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‘Whites have been on the side of fighting for justice’- Julian Willock

- said ‘we need more than ever before to build the BVI as a team’
December 3rd, 2017 | Tags: justice racism unity Julian Willock Fresh Radio Vybz
Saying that he does not wish to be part of any divisive politics, political aspirant and former Permanent Secretary Mr Julian Willock believes that now more than ever the [British] Virgin Islands has to embrace everyone, regardless of race, economic status or nationality, to build the territory successfully. Photo: VINO/File
Bishop John I. Cline of the New Life Baptist Church in Duff’s Bottom on Tortola has implied that the British are racist in the way they are dealing with funding of its British Overseas Territory, the Virgin Islands, post hurricanes Irma and Maria. Photo: VINO/File
Bishop John I. Cline of the New Life Baptist Church in Duff’s Bottom on Tortola has implied that the British are racist in the way they are dealing with funding of its British Overseas Territory, the Virgin Islands, post hurricanes Irma and Maria. Photo: VINO/File
Businessman and political aspirant Mr Julian Willock was a guest of the online radio show, Fresh Radio Vybz with Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’, on November 29, 2017. Photo: Facebook
Businessman and political aspirant Mr Julian Willock was a guest of the online radio show, Fresh Radio Vybz with Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’, on November 29, 2017. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Political aspirant and former Permanent Secretary Mr Julian Willock believes that now more than ever the [British] Virgin Islands has to embrace everyone, regardless of race, economic status or nationality, to build the territory successfully.

Noting that he does not wish to be part of any divisive politics, Mr Willock said he wants to change the conversation and bring people together.

“All of us have to be at the table fighting to make the BVI what it is and I do not wish to be a part of any divisive politics, blacks against whites, rich against poor, or brothers and sisters in the Caribbean against locals…Why can’t we just bring people together? We need more than ever before to build the BVI as a team and that is why leadership matters,” Mr Willock stated while on the online radio show, Fresh Radio Vybz with Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’, on November 29, 2017.

Mr Willock at the time was asked by the host Mr Peart to respond to recent statements by Bishop John I. Cline which implied that the British are racist in the way they are dealing with funding of its British Overseas Territory post hurricanes Irma and Maria.

According to Bishop Cline, the British “have no interest in seeing the prosperity of people of colour in the Caribbean.”

Whites have fought against injustice- Willock

Mr Willock noted that he “would not have used those words, and of course there is a history there, but as a student of history, political science and economics, we have to look at the whole history.”

The businessman explained that there are white people in the United States of America and Britain who have fought against slavery and apartheid.

Further supporting his stance, Mr Willock spoke about the ascension of Robert G. Mugabe in Zimbabwe who was supported by the British after they were not pleased with the rule of Ian D. Smith, a white Prime Minister of the then Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).

“He was a white minority government and the British did not support what he was doing and it led, after a civil war, to the ascension of Robert Mugabe.

“So whites have been on the side of fighting for justice, including in the United States as was against slavery,” Mr Willock stated.

He also pointed out that many whites supported and voted for Barack H. Obama to become the first black President of the United States of America. “If you had add up all the blacks in America they would not have been able to spell victory for Obama.”

Mr Willock, a former Permanent Secretary, former Director of Water and Sewerage Department (W&SD), and who holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Political Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Certificate in Public Administration from the University of the West Indies, has been frequently making his concerns heard and offering solutions for a better Virgin Islands but has stopped just short of announcing his candidacy for the next general elections, constitutionally due in two years.

See link to related story:

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/if-we-were-a-white-country-uk-would-have-helped-already-john-i-cline

See links below to radio show, Fresh Radio Vybz with Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’:

