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‘We don’t want racism here’- Premier Fahie

- said Territory will fight for equality in Constitutional Review
Premier and Minister of Finance Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said he hopes persons never display racist tendencies in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
Protests against racial injustice in the United States have been rampant. Photo: Internet Source
Protests against racial injustice in the United States have been rampant. Photo: Internet Source
Governor of the Virgin Islands, Mr Augustus J. U. Jaspert. Premier of the Virgin Islands, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said the time has come for the United Kingdom to consider appointing Governors from the Overseas Territories. Photo: VINO/File
Governor of the Virgin Islands, Mr Augustus J. U. Jaspert. Premier of the Virgin Islands, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said the time has come for the United Kingdom to consider appointing Governors from the Overseas Territories. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As the world shifts its focus from COVID-19 to racial injustice, particularly towards people of colour, Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has said he never wishes to see the Virgin Islands become a place where public demonstrations have to take place because of racial inequality.

Calling on persons in the Virgin Islands who may have racial tendencies to immediately start working on themselves to ensure that mindset changes, Premier Fahie said the issue of equality must be a key component in crafting a reformed constitution for the Territory.

Do not get involved in racism- Premier

“I would hope that everyone who lives here- that is alleged to be along that way [racist]- would dismiss that. I don’t want to see the BVI become like what I am seeing in America and in other areas of the world, marching because of racism.

“I would say to everyone to not to get involved in it [racism] because I don’t look at anyone in terms of a race. I look in terms of everyone being human being, what comes from your heart.”

Premier Fahie was at the time responding to the question whether he feels racism exists in the VI while a guest on “The Big Story” aired on JTV last Friday evening, June 5, 2020.

Equality

Referencing what is currently taking place in the USA where it is said everyone is equal, Premier Fahie said the USA’s system lacks equality, something that his government would want to see addressed when it moves to constitutional reform.

“When we look at America they say that everyone is equal but they did not make sure that there is equality within the equal and there is a difference.

“We want to show the whole world, not only financial services, not only in new industries in marines and other areas like tourism and other new areas that we will have, that we are someone to emulate we also want to show it in terms of relationships, in terms of respect for each other and we have to make sure that we do that in a mature way.”

Think beyond political party

Premier Fahie said that on the road to ensuring there is equality alongside being equal, the Territory would need to look beyond political parties and focus on the purpose.

“That Constitutional Review that we are coming up with, we have to be able to sit with the UK and say we respect you, we thank you, we are in this together but we are also maturing and there are some areas that the people want and the people have to push this Constitutional Review to make sure we stamp out racism, that we stamp out dictatorship.

Premier Fahie also emphasised that equality must be for everyone including the Governor.

Noting that he strongly believes there needs to be a Ministers’ and public service code, Premier Fahie said: “I firmly believe that in this 21st century there needs to be a governor’s code because you cannot have an entity operating without some consequences for actions. That is not democracy in the 21st century.”

Governors should come from OTs

This he said is not the Territory of the VI taking a stance against the UK but rather the VI looking at things in a mature manner, “And that is not being disrespectful.”

Premier Fahie also noted that the time has come for the UK to allow persons from the Overseas Territories to be governors, “And choose about two or three or five persons from the OT’s and put them in the UK and train them how to become governors and let them become governors in different OT’s but not the one they are from."

