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Slavery Reparations? VI has nothing to get from UK - Gov Jaspert

- calls for the preservation of slave owner names on VI landmarks
Governor of the Virgin Islands, His Excellency, Augustus J.U. Jaspert has said the UK position on paying reparations to the Virgin Islands for acts of slavery and the slave trade is not the position of the crown at the moment, hinting that the VI should expect nothing. Photo: VINO/File
The Queen’s representative H.E. Augustus J.U. Jaspert was at the time speaking on a live Facebook interview today, Monday, September 7, 2020, with 284 Media. Photo: Facebook
The Queen’s representative H.E. Augustus J.U. Jaspert was at the time speaking on a live Facebook interview today, Monday, September 7, 2020, with 284 Media. Photo: Facebook
Meanwhile, many Virgin Islanders, social commentator Claude O. Skelton-Cline had called for places in the VI named after slave traders, thieves and murders to be renamed. Photo: VINO/File/Internet Source
Meanwhile, many Virgin Islanders, social commentator Claude O. Skelton-Cline had called for places in the VI named after slave traders, thieves and murders to be renamed. Photo: VINO/File/Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Governor of the Virgin Islands, His Excellency, Augustus J.U. Jaspert has said the United Kingdom's (UK) position on paying reparations to the Virgin Islands for acts of slavery and the slave trade is not the position of the Crown at the moment, hinting that the VI should expect nothing.

The Queen’s representative was at the time speaking on a live Facebook interview today, Monday, September 7, 2020, with 284 Media.

Past was a horrific – Gov Jaspert

According to Governor Jaspert, “In terms of the past… that was a horrific period, it’s an issue. I think it’s one that is right to recognise and to think through in terms of ensuring that we keep on tackling and challenging any injustices,” while noting that racism must be tackled and eradicated.

However, when questioned on whether the UK intends to pay reparations in the Virgin Islands, he hinted that the Crown has no intentions of compensating people of African descent for the terror and injustices they suffered as a result of chattel slavery practised by the UK.

“In terms of reparations, that’s not a position the United Kingdom has taken, that’s not something that here [VI], that’s is in the position, but I think it is always worth ensuring that we learn lessons from the past and we reflect on what a horrific period in history that was,” he said.

Keep names of slave owners on VI Landmarks – Governor Jaspert

Meanwhile, many Virgin Islanders, including radio hosts/Social commentators Claude O. Skelton Cline and Cromwell Smith aka ‘Edju Enka’ had called for places in the VI named after slave traders, thieves and murders, to be renamed. 

“All the places that we have is named after these murderers and thieves," Smith told the listening audience on an episode on his Umoja show on Thursday, January 9, 2020.

However, the Governor has indicated that he shares a difference in opinion, which is to preserve the names of landmarks that were named after the very people, like Sir Francis Drake, who inflicted decades of harm and suffering on the ancestors of Virgin Islanders and other Caribbean people.

Governor’s office remains a remnant of slavery

“I think it’s really important that people are taught the history and taught to understand… a specific name change maybe takes it away, rather actually explaining and making sure that people understand what these various different symbols, names and places meant and understand the full history around them.”

Since the Interview, many progressive Virgin Islanders have said the Governor’s response and presence in the Virgin Islands is a manifestation of white supremacy and that his office remains a remnant of slavery and colonial rule.

157 Responses to “Slavery Reparations? VI has nothing to get from UK - Gov Jaspert”

  • Pendulum (07/09/2020, 18:30) Like (62) Dislike (14) Reply
    We must all learn from the past. Allowing the pendulum to swing the other way and actively discriminating against expats, down islanders, and work permit holders is not the way forward.
    • @ Pendulum (07/09/2020, 19:22) Like (39) Dislike (36) Reply

      for god sake Governor stop trying to change the subject from your rac*** statement

      • Reply (07/09/2020, 22:15) Like (18) Dislike (7) Reply
        he got the balls to even blog SMH
      • @pendulum (07/09/2020, 23:30) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
        As a local we are being bulldozed by expats because of our laws and regulations. Every country has laws don't they?
        BVIl have to be careful that the pendulum don't swing too swiftly to knock us out of where we belong. bc I was told by many expats that they want the BVI to be a FREE-WILL country so they can move about freely as they please smh!
    • qc (07/09/2020, 21:30) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Where are the March this man is out of order and a kkk
    • Jonah? (08/09/2020, 07:43) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      Jonah will say anything to distract from the bad luck he is bringing to this territory.
    • @pendulum (09/09/2020, 10:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Stop deflecting white person... pay us back, and pay back the African Expats too! Period!!
  • Massa seh (07/09/2020, 18:33) Like (12) Dislike (7) Reply
    Colonizers are the worst.
    • Hand out culture (07/09/2020, 22:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Has created beggars..
      • @ Hand Out culture (09/09/2020, 10:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        I can see they worked really hard to steal almost every nation’s wealth and made it their own...but they didn’t beg for it ‘did they’? You all are descendants of a different type of evil!
    • wet (08/09/2020, 15:31) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
      Hope the premier is writing the FCO on these racist statements
    • @ massa seh (08/09/2020, 21:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      100% agreed
  • Hmmm (07/09/2020, 18:34) Like (11) Dislike (6) Reply
    One way or the other the wicked will pay ....u better believe that ..take ur pic ......ROOTS
    • @ hmmm (07/09/2020, 20:08) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
      One way or another each person will pay for their unrepentant sins on Judgment Day.

      You better examine yourselves instead of fixating on earthly matters.
  • Ignorance (07/09/2020, 18:36) Like (5) Dislike (33) Reply
    Oh my people suffer for lack of wisdom. You are been used to carryout an agenda of making your people believe in an inferiority complex based on events where the truth was twisted and brought forward as lies. Open your eyes and mind and stop believing in propaganda.

