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Uproar in USVI as Caucasian lawyer calls BLM a terrorist group

- Mark A. Kragel no longer employed @ WAPA after senators call for his axing
Mark A. Kragel, who worked at the US Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) for a decade as its deputy legal counsel, is no longer employed at the authority, WAPA Communications Director Jean Greaux has confirmed to the Consortium. Photo: Facebook
Comments Mr Mark A. Kragel, who is white, made last week ignited a firestorm online. He had called the Black Lives Matter movement a 'domestic terrorist organisation,' and went on to use an expletive against BLM. Photo: Facebook
Comments Mr Mark A. Kragel, who is white, made last week ignited a firestorm online. He had called the Black Lives Matter movement a 'domestic terrorist organisation,' and went on to use an expletive against BLM. Photo: Facebook
Protesters on St Croix call for the immediate termination of Mark A. Kragel. Photo: VI Consortium
Protesters on St Croix call for the immediate termination of Mark A. Kragel. Photo: VI Consortium
VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- Mark A. Kragel, who worked at the US Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) for a decade as its deputy legal counsel, is no longer employed at the authority, WAPA Communications Director Jean Greaux has confirmed to the Consortium.

In a brief statement to the publication, WAPA said, "Mark Kragel is no longer with the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority." 

Comments Mr Kragel, who is white, made last week ignited a firestorm online. He had called the Black Lives Matter movement a "domestic terrorist organisation," and went on to use an expletive against BLM.

"Absolutely. Spoiled mentality of fools have zero idea of what it takes to be an officer. 99% don't have the guts to even think of taking the risk that the men and women in blue do everyday. BLM is a domestic terrorist organization. F*ck BLM," Mr Kragel posted. The comment was deleted, but not before screenshots were taken and shared widely online, especially on Facebook.

Calls for Kragel's head

The pushback, first started by a grassroots movement that included random USVI residents who took issue with the post, grew swiftly until it reached the top of government. On Monday, June 22, 2020, Governor Albert A. Bryan Jr told the Consortium that he had spoken to WAPA officials to share his disdain. He said Kragel "has to go."

Delegate to Congress Stacey E. Plaskett followed with strong comments of her own: "The Deputy Legal Counsel of WAPA needs to be fired. Period," Ms Plaskett wrote on her Facebook page. 

"He does not represent our government, our community, the Virgin Islands. His vitriol cannot be in anyway tolerated particularly when it is done during work hours. This is a place of love and respect."

She added, "And if he sues, when have we been afraid of a fight?"

A petition to remove Mr Kragel from the authority has garnered over 3,100 signatures.

Senators pile on the pressure

Senators piled on as well: Kragel’s employment with WAPA must be terminated immediately,” said Senator Donna A. Frett- Gregory. "We absolutely cannot allow someone with racist views to continue to hold a position of this much influence and power in our community."

Senator Jenelle K. Sarauw said, “This is not the time for patience but for action against racism. The slavery question may have been settled, but the impact is not. We struggle with the effect of colonialism in our government, politics, education, and society. It affects our economics."

Senator Allison L. DeGazon said, "As an Afro-Caribbean woman myself, I was appalled to read such distasteful and offensive commentary from the Deputy General Counsel of our locally owned Water and Power Authority. I believe the persons working for such institution should reflect the values and best interests of the community it serves, in this case, the people of the Virgin Islands."

Senator Athneil Thomas said he was outraged with Kragel’s “insensitivity and disrespect."

“For this individual in his statement to liken the BLM movement to a ‘terrorist organization’ is a clear indication that his despicable spirit supports the unnecessary killing of black individuals,” Mr Thomas said. 

“The US Virgin Islands, with a majority population of black people, welcomes people from all places and all races to live within our community whom we accept and treat like family,” he added.

26 Responses to “Uproar in USVI as Caucasian lawyer calls BLM a terrorist group ”

  • wake up (24/06/2020, 15:24) Like (25) Dislike (17) Reply
    Black lives matter is a terrorist organization. People are supporting what they don’t understand and what they are funding aren’t for the black people. Support the slogan not the organization don’t mix it up
    • John (24/06/2020, 16:48) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
      I get your point BLM was hijacked from its inception (by non black people I may add) but that doesn't seem to be the point he wished to articulate. He was more interested in sympathizing with the corrupt cops that continue to abuse their power and murder unarmed civilians. He is just doing what whit people do deflect, ignore, and use redhearrings to direct to conversation away from its relevant points.