102 Responses to “‘We don’t want racism here’- Premier Fahie”

  • Laffable (08/06/2020, 11:44) Like (162) Dislike (14) Reply
    This is one of the most discriminative places on planet earth. Blacks against blacks, locals against locals, from here against not from here, go back down the island this and that, and on and on. Hate does exist in your country sir. The only thing that drives hate is love.no one is better than the other. the same 6 feet entitle to all
    • Really (08/06/2020, 12:05) Like (19) Dislike (65) Reply
      I have lived in the BVI for almost 30 years. Having recently moved to the USA, I am flabergasted how anyone could call the BVI "one the most discriminative places". Yes there is some prejudice especially towards the "not born here" but nothing like the full on hatred that seems to emit from an ultra conservative populace outside of major cities in the USA, towards anyone who does not fit the description of the Aryan race... and I am a white guy.... I agree that the internet has made comments placed much more direct and hateful but most in the BVI are pretty good in their hearts. I do not believe that a racism in the BVI is systematic. As an outsider landing in the BVI all those years ago I do believe it was harder for me -an outsider- to settle and be fully accepted but that is a two way street. just my 2 cent..
    • Truth (08/06/2020, 12:19) Like (30) Dislike (7) Reply
      Bvi and USVI people don’t like other Caribbean island people
    • Hildeen (08/06/2020, 12:27) Like (32) Dislike (6) Reply
      It's a pity you only know one side. You don't know the hell locals experience in the financial services industry at the hands of other races.
      • @Hildeen (08/06/2020, 15:05) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
        If you don't speak up about it and against it then we who not in financial services wouldn't know. Talk de things them and expose it, then we could stand with you. Keep it to yourself, then you grieve by yourself
    • Shut (08/06/2020, 12:32) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
      I bet you Issa island people
    • Rocket Science (08/06/2020, 12:45) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
      Well LEAVE!
      • Hmmm (08/06/2020, 15:10) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
        I've been gone. The same house I rented for so many years, your local land lord who up to now cant give me back my deposit still can't get her house rented. No damage, left it cleaner than I got it. Since you a local then go and rent her place. Youyall aint see nothing yet for the kind of misery people go through at the hands of the hateful people. It have a few decent and genuine persons who I have made lasted friendships with. To say go back home is all the power youall fingers have to blog.
        • @ hmmm (08/06/2020, 20:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          file a court case
        • @ hmmm (08/06/2020, 20:47) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
          u dont need a lawyer, go to magistrate's court and fill out the forms.
          • @hmmm (09/06/2020, 09:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
            I don't remove myself. She will answer to the higher judge. Maybe one day she might feel obligated to send me my $3,200.00 deposit. Hope it bring her happiness.

            The people make the place. Not looking favors or to undermine nobody, but simple fairness and kindness to each other, no matter where our birth cerfiticate or passport come from, we going answr to the won God. Humble we self.
    • Racism (08/06/2020, 13:01) Like (35) Dislike (6) Reply
      You forgot whites against blacks especially in the hospitality industry (hotels). Too many work permits are being granted to whites non nationals. The whites bringing other whites to take up jobs that should rightfully go to locals as well. We busy criticizing the other Caribbean people when it the whites you need to be careful with.
      • look here (08/06/2020, 15:33) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
        Im White, and im a local, a poor one at that. I grew up in East End, Im tired of hearing this crap. You are part of the problem. Go sit down
      • don (09/06/2020, 06:03) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
        I agree with you and why the government is allowing outsiders to come to the bvi and hold the position of HR Directors?
    • tola (08/06/2020, 13:23) Like (16) Dislike (14) Reply
      I am sorry laffable ... you got it all wrong. Tell that to persons who have not travelled abroad and maybe they will believe you. I have travelled and certainly this is not the case... we have petty discrimination in every country. TORTOLA IS NO WORST THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY
      • To tola (09/06/2020, 09:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You make me laugh. I have travelled and have lived several places including BVI. Each country have it good and it bad. Too much people are desperately wicked.
      • Nope! (10/06/2020, 08:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        I have to disagree. And yessss i am well travelled. For Tortola's size and the level of discrimination, it is something to be addressed period.

        Laffable is right!



    • Well (08/06/2020, 21:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Obviously you have never lived in the US, UK, Australia and other countries.
    • Rubber Duck (09/06/2020, 05:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The problem often is that, whatever the situation in a disagreement where the sides are of different races or nationalities , if one side does not get its own way, out come the accusations of racism. There is far more of this “ false racism “ than actual racism.
    • Well Sa! (10/06/2020, 08:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I hope the premier reads your comment because I could not have said it better myself. The hate and racism (black vi vs other Caribbean nationals) here is as clear as day. I would think the headline would read """Premier finally addressing the hate VIlanders have towards others"""