    We were not slaves and our names are not slavemasters names. They are ours from time we were in Europe etc. Furthermore many of these so call tyrants are or own people.
  • Anonymous (07/09/2020, 18:36) Like (48) Dislike (28) Reply

    wow this is telling!!!! I told you all the man is a ra****t

  • one eye (07/09/2020, 18:39) Like (48) Dislike (34) Reply
    This man telling you all black lives does not matter
    • Really Now (08/09/2020, 09:27) Like (12) Dislike (7) Reply
      Do we blacks treat each other any better? We call each ither black shit. Negro so what. Fix yourselves first.
      • @ Really Now (08/09/2020, 11:40) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply

        Stop trying to change the subject the man is a r****t bottom line

      • @Really Now (09/09/2020, 10:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        ... and what do you white people call each other? Just stop the evil!
      • zee (11/09/2020, 20:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        thats what the Colonisers taught us to do. Blame them
  • True (07/09/2020, 18:56) Like (27) Dislike (6) Reply
    so to get repatrations you need goback to Africa the place where the men they celebrate and revere were the very slave sellers you want the UK topay you back for. This also means returning all Crown land,losing your citizenship as surely you will not want to be linked to such people so give up your UK passport, your USA passport. Go back to The Congo which is where most caribbean slaves came fromand find out how Leopold II whipped the bible into you and how you still follow the masters controlby following a book forced on your ancestors. But hey get some cash for a new phone or some gold to make you look and feel better.
    • @True (07/09/2020, 20:19) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
      Repatriation is one thing. But I think what they were looking for is reparations. Now if they studied the history, they would see slavery ended with the UK. Before the UK, there were the french, Dutch, Spanish, why aren't they going to them for reparations. Why go to the UK whose parliament ended the thing, which took them years to do by the way. Colonisation was not a political thing. It was business. Why not go after the estate of the businessmen who profited from the trade. I think people really need to read a bit more before firing off demands. It is crazy.
      • voter (07/09/2020, 23:15) Like (1) Dislike (10) Reply
        Why don’t you crawl back under the rock you came from? Some things never changes..
      • False Truth (08/09/2020, 08:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        If you profited under the law and the law was wrong and unjust then the law is responsible. The laws are there to make people whole from wrongs that were done.
      • Comment (09/09/2020, 10:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Please, pure foolishness. Every single one of those so called businessmen had to give money to the leaders of their nations. Why do you think the queen of England is so wealthy? You guys are grasping at straws. Evil wisdom, is hell’s wisdom!
    • @ True (09/09/2020, 10:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Crown land? You all stole ever land that you claim, you killed off the natives throughout the Caribbean and Americas and took their land and wealth, you went to Africa trying to get human labour and was successful, and when you were done you went after those very same kings and queens of Africa that helped you and colonized Africa to take their resources and wealth. You circled the globe stealing, raping, killing and destroying families. Then called yourself elicits and superior. You have learned nothing throughout the centuries you are the same as your hell-bent ancestors and very sick in mind! You think that there is no Jesus, no justice, no hell!
  • vi (07/09/2020, 19:18) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
    all like that high way you all named sir Francis Drake highway...why couldn't it be named after one of our own that fought for our freedom?
    • Strupes (08/09/2020, 09:32) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      Name after our own locals what? Strupes these are same fools who sell out the bvi quick for a dollar so hush your silly self.
      • @ Strupes (09/09/2020, 11:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You sound sooo foolish, who is talking about them? You truly don’t know VI history.
    • @vi (09/09/2020, 11:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      It can be, let’s take a stand!
  • Hehehe (07/09/2020, 19:22) Like (34) Dislike (3) Reply
    I chuckle and wonder if this is really how the interview went down or if it is being taken out of context. Wonder if the governor is laughing if he has read this. Just funny!
    • @ Hehehe (07/09/2020, 19:30) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply

      ok Ms Ma* thought you were gone with your racist blogs

      • Hehehe (07/09/2020, 20:13) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
        Lol, this is the level of intelligence of people. Not only do they know your race from a blog but also your name...sarcasm intended!
  • LP (07/09/2020, 19:23) Like (35) Dislike (26) Reply

    there can be no more guessing about this man Mr Governor's heart! Ra**** and w**** sup***** at play loud and clear

  • Hmmm (07/09/2020, 19:31) Like (70) Dislike (17) Reply
    "Since the Interview, many progressive Virgin Islanders have said the Governor’s response and presence in the Virgin Islands is a manifestation of white supremacy and that his office remains a remnant of slavery and colonial rule."

    This sums it up so accurately!!! WHO VEX GO FLEX
  • HAHA (07/09/2020, 19:52) Like (23) Dislike (8) Reply
    He could never sleep in peace making comments like that in the US. They would run him out of the governor's house with protest and marching day and night. He would have to apologize and clarify even if he felt he did no wrong. We dont need these slave masters name to learn anything about the past and our history. We don't need reparations, what we need is the descendants of the slave masters to know that history will not repeat itself.
  • Anne (07/09/2020, 19:59) Like (9) Dislike (10) Reply
    We black people must ack as one. Then we will get a lot of thing do.
  • facts (07/09/2020, 20:27) Like (15) Dislike (14) Reply
    This man is the Head of undercover racism
  • east end man (07/09/2020, 20:28) Like (8) Dislike (9) Reply
    I agree with Hon. Fraser that a Governor should be heard and not seen.
  • To Governor (07/09/2020, 20:30) Like (13) Dislike (10) Reply
    You need to stop dancing around this issue and admitt that the UK was wrong and until they pay the decendants of slaves they will remain wrong.
  • watch man (07/09/2020, 20:32) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Don’t let these people come and change vi history
  • one eye (07/09/2020, 20:36) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply

    I am speechless with this r****st

  • Agreeable One (07/09/2020, 20:58) Like (13) Dislike (10) Reply
    I actually agree with the governor with a big BUT! No black person in the BVI today was a slave and no white person today was a slave owner. So I agree with the governor. BUT the slave owners in the UK were compensated millions for their loss of business when slavery was abolished. Their families are still benefitting to this day. Fair is fair. Do not give black people money, it will mess most of them up. But provide them with a state of the art education system, opportunities for real entrepreneurship, opportunities to own their own banking system, their own stock exchange, enable them to start new industries, state the art trade schools, allow them the opportunity to qualify and to excell at every level in the finance sector and others. Level the playing field by the UK “FINANCING” all
    those areas and the talk about reparations as we know will be over. You got yours now let us get ours.
    • @ agreeabl one (07/09/2020, 22:11) Like (5) Dislike (9) Reply
      That is pure lies and propaganda. Every white man living in the BVI is a descendant of slave owners, or white privilege. The blacks on the islands (BVI) forefathers came here as slaves.

      For you to write such hate is another example of white power and KKK type behavior. We would not allow you to rewrite history and facts. Stop it VINO, going forward do not allow them to get away with such foolishness, Whites like other places need to pay up for their wickedness to other humans, mainly BLACKS
      • Agreeable One (08/09/2020, 10:02) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
        That right there is part of OUR problem, we feed off emotions and not facts. First of all I am black and from right here! Secondly, if you were not so emotional you would notice that based on what I said the descendants of the slave owners will be paying reparations TO THE DESCENDANTS of the slaves. Black people will never catch up to white people because the white man never lose sight of the prize but we focusing too much on the past and not as much on getting ahead. We built this BVI without the white man help after slavery and if we did it then, we can do it again with God’s help. Wake up and realize you can be slowed down but never stopped if you want it bad enough. We are often our own worse enemies. Shalom!
      • @@agreeabl one (08/09/2020, 13:37) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        How is every white man living in the BVI a descendant of slave owners? Even a basic understanding of BVI's history and geneaology would make it blindly obvious your statement is incorrect. As for it being white privilege, how is this true? I'll accept it's true for some very rich white people, but not for those who moved here for a different kind of life to work in the tourist industry as a deckhand or divemaster etc.

        In terms of the reparations paid to white slave owners, as a UK tax payer I was paying for the loans the government took out in the 1800s to fund those payments. Half my family hadn't even migrated to the UK in the 1800s. So injustice abounds everywhere.

        I am all for the very few wealthy families of the time being forced to pay reparations to the many they exploited. The problem with this is that it is not a colour/race thing, it is a class thing.

        As for your final rant, I am with you in being against 'white power and KKK type behavior'. Please ensure you hold yourself to your own reasonable standard and never be wicked a 'down islander'
  • Sad (07/09/2020, 21:08) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply

    And he will get away with his ra******ts attitude

    • Hmm (08/09/2020, 09:40) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      When blacks commits bias act against black and abuse of power, tell me who punish blacks. Fix us first
  • rattie (07/09/2020, 21:11) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
    Now tell me if we need anymore evidence of racism this is sad and telling where is the fco?
  • cnn (07/09/2020, 21:31) Like (9) Dislike (11) Reply
    If he had said this anywhere else he would have had to resign already

    As a black man I am very insulted
    • @ CNN (08/09/2020, 01:59) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Everyone would have had to resign for not having the same opinion
      • reply to cnn (08/09/2020, 08:26) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
        Stop the lies Blacks cannot be racist only the white power and economic structure who did the enslavement is the subject at hand
    • Really (08/09/2020, 09:47) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      We have our own issues here such as when Postmistress bring gun men on the job to threaten staff this same Bvi law turn their head the other way. Now you all want justice due the Governor comment no problem but fix our shit here amongst us black first. Right is right and wrong is wrong. Justice is for all not some. Do not bother to respond because i will not be reading. BIAS in the BVI.
  • Dancing in the sunshine (07/09/2020, 21:41) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    The statement by the Governor is a reflection of the white Colonial Master mentality. I am not surprised by the Governor's remarks since they have benefited tremendously from exploitation of the slaves who they had considered as properties of the plantation owner. The Monarchy as well as the churches have benefited from the salve's labour to enrich the British Empire. From India to Africa and the West Indies the came as savior to bring investments to develop the colonies and exploited everywhere to build the British Empire.

    As if slavery wasn't bad enough, when slavery was abolished, the slave owners were paid compensation for the loss of labour (properties) on the plantations. No wonder we noticed the aggression of the British to re-colonize the territory. I thank God that we have a Premier like Hon. Andrew Fahie to stand up against the Governor because even the little that we have here will be taken away from us. The Governor has the audacity to make such a statement in the territory. In other countries he would have been asked to leave. I hope the Foreign and Commonwealth office is taking note of the statement.
    • again (08/09/2020, 10:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Nor am i against what he said since his so called racist comments, it could possibly been misunderstood. Anyway andrew fahie stand up for who he want to because he is not taking my calls when it comes to the death threats in the post office. Once again address this issue first. IF I was the one who carried men with gun to flash at postmistress I would of been the jail. BIAS
  • @@hmmm (07/09/2020, 21:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank u for knowing so good we reap wat we sow......even our thoughts too ..dirty heart
  • Wow (07/09/2020, 21:52) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Not all of we black people lookin handouts or approval from the white man. Many of us living good and doing what we got to do.... the same black folks who have nothing, broke, dont have no future plans, smashin and dashin off on their children will do absolutely NOTHING with their reparations check. Black people are their own problem....not white people and what they did hundreds of years ago...that slave talk is dead and is for the weak who lookin for an excuse.....WEAK! Ain everybody got the strength so they gon find a crutch and this slavery bs is one of MANY!
    • @wow (09/09/2020, 06:54) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      I ask heaven and earth to record the things you are saying. Remember I say this to you. You will reap what you talk. You have no knowledge and you speak like a. FOOLISH man!!!
  • @@hmmm (07/09/2020, 22:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Repent hmmm u dont hear u reap wat u already done my dear...guess u turn in all urs sins .
  • west (07/09/2020, 22:11) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    This Jeaspert dude must go this is time to march on the white house
  • E. Leonard (07/09/2020, 22:18) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    Slavery, along with imperialism and colonialism, was the UK’s greatest sin and it is doubling down on that sin heaping cocobay pun top ah yaws. Even in death, Slaves are continued to be dehumanized, brutalized, dissed, disrespected and pissed on. The UK was a leader in the Atlantic Slave Trade with it and Portugal being the most successful, accounting for approximately 70% of the Slaves transported across the Atlantic under horrible conditions. Thousands had a watery grave across the Atlantic.

