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‘I do not believe I’m a racist in any shape or form’- CoP Matthews

- brings clarity to statements questioning the wealth of Virgin Islanders
Outgoing Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews has broken his silence regarding comments he made over the unexplained wealth of some Virgin Islanders, which he connected to nefarious activities like drugs trade and money laundering. Photo: VINO/File
The Commissioner during a March 18, 2021, joint press conference alongside Premier Andrew A. Fahie and Governor John J. Rankin CMG said that the illicit drugs trade was fueling unexplained wealth in the territory and the wealth is especially attractive to youths looking for a quick fix to get rich. Photo: Facebook/File
The Commissioner during a March 18, 2021, joint press conference alongside Premier Andrew A. Fahie and Governor John J. Rankin CMG said that the illicit drugs trade was fueling unexplained wealth in the territory and the wealth is especially attractive to youths looking for a quick fix to get rich. Photo: Facebook/File
Speaking on the April 6, 2021, edition of the Honestly Speaking show, Mr Matthews admitted that while the comments may have offended some Virgin Islands, he explained that he was not talking about honest citizens. Photo: Facebook
Speaking on the April 6, 2021, edition of the Honestly Speaking show, Mr Matthews admitted that while the comments may have offended some Virgin Islands, he explained that he was not talking about honest citizens. Photo: Facebook
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Outgoing Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews has broken his silence regarding comments he made over the unexplained wealth of some Virgin Islanders, which he connected to nefarious activities like the drugs trade and money laundering.

The Commissioner during a March 18, 2021, joint press conference alongside Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and Governor John J. Rankin, CMG said that the illicit drugs trade was fueling unexplained wealth in the territory and the wealth is especially attractive to youths looking for a quick fix to get rich.

Unexplained Wealth

“When you look around and you notice that someone has got three or four homes, and two and three fast boats and a couple of nice cars, but they haven’t got a job, you have to ask yourself a question… where is their incoming from?” Mr Matthews asked.

The comments resulted in community outrage with some believing that the Commissioner was painting Virgin Islanders as corrupt; however, on the April 6, 2021, edition of the Honestly Speaking show, Mr Matthews admitted that while the comments may have offended some Virgin Islands, he explained that he was not talking about honest citizens.

“I am not talking about the hard-working, honest BVIslanders who have built their homes up from scratch and are enjoying the benefits of their hard work now… but that’s how it came out through somebody’s else eyes and ears,” he said.

Police & Gov’t have a duty to ask questions – ToP CoP

“I have to accept that, because if that’s what some black people thought this white guy was saying that day in the press conference, I can only apologise that was not what was intended,” he said.

He, however, said that some people in the Virgin Islands do have unexplained wealth and assets, as such, law enforcement is entitled to ask questions.

“When we identify people and then we see they don’t have any employment, they don’t pay any taxes in the BVI, they are not actually doing anything day in and day out that seem to contribute to the people of the BVI.”

My Matthews pointed out that the same people are buying cars, boats and building up houses; however, he said law enforcement and the police have a duty to investigate.

‘I am not a racist’ – CoP Matthews

“I do not believe I am a racist in any shape or form. I do not think I would have survived here a month if I had been. But I accept the fact that as a white guy living in a predominantly black country, I may say things on occasion that other people could interpret and say… I’m offended by it.”

Mr Matthews said he stands by the comments and accepts that he may have offended people. He said the way forward is to learn from those experiences.

“The last thing I would ever want to do is offend the good, hardworking, honest, decent and welcoming people… BV Islanders who have made me and my wife feel part of this community, we felt like we're BVIslanders here but I’ve got to say this, I don't mind offending the criminals,” he said.