      Premier you know its already here. Its been here for years and years. Address it! I fail to believe you do not know this.
  • Funny (08/06/2020, 11:58) Like (29) Dislike (4) Reply
    a view from a BVIslaner all the way back , we never had a problem with the colour of people skin until people with the same colour skin as us starting living here and now they want to call themselves BVIslanders because they used our schools system but they still have the thoughts of their parents and now they sow these seeds on racial bias in our society. Its not good and must be stopped on both sides .
  • ReX FeRal (08/06/2020, 12:02) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    Racism is here regardless of how many white friends,black friends,dominicano friends, arab friends, philippinos friends you have. A lot of foreign people bring it with them, a lot of locals have it in them. Keep on living. Be leary of those with the settler mentality.
    • @ReX FeRal (08/06/2020, 20:49) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
      what crock, prejudice is in every human's DNA. it is not taught.
  • wake up (08/06/2020, 12:12) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    The BVI is built on RACISM...how can you be so naive. BVI rivals South Africa. Anyone who dares to take a stand is crucified by the same ones that they are fighting for. We are so drunk with the wine of Mystery Babylon and her fornication. This place is an ABOMINATION. Who do you think you are fooling. Admit the truth its the only way to begin the process of positive change.
  • lol (08/06/2020, 12:18) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Well we don’t have racism but we do have BVI vs “island people “
  • Strupes (08/06/2020, 12:18) Like (1) Dislike (11) Reply
    Send them people back down the island is what u need to do
  • Hmm (08/06/2020, 12:22) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    Black people here don’t like black people from other Caribbean islands
    • Love (08/06/2020, 15:01) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      If that is so, why is it that most of the 'VI' children have at least one parent who is a non-Virgin Islander? Think about it folks, most persons who call themselves locals have roots in other Caribbean islands. In many cases, the people who discriminate against you are the offspring of an expat couple. No one wants to talk about it but the persons that often discriminate against you are your own. If you don't believe me, do your research.
    • Norris Turnbull (09/06/2020, 22:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Hmm. Thst can go both ways. Be balance and truthful for once.
  • kkk (08/06/2020, 12:23) Like (3) Dislike (22) Reply
    If you don’t want racism get rid of the governor
  • Local (08/06/2020, 12:24) Like (3) Dislike (21) Reply
    We like the whites people and they like us locals but them from down the Caribbean lawd them animals we don’t like
    • don (09/06/2020, 06:07) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      This is what you call a house slave comment, continue licking the white man boots
  • lol (08/06/2020, 12:30) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    NEWS FLASH... one of the worst places I have experienced racism.... very nasty place when it comes to that.
  • watching (08/06/2020, 12:32) Like (11) Dislike (9) Reply
    Majority of bvi landers here to do not like their Caribbean neighbors
    • @watching (08/06/2020, 15:11) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yeah, and some even bring this nasty dirty stinking behavior in the churches too. It needs to stop.
  • @ LAFFABLE (08/06/2020, 12:34) Like (2) Dislike (14) Reply
    I can smell you: another toxic white racist who has learned that we will not tolerate the likes of you here in the BVI - the qicker you clear off the better for all of us here
  • facts (08/06/2020, 12:34) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    I think racism would be more more palatable than the visceral hate that locals have for expats of all description. It is so convenient to talk about racism because it seems remote, but could we also do the Christian thing and take mess out of our own eye, before the seek to condescendingly sit in judgement of others? Us black people have lots to do among ourselves before we talk about how badly we are treated by other races.
  • swag (08/06/2020, 12:35) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    worry about opening up our BOARDERS...we would NEVER allow that type of racist killings here...and yes we dicriminate amongst ourselves...but that's not on the level as the USA...BE A LEADER
  • lol (08/06/2020, 12:35) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    Bvi is not a continent a a bit we not compare to other islands. We are the best and use continent money so if we calling y’all island people be quiet and take it
  • wake up (08/06/2020, 12:40) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    It is no secret that there IS racism in the BVI...if you have straight hair or a certain complexion, you will be subjected to hatred. So, let's not act like racism doesn't exist here.
  • Windy (08/06/2020, 12:59) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
    Racism here is minimal. Discrimination here Is rampant based on nationality.
  • Jane (08/06/2020, 13:03) Like (20) Dislike (4) Reply
    Mr Fahie, please consider changing the use of the terminology of "Belonger" and "non-belonger" this creates a mindset of entitlement and disenfranchisement respectively ("I belong, You do not"). One love to all of us blessed to call the Virgin Islands home: we may have our problems but we are a more harmonious society than many.
    • Tim (09/06/2020, 15:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Other Islands and countries use the terms, immigrant, aliens, non-residents etc. These are terns use in the places where you are from but here it is, you are critical of terms we use which seems to be even milder than yours.
      It is my opinion that if persons were treated as badly as they say it is here in the BVI, they would have left long time.
  • rodent (08/06/2020, 13:23) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Racism- No! Xenophobia- YES!!!!!
  • Dan (08/06/2020, 13:27) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Virgin Islands is full of xenophobic people.
  • blame the governor (08/06/2020, 13:32) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply

    The BVI is the most racist place the world,because racism is not only about black and white and white vs black or black vs white,but its about nationality differences and tolians calling down island man and islandman calling down tolian and on and on---
    In everything in the BVI is about somebody have to know you to pull a string for you and if somebody in government or in customs or in immigration don't know you personally,is blows on you.all that is racism in it own self.
    The Governor is a white man but trying hard to live nice with every body,but we give the white governor more pressure for nothing, because he is white.we love white people when is tourist to bring money on cruiseship.
    You know what? Blame the Governor for all the racism among black people in the BVI.

  • lord o. (08/06/2020, 13:38) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr. Premier, Sorry to say its already here...White bosses only sending home or laying off black people, they keep all the whites on the Job...Your labour department sleeping on the Job... Cause ite steering us innour faces daily...u dont have to go hunting...
  • @ LAFFABLE (08/06/2020, 13:40) Like (6) Dislike (11) Reply
    pure bull sh/t: tell the people of the territory of any incident whereby a person or persons were physically attack because of race, class or creed

    each and every person in this territory is 100% entitled to his or her free speech

    now in the united states of america some persons become victims of crime simply due to race, class or creed

    somehow in our own country some arriving by air or boat transportation have an issue when vi people express their valid opinions

    for God Sake try stop spreading your propaganda about my little virgin islands



  • Mr Gov / government (08/06/2020, 13:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    This issue have been to long on the table been ignored for to long ...just to say it's not u all choice any more the world and it prophesie is at hand deal with or get ran over ....like the great nations of the world our there the bvi is not exempt.no where there is minority black and injustice...the time has come
  • my people (08/06/2020, 13:53) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Beware of the house slave mentality..........it a big conspiracy hushdown cover up for to long ..people march for the cause peacefully it call justice
  • @Laffable (08/06/2020, 14:04) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    It can't be a racist if it a different between one same race ......and one cant be a racist against his oppressor..we all kno wat it is ..so if go play ignorance play it with u all self I am to intelligent for that shit ...
  • @Laffable (08/06/2020, 14:05) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    BLM.......simple
  • one eye rooster (08/06/2020, 14:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Monkey know what tree to climb so does those raciist inviduals read between the lines done talk.
  • @Laffable (08/06/2020, 14:13) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wat I see ...in usa ..I saw the children of the oppressors pray and beg for forgiveness from the children of the oppressed .....and u kno wat as a black man it was touching ...I my self in my heart give them that from me personally to them that got on there knees and ask ...yeah..I see great strength in my white brothers ....God is great....that rigtheous rightful march is needed in my lil BVI ....where is the governor to reach the white community and the black...u so care and sleep and wake for the work of the people..let see now .
  • so, so (08/06/2020, 14:14) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    you need to check Nanny hotel with their racism they fire a belonger because of financial situation they claimed to hire a filipino
    • ok (08/06/2020, 17:50) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ so so: that is not racism that is called poor leadership in particular our department of labor: have u ever been shopping at the market on the highway even when the operator was a minister they hire mostly filipino in favor of locals: businesses looks for cheap labor but our labor department have a serious role to play in the further development of the country however that department is a waste of time: persons here on permit doing 5 & 7 jobs: immigration just as bad; man here overstaying for years