    The blood, sweat and tears of Slave labour built the UK’s economy. Though the UK abolished Slave Trade in 1807, Slavery was not abolished until 01 August 1834. It is important to note that though Slavery was abolished in 1834, Slaves had to work an additional 4 years to buy their freedom.

    Moreover, to pay for the 1833 Abolition Act, the UK borrowed £20M to compensate slave owners for lost of their property. The £20M equated to 40% of the UK budget at the time. By the way, the loan was paid off in 2015. Some approx 3000 slave-owning families were compensated, including the families of some prominent Britons. Everyone but Slaves and their descendants benefited from Slavery. Neither Slaves nor their descendants have yet to received even a “hapeny.”

    Slave trade, Slavery and Slave labour built the UK economy. In addition to building the economy, Slavery also created a special privilege for White Britons. They have benefited and continue to benefit from Slavery. They enjoyed special privileges in education, healthcare, land purchase, housing, jobs, employment, nutrition..........etc. As the US is removing Confederate monuments, so too should the VI remove the names of alleged thieves, murders...etc from landmarks. The Guv rationale for. Keeping them is pure nonsense.
    • @ E. Leonard (09/09/2020, 11:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Very well written, our ancestors would be very proud of you... and I am guessing his evil ancestors would be proud of his statements as well.
  • ccc (07/09/2020, 22:20) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    can't believe what I am reading!!! is this man still the Governor or has he resigned?
  • Foot Soldier (07/09/2020, 22:22) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Money cannot compensate the years of pain, suffering , and injustice inflicted on the people of these shores by British rule under the guise of colonialism . The least the Governor can do is to apologize to the people on behalf of the U.K. and rename those landmarks with VI people who have made valuable contribution to freedom of BV ., What nonsense ... who wants to relive anguish . BVI people stop Fighting down your own island brothers and sisters . You see where loyalties and allegiance lies even in injustice ....
    • BETO (08/09/2020, 17:32) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Those island brothers an d sisters are not our brothers and sisters. Keep on living. Dont want no convenient brothers, sisters or cousins.
    • Wrong (09/09/2020, 11:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Money and an apology is a good start!
  • um (07/09/2020, 22:37) Like (8) Dislike (25) Reply
    Some of you need to get off your high horse. The man ain't no damm racist, he can only say what the UK is doing and he doesn't get to change that. He is right, changing names doesn't remove the history or make it better, it just covers it up. What about the BVI own history? What about how a man who pushed for the BVI to take back its own land, only for his fellow campaigners to get rich from it and leave him with nothing.. or the other land thief(s) who sell out.
    • @ um (08/09/2020, 08:31) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      For you to even write something like that after it’s clear that the man is speaking hate, left me even more angry. After 100 years of slavery where the slave masters were paid and the slaves got nothing. To say that we should leave up sir francis drake channel a slave master speaks volume as to what kind of governor he is and the man Fahie and the VIP have to put up with for another year.

      He needs to be fired and recalled his statement are big time racist and a manifestation of white supremacy and privilege
      • $%^&& (08/09/2020, 09:54) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply

        What are you so upset about after all we treat our blacks no different than racist people so get over it. I agree with um. Dig that

  • no kidding (07/09/2020, 23:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The hardest part of rigging a game is keeping a straight face...
  • Ghost (08/09/2020, 00:03) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Listen.. what this Gov. is saying is what him and the crown believes.. The US, the same thing..all this talk about reparations they Are not going to do ANYHING!! You think that these countries don’t know what they did was wrong?.. God’s own people were slaves in Egypt and He freed them as He did our people .. And when we accept this we will be better for it. They may not have done it to us - this generation but it doesn’t change our history of the Injustices being done to our Race and it’s still going on today..They probably laugh at us locals & expats fighting against each other - that’s why this xenophobic war is so stupid from both sides.. we are one people- one Race.. we should be coming together not dividing..I agree that we need to have those slave traders/ owners names removed and put our own people.the History should also be taught to our children/ people so “they know” where we came from and “that” “No Race” is better than ours.. we were brain-washed to believe that Black skin is ugly but God made us Beautiful for we are the “Only” Race with many shades of Beautiful.. (google the poem: “ Lord, Lord why did you make me Black”)..Most Important is that we let “No one “ enslave us again whether it be physically or mentally..What we need to be doing is trying to put ourselves in a position in “Every” way that we don’t need the UK.God’s Mill May grind slow but they will All get their reward for their injustices, past and present to our Race.. and if we will also get ours if we don’t stop it against each other as well..
    • Rubber Duck (08/09/2020, 09:19) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
      The British did not invent slavery, at one time they were slaves themselves. But they did end it.
  • Truth (08/09/2020, 00:26) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    The truth hurts, just how you all discriminate against, people who comes here ,you taste a piece of you own medicine.
  • Lost Lemon (08/09/2020, 04:53) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    I must agree with most of the bloggers his comments are insensitive and could be racist