https://tunein.com/radio/ Freshradiovybz-s297104/ and http://rdo.to/FRV2

34 Responses to “‘Whites have been on the side of fighting for justice’- Julian Willock”

  • BRAD BOYNES (03/12/2017, 06:41) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    Be careful what you ask for about embracing?. Who genuinely embrace Virgin Islanders amongst us? I bet that number is very low but to get belonger status some on both sides exploits the System with the help of this political gang.
    • Red Carpet.. (03/12/2017, 09:57) Like (5) Dislike (11) Reply
      The Way forward.. Frazer, Willock and others. A lot of Xpat workers and Xpat business owners maybe fearful of Frazer..No need to be if you are doing what's right to add he will be surrounded by a good team like Willock. Rawl And others. We BVI landers and brlongers should roll out the Red Carpet for Frazer and Willock team. We are sinking when we should be rising.. Rawl u r my friend you are a good man with a good heart join the Frazer willock team.
  • wize up (03/12/2017, 07:42) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Just a question: how come some investors are allowed or given tax free privileges however some of us are taxed even on item we purchase in the USVI: there are double standards in this place and primarily based on who you are or where you are from (just saying)
  • light (03/12/2017, 08:12) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
    Mr Willock I am not "white" and I have not always ageed with somethings u said in the past and beleive me i wondered if I would have voted for u had u ran for an electoral office. This peice has pushed me to give u that vote. Why? A true leader respect rights of everyone regardless of race or skin color. If u are genuine ...i beleive u r it is a sign that u have the making of a leader. Too many of our leaders today are preaching the "hate race thing". While i recognised that the welfare of BVI Islanders comes first i also beleive we should treat people fairly regardless of their place of origin or race. I also call on all to respect our territory and cultures .
    • Serpico (03/12/2017, 15:48) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      Anybody in the narrative who thinks that Willock doesn’t have solid support of the majority of all groups in the BVI who can vote isn’t paying attention."
  • wow (03/12/2017, 09:24) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Wow, Gadeithz seems to still be relevant....I may have to take a listen. I thought we had heard the last of him when he skipped town from these Virgin Islands...
  • Kkl (03/12/2017, 09:25) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    I agree with the esteem but in the bvi there are a lot of racist whites
    • @ kkl (03/12/2017, 13:30) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      racist comes in all forms blaks, whites, red and brown
      • Reply (03/12/2017, 16:34) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
        Some of what is being said about Blacks being racist is untrue or mischaracterized. They have not power so can't be!
      • RemyMa (04/12/2017, 14:42) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        Are you dumb? Racism is the systematic oppression of a people. POC cannot be racist against whites. Prejudice? Yes. But, not racist. Why? Because in recent history, there has never been a time when whites have been oppressed by POC. Whites have a privilege on this earth right now like no other people. As for right now, there will not be a time when POC can demean a white person's quality of life. By this I mean that as a POC I cannot interfere in a white person's access to opportunities, nor will their skin color ever. Read a book, learn some history, and stop depending on the dictionary definition of racism. Scary thing is, I have a feeling you're black. And I think that's sad. More knowledge to you. Blessings.
  • ... (03/12/2017, 09:31) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    Willock I must say I am very impress with your stands you got my vote for sure
    • Iman (03/12/2017, 15:07) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
      I’ve been around long enough to know that all politicians talk the talk but if Wilcox is genuine then he good
  • Street reporter (03/12/2017, 09:39) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    I have to agree with Mr Willock.. Blacks in positions are more of a problem than whites.. From my experience black judge you by like or dislike, White judge us on production. Very often black in position are often trying to get the white owners or GM to execute their bias, wrong and hatred policies. Then we are left blaming the whites.. It's our own that oppressing us... Mr. Willock UR on to something good...
    • Trump Style. (03/12/2017, 16:18) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      I like Trump. He told the people what he was going to do and the people voted for him and he is doing exactly what he said he was going to do..I like that quality in people period. Give your word and make it mean something. Not these deceptive and Greedy politicians we have.. He said he was going to donate his salary to charity and he is doing that but we not hearing much report about that..only what they perceived to be bad they reporting on. "That's people period" Nothing is New he said it and he us doing it...
  • voter (03/12/2017, 09:47) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    Hope when we elect him he is not ANOTHER kedrick with rich white friends
  • brent (03/12/2017, 10:40) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply

    History has proven over and over again what happens when you let your guard down. Yes we need help from everyone we can get it from, but let’s not forget how many times Blacks, Native Americans, etc have been tricked with trinkets hung in front of our faces? Remember, there is always an underlying reason for everything. I’m not saying there aren’t any good people out there, just always be on the lookout for wolves in sheep clothing.