  • priest (08/06/2020, 14:16) Like (14) Dislike (4) Reply
    Good Evening Mr. Premier racism is already and has been in the B.V.I for years now. You walk into many Government Agencies to conduct business and the fear and stress you experience before even entering the building is enough to elevate your blood pressure because you know based on the geographical location, you are in for certain treatment. You feel it at the Airport and other Ports (even when you know you are entering legally after traveling through some of the most vigorous screening there is and it didn't even make you flinch). You experience it in the Church, at Immigration and you know it is all because you are not from here. Your children (who were born here) are denied certain Educational privileges simply because their parents are from somewhere else other than the BVI. It is commonplace before receiving many services here to be asked "Where you from?" Service is rendered here according to the answer you give. Racism is echoed through the halls of the HOA with the term "that wh...te man". you here about those phl....p.nos, guya...se, In......n Island m...n, chi...se, span....h, and other names. Even the Press has been a funnel to promote racism. Some people have even given their animal preference over other people solely because they are not "one ah we" Yes Sir, racial discrimination is rife here like it is everywhere. It is endemic and unfortunately, it will not be easily eradicated.
    • british airway (08/06/2020, 19:52) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
      @ priest
      if you have such issues why stay
      • lodger (08/06/2020, 21:16) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        Thats tantamount to saying that You, british airway, agree with all the discrimination, or racism.
      • @british airways (09/06/2020, 07:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        I expected to hear that. Do you think that would make the issue go away?. If you noticed I mentioned that racial discrimination is rife here like it is everywhere.
    • don (09/06/2020, 06:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Spat on
  • lol (08/06/2020, 14:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let just march u see who dont attend......reality......talking all there piss u see who dont attend......reality......talking
  • Diaspora (08/06/2020, 14:41) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    “Premier Fahie was at the time responding to the question whether he feels racism exists in the VI while a guest on “The Big Story” aired on JTV last Friday evening, June 5, 2020.” Yes. The plantation system in the West Indies, coupled with Slavery, created a hierarchical society based on race. Blacks/ Slaves were viewed as inferior mentally, physically......etc and not even considered human; viewed as property and chattel, they were brutally abused and dehumanized. The lynching of George Floyd on the streets of Minneapolis, Mn, while unarmed, handcuffed and in police custody though shocking to the world is not new or unusual. Blacks have been inflicted with racial discrimination, prejudice.......etc ever since Slaves landed in James Town in 1619. They have endured dehumanizing treatment during Slavery, Jim Crow Era through today.

    Moreover, for the British West Indies, racial discrimination and prejudice against Slaves started well before either the triangular (Europe, Africa, West Indies, Europe)or quadrilateral ( Europe, Africa, West Indies, US Europe) nightmarish ordeal trip to the supposed new world. Slavery started in approx 1662, it became highly profitable and colonialism and mercantilism were intrinsically linked. The UK ended the Slave trade in 1807 and abolished Slavery in 1834 and 1838( Slaves had to work 4 additional years to buy their freedom). Slavery abolished, the UK borrowed £15M in 1835 to compensate Slave owners for their supposedly lost of property. But nit a farthing for Slaves or their dependents to this day. Let’s not forget that Slave labour fueled and constructed both the UK and US economies and nurtured the follow on industrialized capitalism. Nevertheless, though Slavery ended and some countries pursued self determination, the dependency and racial discrimination continue.

