find a more creative and less Racist solution...nameless one.
  • Tye (01/02/2013, 14:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    To ? Go Suck n egg, excretion for brains.
    • ohpa (01/02/2013, 16:05) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes Sir!! most of these comments are absolutely right!! but is not only about race its the powerful taken advantage of the weak
      • Dreams (02/02/2013, 03:50) Like (0) Dislike (57) Reply
        WOW why did teh goverment do that to teh PS..fired he for nothing he should lern to guided by rules and procedures,,,,,
        • sorry (02/02/2013, 14:17) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
          many other civil servants are doomed under this governor....

        • .com (03/02/2013, 23:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          I was about to write something, but I fraid I get sued next from the owner of this site!
  • ---------------- (01/02/2013, 15:44) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    No one has that amount of balls, not even the spinless NDP to call out this governor ..but he is doing their dirty work aginst the people
    • 360 (02/02/2013, 03:41) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Why should you be afraid to cause public alarm if that is what it takes to defend the victims of discrimination?

  • LEGAL ASK"What is Racism"? (01/02/2013, 16:13) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Our Brand-New V.I Constitution which came into force on 15th June 2007 is the Supreme Law of the land.It is we,the people of the V.I who requested from Her Majesty The Queen,the Fundamental Rights and Freedoms of the Individual,So at Buckingham Palace,on the 13th day of June 2007,and present was The Queen's Most Excellent Majesty in Council and thereafter, Her Majesty,in Exercise of the powers conferred upon Her by sections 5 &7 of the West Indies Act 1962(a) and all other powers enabling Her to do so,was PLEASED,by and with the ADVICE of Her PRIVY Council,to order This V.I Constitution[Including Fundamental Rights and Freedoms of we-The Virgin Islanders,resident in the V.I and any where in the world,and also the Rights and Freedoms of all EXPATRIATES,who reside in the BVI! On 15th June,2007,Her Majesty-The Queen,gave us our Rights and Freedoms:But this Governor and This COP,Behave as though,the Rights/Freedoms of All Virgin Islanders,and Expatritates in the BVI,belongs to McCleary and David! Hell NO!
    PROTECTION FROM DISCRIMINATION:Section 26(1)(a),which falls under Fundamental Rights and Freedoms in the V.I Constitution,states "In this section,the expression[discriminatory]means-affording different treatment to different persons on any ground such as-sex,race,colour,language,religion,political or other opinion,national,ethnic or social origin,association with a national minority,property,family relations,economic status,disability,age,birth,sexual orientation,marital or other status".So Governor;when you look-out for your UK-Born Police Officers in the BVI Police Force,But you disregard LAWS,which favours BVI/Caribbean officers,in the same Police Force-THAT IS DISCRIMINATION-THAT IS RACISM!When UK-Born officers join the force,you appoint them forthwith and promote them:But there are BVI/Caribbean officers on probation for 5-6-7 yrs who cannot be appoint,despite of the LAW[section 12 of police act]which says"You must APPOINT them after 3-yrs probation".Your refusal to appoint our BVI/Caribbean officers,[according to law]is a classical case of "PUBLIC RACISM-PUBLIC SHAME!".Tek-DAT & smoke-it!Police Officers-SUE DEM for their LAWLESSNESS!
    • win (02/02/2013, 20:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      what the BVI actually got from this man called the governor?

      Answer: Screwed.
      • ndp (04/02/2013, 13:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        how he trying to fool that he is not a racist???? his attitue towards our people says it all
  • bvi (01/02/2013, 16:34) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Gov talked about a non-racist UK. What a load of bull. Just log on to news. The comments people make about blacks and other minorities makes you want to puke
    • trouble (04/02/2013, 00:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      the headline is misleading because it's not gOVERNOR mCcLEARY alone
  • JACK BE STILL (01/02/2013, 17:17) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    You all can’t pick on the governor alone with this race talk...the private sector especially them trust companies and the yachting sector full of um...But just no one to call them out...go t labour and check the many reports
  • Upliftment (01/02/2013, 17:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some of the comments on these blogs are really scary. The way things are going in the BVI now is crazy, it's only a matter of time before things fall apart and from the looks of it, it already started, slowly but surely.
    • SUPER OLW (04/02/2013, 00:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Half the country will say doh touch THE GOVERNOR and the other half will say HE GOT TO BE RECALLED.
  • ausar (01/02/2013, 18:29) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    SOoooooooo, Governor, you state that you're not racist. Then tell all of us what do white people-like you and your friends- talk about when there's no black person around?

