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USVI marina kicks out crew & vessel carrying Confederate Flag

Three Caucasian men aboard a vessel displaying the Confederate flag at Brewers Bay on Sunday, June 11, 2017 have caused an uproar in the US Virgin Islands. Photo: VIC

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- Yacht Haven Grande on Wednesday, June 14, 14, 2017 issued a statement regarding the incident that occurred at Brewers Bay, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI) on Sunday, June 11, 2017 where a vessel with three Caucasian men was seen prominently displaying a Confederate flag, swiftly igniting the ire of the USVI community, including Acting Governor Osbert E. Potter.

The men, according to Yacht Haven, were guests of its marina, with the company being made aware of the Sunday incident on Monday. “Yacht Haven Grande were made aware of the inappropriate actions/behaviour of some marina guests, Monday afternoon the 12th of June, 2017. YHG took the immediate decision to remove the offending crew and vessel from the marina, as such the vessel departed YHG that same evening,” reads the statement.

It adds, “As a multi‐cultural, international company, IGY Marinas, and therefore YHG, take this form of inappropriate behavior very seriously. We, as part of the St Thomas community, feel this was the correct and appropriate action.”

Mr Potter on Tuesday, 13, 2017 moved to denounce the occurrence, which took place during the “What’s Going on St Thomas” event which was a fundraiser for My Brother’s Workshop, according to Mr Potter’s office.

The attendees at the event were enraged and expressed concerns and offense towards the flying of the Confederate flag in the territory, according to Mr Potter, who is currently serving as governor while Governor Kenneth E. Mapp is away.

Confederate flag ‘not welcomed’ in USVI

“The Confederate flag is not welcomed, not accepted, nor tolerated in the Virgin Islands under any circumstances,” Mr Potter said. “The Confederate flag represents divisiveness, bigotry, slavery, and oppression. This is totally out of line with what we as Virgin Islands residents embrace, which is unity and acceptance of all people, regardless of race, color, religion or creed. The flying of the flag is totally offensive to Virgin Islanders, and I will not tolerate this blatant display of hatred to our people.”

Mr Potter ordered the perpetrators of what he referred to as an offense, to cease and desist immediately. He stated that the flying of the Confederate flag is not welcomed neither on the waters nor on land in the USVI.

The Sunday incident received immediate and united backlash from Virgin Islanders, with multiple people capturing the unusual sight and sharing it on social media. The image was shared on The Consortium’s Facebook platform as well, with residents calling for the publication to dig further into the matter.

In 1860-61, eleven southern states seceded from the United States to protect the institution of slavery, forming the Confederate States of America and precipitating the Civil War. During the war, the Confederacy and its military forces used a variety of flags, but the flag that became most associated with the Confederacy was the so-called “battle flag.”

Organisations such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans adopted the flag as a symbol of Southern heritage but the flag also served as a potent symbol of slavery and white supremacy, which has caused it to be very popular among white supremacists in the 20th and 21st centuries. This popularity extends to white supremacists beyond the borders of the United States.

Today, the use of the Confederate flag is often controversial. While a number of non-extremists still use the flag as a symbol of Southern heritage or pride, there is growing recognition, especially outside the South, that the symbol is offensive to many Americans.

36 Responses to “USVI marina kicks out crew & vessel carrying Confederate Flag”

  • kkk (14/06/2017, 19:25) Like (21) Dislike (42) Reply
    Well i am sure they are welcome in tortola
    • (284) (14/06/2017, 22:50) Like (19) Dislike (6) Reply
      U stupid or Wah?
    • B Real (15/06/2017, 08:23) Like (14) Dislike (13) Reply
    • Yep (15/06/2017, 13:29) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      There's a blue Dodge Ram here in the BVI driving around with one engraved on that person back windshield. i'm i one of tHe few who saw it or its ok to display it in the BVI
      • Not ok!! (16/06/2017, 16:14) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        We have to be more vigilant and speak out about these things. It definitely is not accepted!!!
  • Black Gold (14/06/2017, 19:44) Like (43) Dislike (9) Reply
    We downplay and make all sorts of silly comments about Alred Frett contributions (articles) toward our awakening and enlightenment because we soo want to believe that we have arrived beyond the mindset of white supremacy; but for those who are paying attention to world events, can discern their reoccurring agenda. Let us continue to forget and ignore the worst holocust in human history perpetrated on our ancestors and experience how it can return. Just remember one thing- everything we have today, we fought for; nothing, nada, was voluntarily handed-over or given to us freely. This Message is only transmitted to those who can discern. Know Thyself.
    • SB (15/06/2017, 08:28) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
      Blessings my brother or sister! May the Father continue to bless your mind and spirit to not be CONNED by oppressors who simply adapted and changed their tactics.