    Though many countries have attained independence, dependency is stiol the hallmark of Caribbean economies. Caribbean countries are heavily traded dependent and often encounter one-sided trade deals; they don’t so far produce a product in large enough quantity to be a key decision maker in setting prices. The trade dependency has permitted foreign enterprises to dominate Caribbean economies. Neocolonialism prevails in Caribbean countries and their economies. Thus, the racial discrimination and prejudice persist. The Premier may not want racial prejudice in the VI but it is here, has been here. It will take strong effort to root it out.
    • point (08/06/2020, 19:33) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is a really good post. It fails to mention though, the failure of the Federation which would have given the Anglo-Caribbean a lot more critical mass than it has. Desire to hold national power made it blow up; notwithstanding the common law, language and culture which should have made close cooperation much easier than that tried by the European Union.
      • Diaspora (08/06/2020, 21:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        @Point, agree. The premature collapse of the West Indies Federation (1958-62) severely hampered the region from being farther along economically, culturally and politically. Insularity, pettiness and self interest ruined the Federation. Dr. Eric William, ‘one from ten leaves nought,’ comment foreshadowed the collapse of the Federation. Jamaica led the independence parade on August 06, 1962. What emerged is a group of tiny, mono-economy, travel and trade dependend countries. Four Caribbean Anglophone OTs remain, ie, VI, TCI, CI, Anguilla, Bermuda and Montserrat. 1958-62 Federation failed, it is still in the region’s interest to unite. If unification is good for Australia, Canada, US, EU....etc p, why is it bad for the region?
  • @Laffable (08/06/2020, 15:09) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ur time is at hand ....yes it will eventually trickle down to us the reap of the sweat of change ...ur time is at hand ...u cant see ..sins of ur forefathers are u all curst 400 and plus.....we are the mother and fathers of the whole world ur existence is nothing but lies like ..trump.......lmaooo..yes u see it here racism we figth to live
  • ture (08/06/2020, 15:12) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is what is wrong no one seems to know the difference between Racism and Xenophobia . There is Xenophobia to all neighbouring islands as they come to the BVI on work permit , then make roots and bring family and their own culture this is where the main problem is especially on Tortola.
    Racism is here but its not really racisim its inequality. Black and White people with businesses and money look down on everybody else of another race mix this with xenophobia and you have the melting pot of the BVI.
  • Truth (08/06/2020, 15:14) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Its already here for years racism against down Island people.
  • TOWN (08/06/2020, 15:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am not from bvi I have lived in this land for 39 years, the rejectiion parte is not see, what I can say we have many ignorant
  • wellness (08/06/2020, 16:06) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    UNFORTUNATELY RACISM IS ALIVE AND WELL. WHILE WE HAVE SOME EXECELLENT CAUCACIAN BROS AND SISTERS LIVING AMOUNG US , WE HAVE ALOT ALSO WHO ARE DOWNRIGHT RACIST. THE PLACE IS SO SMALL WE KNOW THEM BY NAME FROM SMUGGLERS COVE TO LITTLE BAY. LOOK CLOSELY AT OUR COMMUNITY AND U CAN SEE.
    I UNDERSTAND PEOPLE WITH COMMONALITIES WOULD NATURALLY DRAWN TOGETHER .HOWEVER SOME OF THERE FOLKS LIVE HERE FOR DEGADES AND DONT HAVE ONE BLACK FRIEND . THEY WOULD DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO AVOID YOU IN PUBLIC FROM PRETENDING TO BE ON THEIR PHONE OR JUST LOOK THE OTHER WAY WHEN U SAID GOOD MORNING OR AFTERNOOON TO THEM
  • again? (08/06/2020, 16:53) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    SYSTEMIC RACISM is alive and well here both with Caucasians and blacks. Check the salaries of Caucasians in trust companies versus those of Blacks who have the same qualifications or better. Caucasians have higher incomes. REDLINING. Caucasians establish hotels, bars, restaurants for themselves to congregate, schools, well Blacks start integrating in Cedar. Andrew please do your homework. Even some of our Black folks still think White is right and Black step back. Some of them like Candace Owens
  • xenophobia (08/06/2020, 17:13) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    It is the rejection, fear or hatred towards the foreigner. This racism consists in the rejection of one's own cultural identity, so that in xenophobia if it is proposed to accept foreigners as long as they comply with the sociocultural assimilation of the country in which they live.