    Please, alert the media houses with the answers. We really have a need and a right to know!

    But then again, Governor, do you really know what racism is?

    Let me share with you the real definition of racism as by set forth in the book, "The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors" by Dr. Frances Cress Welsing:

    " the local and global power system structured and maintained by persons who classify themselves as white, whether consciously or subconsciously determined; this systems consists of patterns of perception, logic, symbol formation, thought, speech, action and emotional response as conducted simultaneously in all areas of pepple activity(economics,education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex and war). The ultimate purpose of the system is to prevent white genetic annihilation on Earth-a planet in which the overwhelming majority of people are classified as non-white(black, brown, red, and yellow) by white-skinned people. All of the non-white people are genetically dominant ( in terms of skin coloration) compared to the genetically recessive white-skinned people".

    When this definition of racism as a strategy for white genetic survival is mastered, it is logically clear to me WHY you governor do what you do in our country to the men of color-Virgin Ilsanders(British) here. It is also is perfectly clear WHY the parties occur and WHY the attendees are of the ethnic group that they are. Oh yeah, some may say a few token non-whites here and there are "thrown" in the mix, but the objectives of the "games" are very clear.

    Are you not a Kingdom-er, Governor? Please share with us what the Kingdom has done over the centuries to ensure that it remains lily white, governor .Oh and can you share your answers as to why discussions are now ongoing that the population in the Kingdom is 50/50? What exactly does that mean governnor? Does it imply a "browning" of the Kingdom? Does it also explain why so many non-white Kingdom-ers have such a hard time in the Kingdom?

    Trust me, I have heard alot of stories from the young and the old living there and from many who became disgusted and left!

    But then again Governor why should you answer? You are paid to be what you are-the representative for the "little island" up north representing the interests of the "northeners".

    And for the rest of you who like the governor are "clue-less" as to what racism really is but are active participants or victims of it; always remember that race ,class and power are tied intrinsically. Irrespective of income, education, and position, non-white peoples constitute the global powerless and non-class victims in this white supremacy system, and is powerless with regards to to protecting one's life and the lives of one's group members in the framework of this existing power system.

    So I'm not shocked by what occurs or stated by this governor. He is after all trying to survive genetically in an ocean of blackness..
    • Hush (03/02/2013, 11:52) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ausar, you talking bull.
      You WANT this man to be racist. You WANT all the whites to be racist. It just makes your simple arguments more simple.
      If everything is black OR white, then nothing is gray. Nothing gets complicated, does it? You don't got to consider anything white people do in any other light than the picture you paint here - some kind of crazy nonsense that 'proves' all whites are wicked.
      Why you don't try looking, learning and using your decency instead of trying to spread division to make you sound like victim?
      Sure the world economic system is rigged towards the mostly white countries of the Northern hemisphere, but that meta-level historical fact does not translate to a micro-level verdict on every white or person from the North. Not unless you choose to mix the two up to make it sound like your suffering.
      ARE you suffering? Are you hungry? Do you feed yourself and your family every day? Do you own a house, car, go doctor when you sick? Have a bank account with money? Can you travel freely? Can you speak freely? Are you from one of the richest nations on Earth making over 1/3 of its income from helping rich people avoid paying their fair share in tax? Answer to all the above would be 'yes', I guarantee. So most of the impoverished of the world could be looking at YOU as an oppressor, just because of the circumstances you happen to hail from.
      So easy for you to point hateful fingers, but its not reality you painting, you just painting the picture that suits your indulgence.
      Now, back to the REAL world.
  • boring (01/02/2013, 19:23) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    if the guy says he's not racist then he's not...truth of the matter is, everyone is racist to a certain extent and for different reasons. For some it is due to their ignorance about a certain race, for others it is due to previous experiences wih that race, and for the rest it's the way they were brought up. Lucky Dube said it best-Not every black man is a brother, not every white man is an enemy.