52 Responses to “‘I do not believe I’m a racist in any shape or form’- CoP Matthews”

  • asking for a friend (07/04/2021, 14:33) Like (34) Dislike (24) Reply
    would a racist admit he is a racist?
  • Bullterrior (07/04/2021, 14:35) Like (38) Dislike (9) Reply
    I agree with you Mr. Matthew.
    Only if you are a guilty party you will talk that negativity about racism.
    Most youngsters nowadays don't want to work. all they care about is the fast life and lots of money in their pockets.
    That's why we having so many crimes lately. This is because some of them are greedy and unfair, and some of them are envious.
    • josiah'sbay (08/04/2021, 09:35) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ Bullterrior, you make some valid points however it's hard to take a lecture about my people from a person and his people who haven gotten to where they are from pillaging, conquering and abusing other people throughout their . How they get us to forget!
      • @JosiahsBay (08/04/2021, 16:18) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        You blend in a single white cop with all white English people through the last 500 years as if they are one entity? And you claim anyone with dark skin is the same as you? Not here on planet Earth.
        Most people understand the history, but not everyone mixes up the macro story of millions of people over 100s of years, with individuals in the here and now.
        If the world was how you claim, every white person would be kicking, cursing and beating every black person every time they see one. Is that your experience? Yes or no? Or has a white person ever been good to you? Helped you? Trusted you? Loved you? Just been normal and decent and human to you? Stop mixing big story with small story to try and make a false reality. It does not help your fight for historic justice. Just makes the world full of hate.
  • take that in ayo pipe and smoke it (07/04/2021, 14:39) Like (26) Dislike (3) Reply
    Matthews said and i quote "it was locals who recruited, interviewed and hired me" end of quote
  • Rubber Duck (07/04/2021, 14:54) Like (15) Dislike (52) Reply
    His time is up we don’t want to hear from him anymore bye bye

    He should have been on the plane with gus jaspert
    • Rubber Duck (07/04/2021, 15:18) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
      Get your own name cretin.
      • laughing (07/04/2021, 17:59) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
        Rubber Duck whjy are you calling yourself names? LOL
      • Bro. (07/04/2021, 18:35) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
        You still fighting for the this name? Make a new one bro. No one cares about the name. Share your thoughts and keep it moving.
      • Whoa (08/04/2021, 09:13) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        @@Rubber Duck ,Did you really have to hit them so hard, that is a strong word
    • Rubber Duck (08/04/2021, 12:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ha, ha - I wonder how many people will post with this name now!
      • Rubber Duck (08/04/2021, 18:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I will, let’s start a movement! LOL... WE ARE THE BLACK LIVES MATTERS Rubber Duck bloggers! Let’s take out racist Duck!!!
  • Richie (07/04/2021, 15:02) Like (11) Dislike (8) Reply
    Mr. Commish I hear you and I give you the benefit of acceptance. Would you please highlight the specific section(s) of our constitution that grants law enforcement the right to query citizens with respect to their finances and/or their ability to earn.
    And just how would you determine who should be questioned.... thank you.
  • @ ASKING FOR A FRIEND (07/04/2021, 15:03) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    EVEN JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED BY PEOPLE LIKE YOU / ALL YOU JOKERS DO IS SING LIKE CANARIES AND POINT YOUR FINGERS AND USE SMOKE SCREEN TO CONCEAL THE REAL TRUTH / HE DOESN'T OWE YOU ANYTHING
    • just asking (07/04/2021, 16:37) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Which one white privileges jesus or come on u know ...the Nazarine... some of us go church every day but no nothing about the real truth ....yeah that how coning the serpent is he destroyed the image of the truth because he couldn't destroy it for wat it was .... the truth. ...so even though he live still he cant reach his purpose of his mission to save soul by enlighten ones ....the devil is a card player ...but he playing a game he can't win for it already won already ....
  • Interested (07/04/2021, 15:07) Like (33) Dislike (7) Reply
    I am tired of all this racism talk in the BVI.
    How did we get here?
    Is someone a racist because enough people say so on the blogs ?
    • @ interested (07/04/2021, 16:51) Like (7) Dislike (22) Reply
      Words and actions makes them one perfect example Gus Jaspert
      • jokers (08/04/2021, 00:00) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
        You people are playing dumb and having fun. If you can’t take criticism from a white man without resorting to ‘racism’ it shows you to be simple minded or willfully playing games. If the critic is racist, blast them. But you just blast any Caucasian for anything because you are hiding - either your own lack of intelligence when confronted with life’s complexity, or your crippling weakness in the face of valid criticism, or in some cases because you are corrupt and race is the easy way to deflect attention.
        And yes, I am white and this is written for the intelligent readers with red blood and gray matter - not you stupid asses projecting racism on everything to make yourselves sound wronged and righteous. Racism exists. It is vile. But most humans are good. Save your hate for the real bad ones. When they come, you’ll need it, and you’ll appreciate help from good people of any color.
    • what (07/04/2021, 18:11) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply

      De *****e people them brought it here. Remember when they started claiming the God given beaches as their own, or when they refused to higher locals but only befriend them to buy land, and they don't mingle with the locals only slithers from underneath their rocks when they feel something will affect them.
      Hope your question was answered.

      Stay woke my black people.

    • @ interested (07/04/2021, 19:15) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      Thanks for your opinion. Now please crawl back as wall whites are racist
    • guy hill (07/04/2021, 22:35) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Interested... I don't know how we get here with it. First white men I saw was Dr.Thomas (deceased), then Dentist Hurt (deceased), then Dr.Tattersal (TeamBVI@LA84 Olympics), My mother used to work at Hospital and she had introduced them to me early in my life. I met Robert Dickreid in George's wharf one Saturday morning in the 60's, I was over there catching those small mangroves snappers. He was asking questions.I remembersd dashing out of Dentist Hurt's office on one visit lol. They all being white, it stayed at that for me. They were all good human beings in my experience with them. Had they showed me any racism I would have told my mother. She was a quiet riot and would have set them straight early.
  • local girl (07/04/2021, 15:16) Like (10) Dislike (24) Reply
    A fisherman never say that is fish stink.
    Those iof us who've lived around them in the UK know how they are and who they are, so he can go sell that bs to all the yard boys, uncle Toms, house Negros and Jimbos on this island who still mentally in slavery.
  • hmmm (07/04/2021, 15:20) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply
    If he dont believed so he is so
  • Honestly (07/04/2021, 15:27) Like (34) Dislike (4) Reply
    Honestly! A lot of you’ll don’t like this man and that’s simple. CoP get blame for everything when it’s the citizens who’s protecting criminals each time.
  • Wait this the real (07/04/2021, 15:29) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Rubber duck.?..seem like he had a change of heart.lol
  • mad max (07/04/2021, 15:45) Like (31) Dislike (4) Reply
    Don't worry Mr. Matthews, in some peoples eyes, all white people are racists and it does not matter what you do, you will not change their minds.
  • support (07/04/2021, 15:50) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    SHOW ME YOUR FRIENDS AND I WILL TELL YOU WHO YOU ARE
  • Mr. Matthews (07/04/2021, 16:34) Like (21) Dislike (6) Reply
    I am a black local and I don’t see anything racist about you.
  • WILL SAY IT (07/04/2021, 16:38) Like (42) Dislike (3) Reply
    WE HAVE BLACKS LIVING HERE THAT IS RACIST TOWARDS THEIR OWN RACE.
    • True (07/04/2021, 18:02) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      And we have whites living here that are racist towards their own. So what is the problem?
  • @wait this the real (07/04/2021, 16:43) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    Yessa keep he hands tie behind his back hog tie style promoting proproganda...it a lot like he ....need to sort out 007. Too...
  • Eve ... (07/04/2021, 16:49) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply

    I put my money all on the leopard that he change his spot before the devil as for forgiveness. All day long...BS it in DNA deceitfulness...

  • @support (07/04/2021, 17:00) Like (4) Dislike (12) Reply

    EXACTLY....simple....nothing more to say...other than u can see how stupid and blind most of these people up out here on blog are ...he can look at u see wat u got ..no work and yes it drugs .....well we look at him see his friends who degrade our ancestors and surport the world biggest genocide that was committed against them ..that come oof like a norm to them his friends buddy's...get u &$ out of here u old fa*t. T

  • Mr commissioner (07/04/2021, 19:36) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    where you from black folks have nothing so you expect the same upon your arrival here but it well and good for whites to come into this country and operate dive companies, own multiple villas and yachts. mr former commissioner who does background check on your skin color when they come into the caribbean setting up these companies but a black person can not own a boat where they from: u have full access to dope and dope money tell the people how you come by your home in bvi. i am sure you own a rental property where you are from but after 5 years here you have beach front property and no one asked any questions.
  • BS (07/04/2021, 19:56) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    So a jobless black person who owns homes, fast boats and nice cars should be questioned. Maybe he did not earn it by entrepreneurship or investment.