    It doesnot mean that he is a racist but very very bad attitude
  • 911 (08/09/2020, 04:56) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    He is the governor for him hate speech can be free speech
  • fromafar (08/09/2020, 05:08) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is so sad , why are we not marching against this , from a child I never believed the UK was treating us right , now as an adult I see clearly the abuse and discrimination has come full circle. I said it before and i will say it again lets break ties wit the UK they are no real benefit to us, I agree with the Premier, there is a hidden agenda for these islands we have to fend for ourselves for everything and if they do help they want to be reimbursed millions , what are we waiting for? Those of you that come to live among us I know your position on this matter you will like us to remain the "BVI" for your personal benefit ,for example status, monetary gain, but for the Virgin Islander their is no benefit what so ever.
    • @fromafar (08/09/2020, 13:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Agree with you in so far that the Governor's reported comments on renaming places/landmarks etc is dismissive and disrespectful and does not show any sensitivity to these current times, nor the abhorrent history behind the slave trade. In terms of independence, that's the VI's choice - I think the UK Gov would be delighted to rid itself of such a liability.
      Your last point is just wrong. You do not, and cannot, know the position of everyone 'that come to live among us'. Saying there is no benefit to the Virgin Islander in remaining a British Citizen is false (although I will concede some of those benefits have diminished after the Brexit shambles). And I am not sure what monetary gain benefit foreigners who come to live here get that is not available elsewhere or to the BVIslander?
  • Truth (08/09/2020, 06:01) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    We must keep the name of the slave owners, yet we get nothing in return from the UK for what the slave owners did to us! LOOK, history taught us that the UK raped us,(both figuratively and literally) benefited from our resources and became rich. Now, we should not expect any reparation. In fact, we not getting any?

    Listen to this, if you broke into someone's house and steal the valuables that are inside that house, then you went about and profited from those valuables. You were then caught by the authorities, wouldn't you be made to pay back the value of what was stolen , plus a fine?
    • @ truth (10/09/2020, 13:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      is your name on your birth certificate,passports and everything else not under the names of colonizers. Why,?? You have the power to change it .
  • R.i.P (08/09/2020, 06:04) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    as progressive people we should have push pass this level of conversation. I find lots of conversation center around the pass let’s pick ourselves up and open the doors to our future where we aspire to be as a Virgin Islands People come 2050 and beyond our territory was branded a bird sanctuary way back then look at us now because of the vision of our forefathers. Stop the historical conversation and do some forward projections: stop holding on to UK coat tail push pass 1834 for heaven sake
  • Yes (08/09/2020, 06:23) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    I am proud to be Dominican, there is no slavery there a free country
    • DA (08/09/2020, 07:30) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      Dominica? You mean the only country that Christopher Columbus would recognise if he came back today?
      • @DA (08/09/2020, 09:36) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        Do you mean because of the fact that the indigenous Caribs that could not be overcome are still there today. You mean because it is unspoilt and it have so much food that it was willing to share with you after Irma. Every country has it problems but well done to DA for being independent. What about this country, not independent but want to be but still want to eat from UK hand but still want to nag the UK about colonisation and reparation. This country that cannot produce it's own food and do not have one remnant of an indigenous inhabitant but yet still they calling for who indigenous and who not. GOD BLESS DOMINICA!!
        • @@DA (09/09/2020, 02:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          With all that Dominica have you still prefer to be here. It is imature to talk about what one country does for another after a dssaster, Every county assist each other when dissaster hit. Today for me tomorrow for you.. When VI assist other countris we do not expect compensation .
          • rico (10/09/2020, 12:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            Dominicans have all that blessings?
            You sure? Can't be. They ,plenty y plenty are here and too many want to be by here.
            People like that scare me. Sumting wrong upstairs and ,they can't mean good.
  • New Form of house Slaves (08/09/2020, 06:44) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Our leaders are now the new form of house Slaves, They lock us down innocently, dont care how we eat, sleep, or our Physical and mental health, they are been deceived, brain washed by their masters to think that Covit is now the only illness we can get and die from.. When I check my list of serious illnesses, Covid isnt in the top 10, We the innocent powerless continue to suffer by the hands of those house slaves with the power...I agree with the Gov. When we stop enslaving our own and freeing our minds, we can collectively in strength talk about reparation....Yep.
  • ReX FeRal (08/09/2020, 06:49) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    Gus is an oppurtunist. He needs to go. Born in 1977. Dont know how much he red about history.
  • Yes (08/09/2020, 07:28) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    I am so sorry Dr. Sowande is in government, because that is one person who wouldn't have taken this lightly
  • Unacceptable. Leaders must react strongly. (08/09/2020, 07:50) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Every single elected member of the HOA need to stand up, voice a vociferous condemnarion of this and ask for his immediate removal
  • out of place or of touch (08/09/2020, 08:04) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    The amount of people defending such blatantly racist remarks from the governor is astonishing.

    The amount of people defending slavery is astonishing. DO you think every black person was sold into slavery NO those white men had guns while the Africans did not they were forced into slavery. MANY MANY MANY did not even survive the trip across the seas trapped on a boat with white rapists.

    They killed natives and aboriginals THE WORLD OVER from Africa to Australia into South America and BACK up into North America. These acts fall squarely on their shoulders & humans have not evolved since. The same people

    All of you saying if not for the UK this If not for the UK that. Shut up plenty of people in the UK did not want slavery abolished. There were plenty of violent rebellions one way or another Black people would rise up or die trying. What is life as a slave whipped at violated on the whim of another human. They watch Africa now thankful there is no African nation with no nuclear weapons to stand confidently at the table.

    They cant catch themselves yet after these white racist inhuman colonizers ravaged the whole continent except a few select nations including Ethiopia.