    Put a sock in it and move on will ya!
    • pig head (02/02/2013, 03:34) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      More than 100 years after the abolition of slavery, the Afrcan-American in the United States is still discriminated against. And if US President Barack Obama can tackle the issue of lingering racism, then, this country should do the same.

  • ... (01/02/2013, 20:00) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is he going to say, that he is in fact racist, if he is, in a predominantly black community? Give me a break! What was the point, I don't expect him to say any different than what he's saying.
  • tell the truth (01/02/2013, 21:04) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look man any body who have to explain they are not a racist they usually are!!! Bam hit the right spot
  • truth be told (01/02/2013, 21:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We as a people in general here In the VI need to stop painting a group of people with one brush
  • VI Lady (01/02/2013, 22:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I love our Governor and I love our Commissioner of Police. Some may not like them because they have upset the status quo. You have to earn your promotion and show you are competent. They are also plunging up leaky holes and removing weeds and deadwood.
  • bastard (01/02/2013, 23:36) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply

    you have the stomach to make such a comment that your decisions are made on the bases of skill, experience and competence, it make me wonder who @$$ you had to li@k to become governor ? 

    • away (02/02/2013, 14:21) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      I am from the United States and have traveled to BVI numerous times. I keep asking myself why you all still need an unelected governor???? cannot happen in my state
      • ABC (03/02/2013, 19:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Whether the Governor is racist or not, I know not. BUT given the present environment and ethical behaviour of some of our electical representatives we dear not change the status quo. Case reference, TCI.
  • call for facts (02/02/2013, 05:18) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply

    come on Mr Governor

    If you're going to try to defend yourself at least speak some facts. where in the UK does black people have equal opportunities unless that city is soo predominantly populated with blacks that they do not have a choice but to hire them? Yes some uk cities are multicultural because people from all over live there (mainly for the sake of attending universities as the UK is highly regarded as an international provider of higher education). Others have settled from wayy before during an era where their family may have migrated here to set up businesses etc. Racism STILL exists in these multicultural cities. I would know because I am victim of it. I never experienced racism until I came here. Ever took your kids to a park in tortola and a black person would shout out racist slurs after you and your family...your children??? NO...but it happens right here in the UK...TOO MANY TIMES.

    what about the racial hate crimes that have occurred in this country(UK)...throwing acid on a black woman in Manchester who was taking her baby for a walk?? just because she's black? ( Animals!!!

    The governor mentions parliament. ummm, let's discuss the BNP party...who are for an ALL WHITE COMMUNITY...why have they even been allowed to exist as a political party that people can vote for in the first place? ( Whilst people have spoken out against them, you may be surprised how many silent supporters they have!

    I'm not saying that everyone in the UK is a racist. Lots of people are against it and speak out against racism. There are whites who have married into black families (and vice versa) or have grown up amongst blacks or are well educated, well travelled and appreciate different cultures (just like yourself Mr Governor). I have some of the most lovely neighbours that are white and we get along fine. However, to say it does NOT exist in multicultural cities? Laughable. West Midlands is predominantly black ...racism still exists there...London has lots of blacks, lots of hate crimes occur there. They're also racist against the disabled - setting their houses on fire??? I'm telling you, things I have never seen in my life in the BVI i've seen over here in the UK. Makes me wonder what civilisation they claim they were trying to spread during slavery. If they still have M. in the college teaching about black people in Africa acting like monkeys and the whites came to civilise and educate them they need to fire him! Let's get Virgin Islanders teaching virgin islands history...give patsy lake something better to do :) Civilisation existed in africa wayy before they came. I have seen the evidence and heard of stories (from the africans themselves) of tactics the whites would try to pull to corrupt their communities but they could not succeed..not in the Oba's territory...the oba was the ruler in various villages and deemed to be very powerful. Get some africans to talk about african history! Anyway back to the point...