    But the average white person like CoP Mathews has no special skills, obviously. He gets to go to the islands and get a well paid top job. His department cannot solve any crimes under his leadership. What immoral historical activities gave him that privilege?
    • @BS (08/04/2021, 10:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You're too full of BS, no wonder that's the name you chose. Most countries have unexplained wealth orders where they're going after CRIMINALS regardless of colour. It's not like the CoP will be going around the streets, pointing his finger at locals with money and dragging them into the station. There'll be a process and only select individuals will be investigated / made to prove the sources of their wealth.

      If someone earned it through entrepreneurship or investment then there is ZERO need for them to worry.

      Only criminals, REGARDLESS OF COLOUR (because we're not all racist or as ignorant as yourself), should be worrying. Hard working & law abiding citizens should be cheering for this legislation. This protects the innocent and roots out the guilty. Simple as.
    • No (08/04/2021, 11:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      No, fool. A jobless ANYONE with houses, cars, boats, race horses, no tax record, etc etc should be questioned. That’s how the law goes, and Duh!, it even applies to while, yellow, blue and green people. Stop your crap.
  • He’s right (07/04/2021, 20:19) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    my dad made millions from sellin drugs didn’t get caught and settled down has two homes and cars and never worked a day in his life so this is understandable to think like that
  • @laughter (07/04/2021, 20:29) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Rubber duck so think he smart and wise ...but as a fact stupid like hell and so ignorant...sence cant help him ...u can control that idiot with a feather ...lol.
  • Rubber Duck (◞≼◕≽◟ ;益;◞≼◕≽◟) (07/04/2021, 21:26) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    The genuine article
  • Norris Turnbull (07/04/2021, 22:50) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Racism is here in the Virgin Islands regardless of how many white friends, local friends, black friends you think you have.
  • jah (08/04/2021, 02:03) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    "I don't believe that I am a racist in any shape or form" .This statement will be the title of my new chapter in my book " Cop M. MATHEWS ,racism , Discrimination & RVIPF new Era " . Racism is an Act or feelings?
  • justic (08/04/2021, 07:21) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    is it justic or just us because to have a commissioner of people come out and make such blantent questionable statements in public tells you what he personally thinks about people. the law states that a person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law: the very same commissioner of police will not come to tell the people about the countless unsolved crimes in this territory he simply behind the fact that such matters are under investigation so he cant disclose. my personal take on the subject if you point you finger at our people there are others in this little town with more wealth than others so in interest of justice let investigate all of us. justice have to fair because the the commissioner of police have no clue where the foreign investors get his big money from. money laundering is also a crime and his white friends are very notorious for money laundering. it cant simply be just us we need justice

  • Wait (08/04/2021, 10:44) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    So ... what is wrong with the man employed to fight crime seeing what everyone else can see: boats and houses and toys that only the very very rich can afford to own and operate. We see it. He sees it. We all understand the money that hard workers, clever businesspeople, legitimate earners are spending, and even most of them don’t have enough cash to run boats like that for playtime. So the cop sees it and wonders what we wonder: how they get that kind of money?
    If you call that an act of racism, you are just lying to yourself or you are truly simple in the head. You all can pretend what is not true is true but only for a while. Your fake racist bull already stinks but at some point it will infect you, not the rest of us who can distinguish real from nonsense. Hope you vaccinated against your own bull crap.
    • @ Wait (08/04/2021, 16:50) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      can tell you came here via boat or plane our forefathers were always boat owner and lived in nice homes. some talking piss in this territory have nothing where they came from.


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