    The BVI particular brand of Racism is Xenophobia. This is Rampant and institutionalized, especially against the "Down Islanders".
  • g (08/06/2020, 18:51) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    @@ local when we go who is going to comb you hair clean your house and who will be your baby father that why. Then white take over and u all have to lie low such a genation of viper God is going to send his wrath soon punch time to ripe
  • uh (08/06/2020, 19:03) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    U all talking about island people this and that I advise you go beef island and take a look at commono are any local liveing over there u should b ah shame of your self
  • Local (08/06/2020, 19:58) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    After reading these blogs u can clearly see the black expat and the white is against the local ...pure geolousey. And I am not from here and I am white
  • Commentator (08/06/2020, 20:51) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have no problem with Caribbean people as long as they are respectful and intend to live peaceably among us. some of them are rude and arrogant and act like they are taking over.I maintain that BVIskanders cannot go into their countries and do likewise,Their Governments look out for their own.Ours do not,and therein lies the problem
  • Already here (08/06/2020, 21:07) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hon. Premier, Check Again- Racism is here-
    As soon as most of the white folks buy a piece of Land or a home, they throw a fence or a wall and post. Private Property.
    Couple years ago the lady from down west had to tell one of them a thing or two when they tried to stop her from swimming on the beach in Apple Bay where she born and grow.
    Even in some of these companies they treat the local staff so bad.
    There are very racist people here.
    Our own people need to stop referring to people from other islands as Island People. I hate it.
    And no I’m not married to someone from another island. I just think it’s so divisive.
    • False racism (09/06/2020, 04:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Too often when there is a difference of opinion people start screaming racism if they can’t get their way.
  • Deh Watcha (08/06/2020, 21:34) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I would really like to hear the experiences of other Caribbean Nationals who live on the other Caribbean Islands and on work permits. Because these blogs just have the discussion boat one sided.
  • Time is running out (08/06/2020, 22:12) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Many here among us have planted the seed to do their dirty deed. The first wave of Caribbean Immigrants were accepted and shown genuine brotherly love by the locals. The problems began when our Caribbean people began to conspire with whites against locals. This is the reason why the mistrust and hatred against so called Island People is so rampant. This divide and rule game is still very much evident today. A good example is in the police force. We have officers with absolutely no knowledge of local history or culture running a muck in the country. Locals are sidelined and denied in preference for those who are eager to work against the locals. This scenario takes place across the board and is now evident in every aspect of the society. This is the driver of local discontent as many persons have been dis enfranchised in one way or another. The sad part is that being the same African person we mix and mingle and in spite of all the name calling and mudslinging there is no one who is not connected or interrelated. I am convinced that the problem lies in our lack of knowledge of self which will serve as a unifying force. To divide and rule it is necessary to keep the people in confusion. This is what I see playing out in BVI and everyone is too busy chasing the dollar to deal with reality.
  • british airways (08/06/2020, 22:30) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    All the chatter about our territory and those folks finding difficult to return to their own country and i wonder why: as set you racism this and racism that and all manner of piss talk yet you afraid to leave these blessed shores: are you wanted for crimes in your homeland
  • sorry (08/06/2020, 23:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    There’s no racism but there’s colorisms
  • guy hill (08/06/2020, 23:30) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    My first experience with racism in my native Virgin Islands was when I was a child at Smugglers Cove Beach. My mother snd I were walking on the beach and walked pass a house where there was a white man making racial remarks towards my mother and me. I asked my mother who was that and she told me thats a Jack Ass. I looked at all racist as such ever since, doesnt matter who its coming from.
  • Know the difference (08/06/2020, 23:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is a difference between prejudice and racism. We are all prejudice in one way or another. We tend to like or dislike for different reasons and have certain preferences. We associate with those we relate to either by custom, culture, religion or ethnicity that’s why there associations for just about every group on the island with 5 or more persons of a particular sect. Racism is a hate system of fear, intolerance, economic oppression, and violence either directly or indirectly towards someone based purely on race... know the difference! Nobody here gets killed because of their skin color. Are there people here with racist ideologies, of course but they can kick rocks. What we need to do is build relationships. I am a born BVIslander but I have lived abroad and worked in other Caribbean countries. If you are not from the BVI and you live here, welcome. You are here for a reason. You are not forced to be here and I trust you are not here against your will. Please don’t bash my country or my people. If you are not going to make a positive contribution here, you can always return to your country. That is your option. BVIslanders, treat people the way you would
    want to be treated... with dignity and respect. You may one day be in a position where you are in someone else’s country and may end up being subjected to the same evils you dish out. One human race
  • Disinterested (09/06/2020, 00:31) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    A number of other bloggers constantly blast VI people as being the most racist and xenophobic people on the planet. Do some locals dislike expats? Yes. Which country with an immigrant population and a 100% of the local population welcomes expats? None. Neither the US, UK, Leeward Islands, Windward Islands, the Big 4( Jamaica, T&T, Barbados, Guyana), DR,........etc. If anyone says yes, he/she is a lying ms. People that live in glass houses don’t throw rocks. Does anyone remember when the BIG 4 discriminated against the people from the Leeward and Windward Islands. Hell, people from the small islands couldn’t even make the West Indies Cricket Team. It was not until the 60s that the for was ajar for a few cricketers, ie, Willet, Shillingford, Roberts, Richards....etc. Some of ah yu come into the people place and call down the place and people, big your homeland as the best place on earth yet yu nah leave the people place. Some ah yu so unhappy wid de place but nah leave. Respect the people place or Leave nah. But nah yu want to take over. Some ah yu homecome treat expats the same way that yu accusing the BVI of doing. Trying going Barbados, Antigua, DR ( ask the Haitians).......etc. By the way, the term island people or down island has nothing to do with size (clearly the VI is an island too); it refers to a geographical region. Geh respect and yu wid geh respect.