      I find it interesting that the KKK has never been classified as a terrorist organization despite the fact that they have do nothing but terrorize and kill people for decades. but BLM hasn't done 1/10 of the things that the kkk has done but suddenly its label a terrorist group.
  • Realist (24/06/2020, 15:45) Like (17) Dislike (6) Reply
    If he was black and in the same position as a lawyer for wapa would the out cry been different ?
    • FEO GOMEZ (26/06/2020, 08:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      As long as he was talking bout "CRAKAS" then cool.
    • Bandit (26/06/2020, 10:45) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      yes , why not there are alot of blacks who have undermined black equality and progress.
  • rock city (24/06/2020, 16:05) Like (9) Dislike (18) Reply
    now this is something to protest about not the bull crap about a carton in the BVI
  • Fountain Valley (24/06/2020, 16:28) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Yes my people get rid of that disease rigth away fast ....remember that fountain valley movement...it was because the same oppressed vibes ...time change dont let it pass u by ..rise to the occasion...
    • Except (24/06/2020, 17:11) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
      .. he's the one being oppressed by the majority for his views. Funny how blind some people can be. I guess hatred of someone's skin colour does that!
      • Wow (24/06/2020, 22:49) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
        "Funny how blind some people can be. I guess hatred of someone's skin colour does that!"

        The Irony of that comment.
  • jam band (24/06/2020, 16:30) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    Kill de rabbits....
  • The TRUTH (24/06/2020, 21:00) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    There are like minded individuals residing right here in the BVI. Don't sleep.
  • Truth (25/06/2020, 04:17) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    White people with that evil ideology from 400 years ago ..trust me time go bring ur demise ....dreadful...this brewing for to long .....with u all ignorance...it ur dirt of ur sinful forefather on u all backs .....generations curst...it only justice the black want that go bring forth the peace u and I need........other than dat..f...peace ....JUSTICE..WE GO HAVE
  • Hmmmm (25/06/2020, 06:18) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    What happen to the one who disrespect the minister ? And have the employees in jail ! How that gone so soft ? See these are the things that happen in the bvi and because we so easily buyout from the start they got us in their pockets and now could say and do as they please
  • wellness (25/06/2020, 08:03) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    WE HAVE ALOT LIKE HIM IN THE BVI .
  • Bruno (25/06/2020, 14:41) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    Crazy times. Whatever you say about anything "black", if is deemed by them as negative and if you are white, you will by default be called racist.
    Cancel culture, Orwellian times.
    • @bruno (25/06/2020, 15:36) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Let's not pretend the system of racism and so called white supremacy has not existed, or does not exist. We all know that such pretense would be a denial of history and a sounding call for the maintenance of these systems. You are within your rights to be in denial and continue racist practices, but be bold enough to say that's who you are and what you stand for. The fact is that people of European descent are programmed to feel superior to anyone that doesn't look like them. It is up them, the Europeans/Caucasians, to address this programming within themselves and break the cycles of so called supremacy. It's time to start viewing Humans as just that...humans. Not colors or ethnicities or regions.
      • Bruno (26/06/2020, 02:24) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
        @Bruno , you, unfortunately just made my point with your comment.
        One positive thing you said though.."It's time to start viewing humans as just that.. humans. Not colors or ethnicities or regions" Agree with you on that 100%!
        Black Lives Matter, Latinos Lives Matter, "Island Ppl" Lives Matter, Filipino Lives Matter..etc..ALL LIVES MATTER
        Peace!
        • jude (30/06/2020, 14:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          No one is saying all lives don’t matter. Black Lives Matter is all about FOCUS, not exclusion. Black lives are being emphasized (focused on) because of the history of systematic racism that has existed for over 400 years and the way blacks are being murdered by police for little or no reason (in comparison to whites). Can you honestly say it’s the same for whites? White People need to know that Black Lives Matter because you seem to feel that only yours do. If white people truly believed all lives matter and acted as such, there would be no need for a Black Lives Matter movement today. Whether consciously or unconsciously, many white people (it’s never all) get offended or angry by blacks trying to focus on themselves, make things better for themselves by attempting to get white people to acknowledge the injustices towards Black people that are in place and have been in place for centuries. Injustices they created, purposefully designed. No one ever said other lives don’t matter, but that’s your way of dismissing and trying to discredit a much needed movement. Also you’re mixing race with ethnicity and nationality. Latinos or Hispanics, for example, is not a race, you can find different races within these groups. And yes their lives matter, too.
    • Bandit (26/06/2020, 10:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      blacks have been killed simply for what they have deemed to looked at whites the wrong way. So whats your point.
  • Big Slick Willie (25/06/2020, 16:14) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dude is painfully ignorant. BLM is fine. It's thieves and looters Antifa that's the domestic terrorists. And most are young white kids hiding behind masks and cowards having power in numbers.
  • @wizards/guess (25/06/2020, 17:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    U house slave  ...this ain't got sh** to do with the dead this us mf ...$&*# ..u and ur slave master.....to freedom be glory .....bless the dead.

  • guy hill (26/06/2020, 03:41) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is nothing supreme about white Supremacy, not one thing.
  • Rubber Duck (26/06/2020, 15:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He is a tattooed ignoramus. Good riddance. Fortunately he is not typical, out of a white population of 300 million , the KKK has less than 5000 members. All stupid ignoramus’.


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