    This is history. This is fact. You dont have to be racist to acknowledge your ancestors were done wrong & the mentality that led that is still here in people's minds but they afraid to say N****r now to your face. The Governor and his ignorant remarks are offensive, insensitive, non diplomatic and ignorantly racist.

    If we look at the truth of these historical figures and change names what is that taking off them??? It is admission of wrong doing, admission of what their empire was built upon.

    They want to say it was TERRIBLE but they dont mean it.
  • parent (08/09/2020, 08:40) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    So after three years of Augustus Jaspert the chickens have come home!!! You wonder why he was behaving the way he was against the elected government, now you have it, he is wolf in sheep’s clothing his beliefs are anti-black and anti-enslavement of a people.

    He has shown us his hands, he has showed us his cards, he has showed us his heart…its dark and cold and he has no regards for blacks NONE I have lost all respect for Augustus!!!!
  • Entitlement (08/09/2020, 09:12) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Until people lose their sense of victimhood from the crimes of previous eras they will never move on and be successful in their own right. If I am failing at school or struggling to keep a job due to laziness is that the fault of slavery from a bygone age? The VI is geared towards providing advantages to its locals, priority on property purchases, favourable bank rates, and priority on trade licenses, amongst other things. If you cannot make a success of yourself with these advantages at your finger tips then that is on you and not the crimes of the past.

    If my parents were raised in an environment of poverty and repression do I use this as a crutch on which to blame my own failings or do I use it to drive me to work hard and secure better things for my own children? We all have that choice. Reparations in the form of pure cash payments would do nothing to truly atone for the crimes of the past, as suggested by someone above any form of reparation should be in the form of improving the quality of and access to education for our children. This will allow them to truly succeed and have a sense of self worth rather than waiting for a handout from the white man.
  • plantation (08/09/2020, 09:43) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Yes slavery was not a good thing but people before comments are made do some research on the Matter and you will find that it has two sides I am not saying that England will or will not give the Vi any thing but the Governor cannot beblamed on that matter he is only the messanger what needsto be done the Goverment of thecountry has to deal with it but remember even though we are descendants of slaves, the slaves who worked on plantation were brought from Africa. They got children who participated in the work process but as time went on things were lihgtned up by England for the treatmrnt of slaves Wwilliam Wilber force was one of the person who fought on the behalf of the emancipation/abolition of slaves.Each caribbean had their own internal way in which they deal with the abolition of slaves and slavery Yes the Governor has a role to play but he hasto go from what England says we are a Britich Subject so I do not think that he shouldbe called R,,,,,. America has the sane problem the British has slaves working in america and some of the colies were under Britian until such time so e haveto be mindfull in the way things are seen I wish that at least a teacher of history will add some constructive remarksto this discussion to help clear up some of the concerns.
  • asking for a friend (08/09/2020, 09:47) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    where is the public outrage over these racist hateful statement? I guess they only have strength for a vino cartoon
  • @entitlement (08/09/2020, 10:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lord I pray to take the vale off the eyes of u and the many like u so we can go forward as a nation and not like ravenous theives ....u must determine wat it is to be successful wen u do rewrite ur blog I am waiting..ur dear kindagarden
    • Entitlement (08/09/2020, 11:19) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      How can you go forward if you allow the past to consume you? What prevents a child born in these islands today from succeeding academically and professionally? The economy generates a lot of money so there is no excuse for education here to be underfunded.

      To use a trite example, why do so many youngsters feel the need to ride around on scooters causing a menace? How does that benefit them and the wider society? Why do parents not take responsibility for their children running wild? Is that a natural outcome from slavery from 200 years ago?

      Too many people fail to take responsibility for their own actions and their own destiny. As long as they have someone or something to blame it gives them an easy way from facing up to their own failings.
  • Hmmm (08/09/2020, 10:22) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wat is he teaching those two boys hmmm ...lord have mercy on there souls ....generation curst
  • E. Leonard (08/09/2020, 10:30) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    AJU Jaspert, the crown rep and the de facto head of state, is parroting the UK’s position on reparation, ie, making amends for the dehumanizing and brutalizing of VI ancestors(Slaves), along with exploiting slave labour to build the UK’s economy, enhance its quality of life and standard of living, and creating White privilege. Undoubtedly, the UK wants the descendants of slaves, along with the rest of the world, to move on from slavery, imperialism and colonialism. It wants to whitewash what happened in the past, hoping for a collective amnesia. Well, not so fast, for the UK and others need to make amends for their horrific and inhumane actions against Slaves and make their descendants whole. For example, the Mau Maus in Kenya were paid reparation. The Jews were compensated. The Japanese were for their internment. The Slave owners were compensated. The UK borrowed £20M in 1833, 40% of its budget, to compensate them; loan paid off in 2015. So why not reparation Slave descendants?

    Moreover, some advocates against reparation for Slave descendants claim it would bankrupt the Bank of England. The UK borrowed £20M in 1833 to pay slave owners and the Bank of England didn’t go bankrupt. However, now nuff crocodile tears are being shed when it comes to reparation for Slave descendants. Do Black lives have no value? Yes. Did Slave labour have value. Yes. It built the UK’s economy, created White privilege, laid the down the foundation for industrialization.........etc. Further, the advocates against reparation is trying to make the ludicrous and nonsensical claim that there were sacrifices by both the slave traders, slave owners and colonialists and Slaves. Hogwash!

    In the history books that were written by Colonialists, all kinds of false Brer Nanci stories were written. All those books need to be taken to dung heap. History must be written and preserve, but it must be truthful and accurate. What did pirates, buccaneers, murders.......etc contribute to the VI community and be rewarded with having their names associated with landmarks?
    • Concern UK Taxpayer (08/09/2020, 16:53) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Brits are supposed to be diplomats and adroit at diplomacy. And though Governor Jaspert was towing the UK line, as the UK representative in the BVI, his language should have been more cautious, deliberate and strategic. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office cannot be thrilled with this performance. He let the cat out of the proverbial bag. Disappointed!