  • Ya me born (03/12/2017, 10:43) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Mr Willock is correct to an extent ..I live in a town that is 99% white and what I've found is that they don't look really see us as being a threat because we're so small in number..remember also that by and large they have the power, the businesses.You do have white people who care about equality and justice. On the other hand if you look at Detroit and Flint Michigan which are black cities ,you could see that these places are being neglected. This goes back to Mr Cline's statement which also has some merit.What does Detroit and the BVI have in common? We as a people have to unite.
    • BitterPill (04/12/2017, 17:10) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      You suffer from paranoid delusions and or deep insecurities that probably come from being a minority. "You do have white people who care about equality and justice."
      That doesn't really need mentioning. Equality and justice are natural desires for any human. You say it as though you are conceding that in general white people seek to prevent equality and justice, but that there are a few good ones. In reality, ALL PEOPLE are selective when I comes to liberties. We want equality for all - as long as they think like us, and we want justice based on our terms.
      Lastly, Detroit is what it is because where it once had a booming industry it now has nothing except high unemployment. This isn't a "White" scheme to enslave back people. The concept is ridiculous. Parts of Detroit have been neglected because these areas are poor and dilapidated; they are derelict. Much like parts of almost every major city in the world. Much like Rio, Johannesburg, Bangkok. I want you to show me the white scheme in all these examples. So, to compare that to the BVI, it's insane, it's idiotic. The BVI has a locally elected government who are responsible for the budget and the spending. If any area of the BVI is being neglected then that is the fault of the elected officials. And if the claim is neglect by the UK, well, the UK were sent away twice. Once after the flood, and the sent home early after Irma. Parliament didn't make that call. The dep. Gov made that call. The Tolan lady, under pressure from Tolan government. The Royal marines that were helping care more about equality and justice FOR ALL than 50% of the people frum hare.
      • BRAD BOYNES (06/12/2017, 04:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @Bitterpill. Its Tolian. Not Tolan. Speaks of you and your position on issue.
  • cay (03/12/2017, 10:48) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    this boy Julien making me take alook at him, he doing good so far
  • Pot fish (03/12/2017, 15:02) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr. Willock is known as an institutionalist, less a devotee of a defined agenda than to the traditions of the BVI, which he’s aspired to lead ever since he got into dealing with politics.
  • preach (03/12/2017, 16:52) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    This is a man with sense show all these leaders that promote division.
  • free your minds (03/12/2017, 19:04) Like (5) Dislike (11) Reply
    I don't care what s man say, as for me and my house we agree 100% with john cline

    now go smoke that?
  • Anonymous (03/12/2017, 21:21) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    We need more of willocks and less of the divisive myron donald trumps types
  • Ambassador (03/12/2017, 23:18) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    All people have the ability to be racist or not regardless of skin color. We all bleed red. He speak truth, Obama would never have been elected without white voters, and the civil war was fought by many whites to abolish slavery. History of the BVI and Quakers settled here teaches brotherly love. A man of God should be promoting unity and love. Peace and love, especially during this holy season.
  • Personal experience (04/12/2017, 03:23) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Maybe Cline and Willock had different experiences. they can be both right.
  • sir (04/12/2017, 09:41) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    what history book have you been reading, a counterfeit one?

    Where have you been living for the last fifty or sixty years, under a rock?

    You must be getting paid very handsomely to state falsehoods in media.

    Or, like many others, your head is buried in sand in the depths of denial and or knowledge deficiency.
    • answer (07/12/2017, 22:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Quakers in the BVI http://westbynorthwest.org/artman/publish/printer_1387.shtml.
  • BitterPill (04/12/2017, 17:15) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    It is sad that he felt a need to speak those words. Sad also that the impression is that "White people are also good people." This is the 21St century, I thought we put colour aside a long long time ago. I thought that each time I experienced derogatory behaviour and remarks about my race on this island that it was said or done in jest. How wrong! People here are actually that primitive with their thoughts. It's time to smooth the chip on their shoulders before they set fire to town again.
  • Ha! (04/12/2017, 19:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    He know what time it is.... campaigns need to be funded!!!!! lol
  • Challenger (06/12/2017, 18:57) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    bishop Cline ......he states that it is the "British" who are racist ?? I just wonder what passport he holds ??? hhhm. is he calling the 80% of our fellow British Virgin Islanders who hold full British passports.........racist ???


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