      May you teach your kids the power of MELANIN Blacker the berry more POWERFUL THE JUICE.

      In the name of the MOST HIGH be blessed. I will surely like to meet you.
  • Well (14/06/2017, 19:48) Like (26) Dislike (6) Reply
    Let's hope the don't come over here with that BS
    • @Well (14/06/2017, 20:06) Like (27) Dislike (10) Reply
      They already here; why you think our people are slowly being covertly exiled from the marine and charter yacht industries. Stop oversleeping and pay attention.
  • rock city (14/06/2017, 22:49) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    I condemn this racism unreservedly.
  • To me (14/06/2017, 22:57) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    The forces of hate must be countered, or we will all live in fear.
  • Liat 521 (14/06/2017, 23:08) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    This incident with this flag thing is just horrifying, and I wish we as Americans and a world can all get along
  • Political Observer (PO) (14/06/2017, 23:28) Like (22) Dislike (3) Reply
    These Yahoos and slime balls needs crawl under rock from under which they came. This racist behaviour has no place either in the VI or the USVI. This is a Virgin Islands problem. Governments on both sides must make it unbundantly clear that the racist and discriminatory attitude and behavior is unwelcomed in the Virgin Islands. The USVI government has done so; what say you VI government. This happens when we let our guards down. Visitors are welcomed but they must leave their nasty racist behaviour at home. Hopefully, the three slime bags are back home. The marina should not have to be prodded to disinvite the racist pigs; they should done it on its own. If the acting Governor Osbert Potter did not express his displeasure would the marina have pretended there was no problem? Is there a bigger problem here? Birds of a feather flock together. Virgin Islanders must stay on watch and on guard. Pet snakes at some point try to squeeze their owners to death, do they not?
  • Really (15/06/2017, 06:55) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    it is right here hidden racism better believe it.
  • Well (15/06/2017, 07:35) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    @Well...They may be here but I can bet you they not up and down advertising their racism flying confederate flags and come to think of it most of those caucasians in the marine sector are from south africa if you didn't know. Most locals are being exiled from the industry not because they are being pushed out but locals are even more scared now of the water than before, trust me. Plus it's cheaper to live on a boat than in your big house on the hill. With those price tag on land alone they can buy several boats to go anywhere in the world they want. Think about that
  • look around (15/06/2017, 08:36) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    There is a truck belonging to a Caucasian man right here in Tortola with that same flag emblazoned huge on the rear window!
    • Well (15/06/2017, 10:15) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      Take a photo and publish. Seeing is believing but I do believe you.
    • @ look around (15/06/2017, 11:43) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes and traffic still lic it shame on us
    • Kingfish (15/06/2017, 13:57) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      You need to help that driver find an auto glass shop, where they can install a new rear window { the old one will be shattered } and vacuum up the broken glass from inside the truck} sometime people do need a little help, if you know what I mean.
    • Duck1951 (16/06/2017, 19:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      At least you know where that individual is coming from .
  • Exposed and Remove (15/06/2017, 09:31) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wow! I had a dream last night of two big burly white men intimidating a black local in a public place, I held him and told him not to move, you are outnumbered. Meanwhile, I was praying. I awoke and felt led to bind the spirit of racism that has reached our shores. Its here and those of us who have an ear to hear, hear me now and pray and bind that thing and command it to leave our territory in Jesus' Name.
  • judge (15/06/2017, 11:24) Like (2) Dislike (14) Reply
    I think that's an overreaction on their part. What if they were driving a car and had a confederate tassel or bumper sticker. They have no power here so them being proud confederates isn't an issue here
    • @judge (15/06/2017, 13:09) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
      The problem is what the flag represents. Why should we allow this symbol of hate in our territory. Traffic should not have registered that truck with the flag. Then again it could have been done after registration. I dont know the ethnicity of the truck owner however, why would you want to drive around with this symbol on your truck in the BVI knowing what the flag represents. Someone told me about this truck but I have not seen it. Anytime I see it I will take a picture and post it.
      • judge (15/06/2017, 18:26) Like (2) Dislike (11) Reply
        Why would someone have a rainbow flag or a I Love Jesus sticker or flag? They are promoting their beliefs which is protected by the Bill or Rights. We don't have to agree or disagree with their stance but they have a legal right to own it. They broke no laws.