      On another note, you want the current generations of Britons to pay reparation for the sins of past generations of Britons. The current generations should bear that burden. No Briton alive today participated in chattel slavery and didn’t owned any slaves. Reparation would be a huge debt that could bankrupt the UK. That is not in the interest of anyone. Slavery was horrible but it is time to turn the page.
      • E. Leonard (08/09/2020, 18:30) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        “ On another note, you want the current generations of Britons to pay reparation for the sins of past generations of Britons. The current generations should not bear that burden. No Briton alive today participated in chattel slavery and didn’t owned any slaves.” This is an olde, tired canard that is often floated against reparation for Slave descendants. As the saying goes, that old dog can’t hunt. The Big question is has Britons benefited from Slavery and Slave labour and continues to benefit? Yes. Was Slave labour the fuel that drove the UK’s economic engine? Yes. Did Slavery and Slave labour created an environment of White privilege, providing preferential treatment and opportunity, eg, in education, healthcare, employment/jobs, nutrition, social services, places of abode, acquiring of assets, places of worship.... ..etc. Yes. Do the right thing and make Slave descendants whole.

        By the way, it is an uncommon belief that Slave descendants are only looking for cash payments. Well, reparation is more than cash payments. Along with being dehumanized, traumatized and brutalized, Slaves were adversely impacted in other ways, eg, education, health, employment/jobs, family separation ........etc.

        Consequently, programmes need to be developed, implemented and funded to provide opportunity(s) to allow progress in these other areas. How can one compete in a race if one starts the race at least 50 metres behind the starting line? Even Bolt could not make up that delta at his peak. Let’s debate. It is not enough to angrily strike the dislike button and run way.
  • ausar (08/09/2020, 10:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I dont know why we as Black people are even surprised at this statement!

    This man represents an institution, that preety much ran the Black princess out of the Kingdom!

    We should expect nothing less here of this man!

    Is he a racist?

    Well, most white people, like he, functions under the system of racism /white supremacy equation of white power-/non-white powerlessness!

    And in the Kingdom, were it not for that power equation, the white collective as a group, would have been extinct a long time ago, with all of the supposed "browning", taking place over there!

    This governor, even though he may have empathetic traits, cannot become a "John Brown"!

    He would be tarred and feathered, degraded or even beheaded and killed, BY HIS OWN, for such an insubordination!

    This, my people, is what we must understand, when dealing with the Kingdom and it's local representative!
  • We need to march (08/09/2020, 10:41) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    The UK and all those who took part now acting like they are with out sin. Slavery was the worst thing that has ever happened on this earth and BLACKS suffered the most. After slavery this country was said to be only for the birds but we built it to what it is today not the UK. Today they are telling us how to live all while trying to have us forget slavery, the Jews are not being ask to for get their history but we are. Until black people understand that we are one people we will never take our rightful place on this earth. The Governor started it so lets have the conversation about how our people was treated by the UK and others so that the future generation will not suffer the same plight mentally. How can we expect the slave owner to want what is best for us. HOW. The UK was built on the backs of slaves that is their history that they want us to forget. Lets come together black people and change the world.
    • Pine sol reminder (09/09/2020, 18:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Did you march for the rights of a child who was made to guzzle pine sol? That was inhumane treatment similar to slave abuse? Be fair you derelict minded twisted jerkoffs
  • ----------------------- (08/09/2020, 10:49) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    let me see who is the first to speak out against this racist hateful statement from the man you all call a governor
  • Just Me (08/09/2020, 10:59) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Before you all leave the past alone and look to the future by being better stewards of what you have today, you there worrying about reparations. What good would reparations be if all you do is squander resources and waste time on petty arguments, creating division among the people and not laying any solid foundation for the future generations? Deal with that. Bring on the criticisms and the name-calling. But face reality and take your head out of the fantasy world, talking about reparations. The Governor is being honest. A least give him credit for that.
  • Norris Turnbull (08/09/2020, 10:59) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    Every single elected member of the HOA need to stand up, voice a vociferous condemnarion of this and ask for his immediate removal
  • open wide (08/09/2020, 11:36) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply

    Shame on the bvi people if they allows a ra****t in government house to get away with such a statement he is no different to trump

  • Xxx (08/09/2020, 11:41) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not a man marching to get him out of office
  • read the article (08/09/2020, 11:52) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    all he declared was the UKs position on reperations, didnt offer his own opinion at all. what do you want him to say? leave the man alone
    • @bread the article (08/09/2020, 12:57) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
      Stop trying to cover up racism and hate speech GUS MUST GO AND GO FAST
  • Mr. Jeffries (08/09/2020, 12:26) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply

    we now understand clearly why we're forced to have a white UK representative here in our midst - a continuation of what Bob Marley referred to as mental slavery. If we must have such representation we would gladly accept someone that looks like us.....
    We MUST rise up and engage in daily demonstrations as was done in 1949 and send racists packing.