    If His Excellency, the Governor is claiming not to be racist, That's Absolutely Fine! I'm delighted to know this. But please please please, stick to the facts of the matter where the UK is concerned...not everyone is ignorant of what has been going on.

  • Truth (02/02/2013, 07:22) Like (0) Dislike (58) Reply
    Truth hurts.

    If a black man is incompetent, you replace him with another black man who is incompetent ans so on. You eventually hire someone who is competent to do a job and who is white or another nonblack.
    Black men then shout "Racist!"

    Truth is that there are only a few competent black men and women. We have a shortage of them therefore non blacks are hired. The incompetents then shout "Racist!"
    • back @ Truth (02/02/2013, 10:13) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      "Truth", go back and enjoy your rum at Pussers and Capt mulliguns and the forgiveness of your Slavery sins!!!!
    • whity (02/02/2013, 10:14) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      people like you so call TRUTH will NEVER change...........good riddans mih boi !
      • the entire bvi (04/02/2013, 17:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        mr decastro we need help once again....hurry write to london again for the governor aint doing his job
    • cat mood (02/02/2013, 10:30) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
      race is not a factor in decisons please!!!!! What planet are these people visiting from?
      • cow bird (03/02/2013, 08:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Jeesumpiece! I can't believe it! For the first time ever I'm agreeing with "cat mood". I need to get out more.

    • up (02/02/2013, 14:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      truth you are grasping!!
  • he again? (02/02/2013, 10:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    governor..governor...governor...oh boy ...dont forget the other fella too..Morris...
  • love boat (02/02/2013, 16:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    • keep it rea (02/02/2013, 20:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The aim of the Foreign Office is to maintain control over the OT's and what better way to do so than to ensure the economy and self-governance of these islands remains weak?
  • take (02/02/2013, 20:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    How come all the people belive the same thing?

    • bdo (03/02/2013, 08:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sure was hoping this issue of racism in high places was dead!
      • tell me why (04/02/2013, 00:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

        Why is the Governor using taxpayers' money to pursue his alleged ethnic prejudices?