        So let's not react to the little insignificant things and be quiet as the dead on the real issues. The things that affect us are what we should be concerned about and not someone's beliefs. They came to the VI which is full of black people and they will spend $$ here and it will benefit us so that is showing support of us. Let them wave their flag, speak in their accent, worship their god etc
        • @judge (15/06/2017, 20:50) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
          How dare you! We realized that you must be apart of the Scottish Mosanic Fraternity and a very conditioned house lord, but some of us know our story and will not give this type of delliberate condescending behaviors a pass. We have turned our cheeks so often that they now have calluses. If we start giving them a inch because we value ourselves so cheap for their crumbs, they surely will feel that they can also take a yard. We say no more of this disrespectful attitudes in our predominantly black societies. And that includes you too judge. We will bind you in the name of our Notthingham Spiritual Warriors.
        • Scary Mary (16/06/2017, 10:05) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
          "The little things"? Really???

          So if someone decides to run around in a white robe with a pointy white hood while waving their confederate flag with their right hand and giving the Nazi salute with their left, that's OK because they are just promoting their beliefs?

          Naw buddy, you are dead wrong. It is NOT OK and they do not have any legal or civil rights here. Get rid of them!
  • seeing (15/06/2017, 13:02) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Open your eyes. There is a blue truck that can be seen on Tortola roads with a confederate flag prominently displayed in the rear window of the cab. I have seen it a few times but has never have the opportunity to give that driver a piece of my mind.
  • SB (15/06/2017, 15:02) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yatch Haven told them they had to LITERALLY leave at that moment. Not in the morning and not later that afternoon. AS IN THEY HAD INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE THAT OCCUPANTS OF THAT VESSEL WOULD HAVE BEEN ZIPPED UP AND BODY BAGGED BY THE GHETTOS & HOUSING CREW BY THAT MORNING HA!

    DON'T KNOW BOUT THE SHUCKING ANF JIVING on Tola, besides St. John that is just lost right now we ERADICATE RACISM WITH BRUTE FORCE on St.Thomas & St.Croix.

    SHOOOOOT we still play "KILL THE RABBIT" by Jamband.
  • objective (15/06/2017, 15:04) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    To be fair not just because they flew the flag makes them racists, younger generations do things they see people they look up to do with out fully understanding the symbolism behind it. However must say I proud of the U.S.V.I for taking a zero Tolerance stance against what is to some a symbol of hatred. U.S. Virgin Islanders have always been some stand up people, wish we over here were the same.
  • flagit (15/06/2017, 16:25) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    well then the USVI should ban the current US flag, seeing the USVI isn't American anyway. They don't even
    understand the US constitution, they think that refers to constipation which is what they are.
    • Flag You (15/06/2017, 18:12) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Hmm TROLL go back under your bridge. Those young white BOYS were drunk and it is alleged they are the same clowns that were fighting on Magens Bay later that same day in a video posted on facebook. They appeared to be useless troublemakers who by flying that flag on John Brewers Beach was asking to be neutralized by the equally militant ghetto youths. They carried their ruckus behavior to YHG where their boat was moored. Even decent white folk complained so that should tell you. They were out of control.

      The local press in the town where they live should be given both videos and pictures of their stellar citizens' conduct in the USVI. That 100 proof cruzan has a way of bringing out the real you, doesn't it?
      • SB (16/06/2017, 13:19) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      • Awake (16/06/2017, 13:38) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        Not an excuse!! Do they sell those flags in the USVI or the VI? If not, then they must have brought it with them! If they are sold there, then the USVI and the VI have a serious problem that they have managed to keep hidden and under the radar, which is...they are a little TOO MULTICULTURAL than we would like them to be!!! Which would give them the right to display that divisive flag!

        The truth of the matter is Liquor causes someone to do what was already in their heart to do, it just magnifies it to the point of excess, if it doesn't render you unconscious first! It's time we STOP blaming LIQUOR for the RACIST, BIAS, BIGOTRY that has invaded our societies for centuries!!!
  • Awake (16/06/2017, 13:29) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    We are conditioned to REACT SWIFTLY ONLY when we visualize SYMBOLS representing BIGOTRY and HATE, yet remain BLINDED when we visualize ACTIONS around us that represent the exact same form of BIGOTRY and HATE! WAKE UP and OBSERVE CLOSELY! It's subtle...and it's already here!
  • CJ (20/06/2017, 20:21) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yep! I agree there's racism in the BVI but hidden carefully - I was disrespected by a South African couple who owns a marine business in Nanny Cay. I was told to "shut up MONKEY" because i spoke up for my rights and asked the lady not to block my driveway and I was disrespected in front of my son.
    Sicken to the core and of course when I went to Nanny Cay to forewarn others of their racism and the incident I was told not so and so they are so nice blabber..... of course, no one took me seriously and dismissed the incident ....smh

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