  • zoe (08/09/2020, 13:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Race matters
  • fromafar (08/09/2020, 14:13) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    some of you all comments are off the wall, if you don't have genuine interest in these islands hold your comment, stating your own comment for your own personal interest is unwarranted . The destiny of these islands should be a decision for the nationals of that country, so let us decide and we will very very soon.
  • @entitlement (08/09/2020, 14:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Many are call few is does that will fall for few to cross
  • Brother Bob (08/09/2020, 15:23) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    We must honor the legacy of our ancestors by defeating institutional racism.
  • UNFAZED (08/09/2020, 15:29) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    The Anniversary of Irma just passed and yet the masses, sadly remain clueless and forgetful. This governor is not a racist; he is a realist. He was there in our time of need as was the U.K. and when you all are good and ready you beg for more help without batting an eye and without consideration that words hurt sometimes more than sticks and stones across the bones. So what if he says that the slave masters names should remain on the landmarks? He is correct. By removing them does not erase history nor does it make the generations to come any the wiser by ridding them of the knowledge and historical context that they should rightly bestow. But you would not understand that because as parents of the youth of today, all most of you know is how to follow the beat of the song "follow the leader , leader in soca rhythms'. But who is your leader? Do you look within and ask what exactly am I agreeing to on these blogs? Before you attack the governor, ask yourselves this? Do you like yourselves? Do you love your sisters and brothers from here? From across the Caribbean? Are you as an expatriate feeling excluded? Are you as a local feeling like you are enslaved by your current Government for being on curfew? Are you confused? Stop the nonsense!! Stop the hate and rhetoric. Follow the rules. Know your history and learn from it. Do not repeat it but do not think about erasing it cause then you will surely repeat it. Evidence of the ignorance is blatant here.
    • Norris Turnbull (08/09/2020, 17:41) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      • Ummm (09/09/2020, 16:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        No I think that one was on point, maybe you need to think about what was just outlined and see the point for what it is.
  • Ghut Man (08/09/2020, 15:39) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The governor does not care not even an apology for his racist and incentive words
  • Racist bigot gus (08/09/2020, 16:21) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply

    G** and mi** continue to be on our necks.

    Racist bigots.

    Get them gone!!!

    Disgusting people.



  • Lady (08/09/2020, 16:21) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    I am not offended by anything he said. You see his skin tone? Did you all expect anything better?
    • @ Lady (08/09/2020, 17:37) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      so because he is white he should just say racist things> Someone much speak out
  • Bigot (08/09/2020, 17:18) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
  • resident (08/09/2020, 17:40) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    I hope the Government of the Day and the House of Assembly are wring the FCO and the Minister for Overseas Territory on the Governor for such hateful and white privilege statements It is just dam wrong and a trump moment
  • Slave (08/09/2020, 17:48) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Leave the Governor alone he did not cause what happen to the slave trade and slavery we have been emanciapted from 1834 but some of us still carry the chains which makes ir difficult to release so we are bog down with some stupid mental slavery which have us in what we are Go read and understand the history of the british Virgin Islands before yo talk talk talk What we need to do is to look for JESUS because no matter how much we fusaboyt slavery Africa is still here and is not going no where until JESUS makes his appearaance Yhe Governor cannot change the laws of England so we have to live with it other countries has the same issues . Claude skelton go and read tour history
  • legal (08/09/2020, 18:52) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    We have to find a legal way to get this governor out of our country.
  • Trump (08/09/2020, 19:00) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply

    Gus is our Trump. What did you expect???

    Except he’s a civil servant who thinks he’s our imperial master.

    Premier please get this disgraceful bi*** governor out. Bring back a black Frank Savage please, a true diplomat and gentleman who actually cared about us. Not this phoney fake undiplomatic politician dressed up in civil servant clothing!

    Why you think he got NO honor after Irma?? UK know exactly how incompetent he is too...

    Please Premier remove this ra***t incompetent governor.

  • Political Observer (PO) (08/09/2020, 20:08) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The toxic utterance oozing out of the Governor’s trap is regrettable but it should not be a surprise, for represents the position of the UK. Let’s not forget that the Governor is the local representative of the crown and an integral member of the team. The UK appointed governor does not come to the BVI to represent firstly the interest of the BVI residents. He/she is the eyes and ears of the UK on the ground; he is their man in Havana. Was the Governor projecting or stating the position of the UK? In any event, he spilled the beans. The Genie is out of the bottle. The Governor needs to apologize to the BVI people(though apologies are excuses that people uses when they go off the rail). The FCO needs to relieve the governor of his duties for cause, for he has lost the confidence of the people.

  • Redder (08/09/2020, 21:39) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    White Supremacy right in front all of us. This is the greatest problem we have as African people. Racism
  • vex (08/09/2020, 21:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    The sad thing is this governor will get away with his r***t sick statement you watch

  • Yes (09/09/2020, 04:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Our ancestors deserve more respect .as well as there off springs people of the bvi and the entire Caribbean island man for it like them so destroy there home land and having them force out there land there to ancestor figth for ..colonialism must be irradiated entirely
  • De people (09/09/2020, 04:59) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Calling for gus head
  • @entitlement (09/09/2020, 07:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am presuming that you are of the black race. YOU ARE AN IDIOT!! TIME WILL TELL. Honesty is not your entitlement.
    • Entitlement (09/09/2020, 08:22) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      People may dislike the comment and tell me I'm an idiot but tell me which part of what I said was incorrect? I may be an idiot but if you cannot address the points I make what is the point in you commenting? People do not like their world view being questioned especially when there are valid questions to be asked but instead of responding to the points, they just attack the messenger.
  • @ entitlement (09/09/2020, 07:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Time is longer than twine.
  • Racial divide (09/09/2020, 08:49) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    It so sad to read some these comments. :( There is a lot of hate on this little island!

    The racial divide is only going to get worst.
  • Trump (09/09/2020, 13:55) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    In 2020 a white man can still say things like this smh
  • Gussy (09/09/2020, 16:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Answer me this one question? Who called for names of places to be renamed?
  • Sad To Say (09/09/2020, 18:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some of you were just waiting for the opportune time to show your racist side. I wish you all luck with the challenges to come. Your experiences have taught you nothing I see, except how to be more hateful and bitter. God bless you all, poor souls.
  • egg face (09/09/2020, 18:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    it you all expect any thing different for the slave master then you all have something else coming
  • ann (10/09/2020, 06:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh how I love the name Jesus
  • Dulce (10/09/2020, 13:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Change what is within your power to change.
    Drakes Highway to honor its engineer,a local.
    Your names and that of your children.

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