    On another note, is it a coincidence that there has never been a Black governor? Is it because he/she represent the crown and he/she has to look a certain way?

    Of course, there is racism in the BVI? Do not Whites isolate themselves in their own enclaves? They avoid mingling with Blacks to maximum extent possible.
  • u (09/06/2020, 05:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    U all could talk from now until judgement day it's not so easy to get rid of us d earth belong to the God
  • don (09/06/2020, 06:05) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The resorts and hotels are packed with persons not from here in HR directors position. Why? What happened to the locals?
  • Expat (09/06/2020, 07:37) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    When I first came to the BVI some 40 years ago, though I experiienced the you are not from here at times it is no where close to what Is going on in the other caribbean Islands. In the other Caribbean Islands there is a social class problem where you have first class, second class and those at the bottom. If you are are the bottom class those in the upper class keep you there. You cannot get a job because you are not recognized and that is why a lot of us Caribnean people have to migrate. When we come to the Virgin Islands we can at least find a job and eventualy improve ourselves and family back home and yet we curse out the Locals call them all kind of names just because they are trying to hold on to something for themselves. The truth is and we do not like to here it, but if it is better where we are from let us go back. It is embarassing when we blog everyday cursing them and with the exception of the person who no matter what the topic would mention something about those Island people as a bait the locals do not generaly say anything bad about expats. The BVI has been good to me.
  • Local (09/06/2020, 08:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    After reading the posted comments.

    I still see the mental system put in place by the slave owners coming through.
    Everyone pulling each other down on racism.

    DIVIDE AND CONQUER - THE PROCESS STILL WORKS
  • haha8888 (09/06/2020, 09:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    um it do exist in the BVI... expecially those white people who work in trust companies and lawyer offices.. they dont like us at all.. u can see it in them faces..
  • guy hill (09/06/2020, 12:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Disinterested & Expat... Thats real straight talk. Dam if you do, dam if you don't. There will always be the "Ignorant Lot" blogging bull nonsense at times.
  • I (09/06/2020, 14:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't think this is racism for me it's call envery & jolouicy that's all
  • Big Slick Willie (09/06/2020, 18:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Please. Your problem here in island on island. Black on black. Chill. You're probably all related somehow. Guys back then sure traveled these islands spreading their seed. Lucky ba$tards. What a life. Relax people. One love. Where's that BVI love I hear so much about?
  • Good afternoon (10/06/2020, 17:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So what about the manner in which the police are treating people here especially the police that’s not from here they feel they’re above the law
  • sorry (11/06/2020, 10:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It to late we prejudiced again each other with same race . So the problem here is different for sure . But prejudices had been here sadly so and u are apart


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