  • left (03/02/2013, 14:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    When one connects the dots on the governor's statment to ZROD, there is a lot left to be desired
    • right question (03/02/2013, 16:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I am just amuzed at how the Governor tries to hide his record by inadvertently acting like Paul ask such a far fetch question
  • ABC (03/02/2013, 19:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let us be real, had it not been for the FCO think where this Territory would have been. A Disney World Sea Port, a $200, million dollar Airport etc. Let us not get carried away. Don't throw away the child with the bath water.
    • hand off (04/02/2013, 00:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Oh beautiful BVI deeds white boys from the UK like to flex law for we and give regular people trouble.
      That is why I left the BVI.
  • Hush (03/02/2013, 20:00) Like (1) Dislike (13) Reply
    Doesn't matter what this man say, all you decided he's racist anyway.
    He's guilty. He's bad. He got a secret agenda to destroy you.
    Yadda yadda.
    Racists don't THINK about what they see. They frame what they see according to their prejudice. KKK people, skin heads, South African apartheid people, Nazi - they can't see the world as it is because they just hung up on one minor detail - RACE!
    Talking like ayo talking qualifies you exactly as those kinda of people ... racists.
    And don't say black man can't be racist. Saying that just proves the above: you blind to anything but what you WANT to see.
    Deal with reality people, fantasy politics always leads to trouble..
  • ABC (03/02/2013, 20:47) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Less than a year ago this man was being likened to the "Governor of all Governors." What has suddenly gone wrong? Yes, he needs to be careful with his decisions as they relate to the Commissioner of Police as he appears to have his own agenda. Also, he must understand that some of our wealthy investors are known to use their wealth to achieve their selfish objectives. It is not uncommon for our politicians to fall prey to these people. As Governor he should be careful not to be drafted into this unsavoury situation.
    Based on what I am observing here, it does appear that we are allowing our emotions to get ahead of out better judgement which can be very distructive. My advice is to take a step back, take a deep breath and resist being soo judgemental. There is a measure of darkness in all of us; examine yourself and you will find that it is true. Look, our community is too small to accommodate what is being poured out here. Please get hold of yourself and move on.
  • Music (03/02/2013, 22:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Isnt this a black man's country? Completely black government, only BVIslanders allowed to stand for parliament. Bvislanders elect those in the house of assembly. All projects, decisions, good and bad passed by the house. The Governor does not control the budget or the projects. He is responsible for the civil service and police and external security. He represents the British Government because we are still a dependant territory of that country. The internet gives free rein to free speech and gives people who would not otherwise have had a podium an outlet for whatever they want to say. If there is really enough support for independence then form a movement to ask for it. I'm sure the UK government would be only too happy to be shot of us. But could we survive without the protection of the UK. By the way, the governors parties are almost all for charitable purposes, to raise money to support all sorts of organisations here. Anyone with the money to support such efforts can attend, black, white or whatever. I have never seen any shortage of black people at those functions I have attended - not that I conciously study peoples colour when talking to them. It does worry me that there are many functions here where it is obvious the races are divided, that is, occasions when one colour or the other predominates. If some of the more vitriolic bloggers on here really go about all day thinking like they write, then I feel sorry for them and feel they need counselling. Its not good for the soul to be so wound up.
  • he is the man (04/02/2013, 09:56) Like (31) Dislike (0) Reply
    I heard Mr. Willock on the morning ride show today boss you should run next time, I was very impress
    • @ he is the man (04/02/2013, 13:40) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      i was not as he did not have the balls to call out the governor
  • Openess (04/02/2013, 15:09) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
    I cannot support the accusations that the Governor is a racist. What I find is that we blacks are quick to cry racism. I suspect that one of the reasons we do so is because we ourselves are blinded by our own racist attitudes many of which were developed while growing up. For example, we grew up hearing about South Africa's white Apartheid regime which jailed Nelson Mandella. This regime was of white South Africans. We also grew up hearing about the racial injustice perpetrated on African slaves during the time of slavery and during the height of the civil movement in the United States. Both instances consisted of white and black racism today. I guess the point I am trying to make is that the racists attitudes that many people of colour have may be directly linked to the racists actions that were perpetrated against them during over the years. In the end racism is racism regardless of the ethnicity of the racists and there is no justification for it. The only way we as people regardless of race can rid ourselves of this evil is to clense our hearts.
    • jj (04/02/2013, 16:19) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      I will join any call for constitutional change to the process for appointing a Governor of this country
    • peuse (04/02/2013, 21:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      a cat is a cat it cannot be a dog!!!! a racist is a racist it cannot be a cake
  • days.... (04/02/2013, 21:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    For God's sake, please stop talking about this governor. His days of relevancy will soon be over
    • south (06/02/2013, 16:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I live and worked in the Deep South in America and I know a racist when I see one!
  • ABC (04/02/2013, 22:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please! now what the hell is wrong with what "Openess" has said? I personally believe that if we fail to take control ourselves we will self distruct. What I am seeing here is not of BVI making. We are a proud people but not stupid.
  • lets be real (05/02/2013, 08:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's about time we accept the facts and be real about them. We are a British Colony and Great Britain is our colonial master regardless of who agrees or disagrees with it. The only way out of this situation is independence and we all know that this will never happen in our life time, certainly not in mines. The quicker we accept this painful truth the quicker we can move on with our lives. The Governor like his predecessors is passing through. When his tenure ends he will go back to the UK or wherever and continue with his life. His successor will be appointed and the saga will continue. Every Governor has his way of governing. While some may like his particular style of governing others wouldn't. That is the way it is and that is the way it will continue to be. Let's be real. Let us change what we can and accept the things we cannot.
  • over seas student (07/02/2013, 01:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's 10:45am in Seattle, WA and I should be working but here I am reading all these posts and I have to say in all truthfulness I thoroughly enjoyed reading these varying opinions. Regardless of what folks may think, B VIslanders are an intelligent bunch

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