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Expat vs local talk in VI ‘tore away at my heart’- Angelle A. Cameron

-in reflection of 2020 year in territory
Outspoken radio host and former Mrs BVI, Angelle A. Cameron says that over the 2020 year in the Virgin Islands, the contention over expats and locals in the territory is one that has 'torn away at her heart'. Photo: VINO/File
Ms Cameron, a co-host of the MY BVI radio show on ZKing 100.9FM made the comments on the Tuesday, December 22, 2020, edition of the show, alongside Bishop John I. Cline and Dr Albert L. Thompkins during a conversation in reflection of the 2020 year. Photo: Facebook
Ms Cameron, a co-host of the MY BVI radio show on ZKing 100.9FM made the comments on the Tuesday, December 22, 2020, edition of the show, alongside Bishop John I. Cline and Dr Albert L. Thompkins during a conversation in reflection of the 2020 year. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Outspoken radio host and former Mrs BVI, Angelle A. Cameron says that over the 2020 year in the Virgin Islands, the contention over expats and locals in the territory is one that has 'torn away at her heart'.

Mrs Cameron, a co-host of the MY BVI radio show on ZKing 100.9FM made the comments on the Tuesday, December 22, 2020, edition of the show, alongside Bishop John I. Cline and Dr Albert L. Thompkins during a conversation in reflection of the 2020 year.

Locals vs expats

Speaking on the expat vs local argument, Ms Cameron said, “Unfortunately, over the course of this year one of the arguments that really tore away at my heart was that argument about people who are expatriates living in our territory and people who are indigenous Virgin Islanders,” she said. 

She said people in the territory need to recognize that the human race is one, regardless of the origins of people who now call the VI their home.

“At the end of the day, we are all from one race and it doesn’t really matter which island or country we come from, we are all humans,” she said. 

Cameron continued, “We saw the divide globally and we know it exists here in the Virgin Islands as it relates to the racial divide, but none of that should affect the way our community remains resilient.”

Building resiliency in the VI community  

The My BVI Radio co-host underscored that a way to keep building resiliency in the territory is by keeping families together and paying attention to the households, especially single-parent families who struggle, in an effort to offer more support.

Cameron called for both the people and government to take stock of data relating to families in the VI, such as those affected the most by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This she says could account for wayward youths and re-integrate them back into the family, in an afford to regain a sense of community.


68 Responses to “Expat vs local talk in VI ‘tore away at my heart’- Angelle A. Cameron”

  • qc (25/12/2020, 13:59) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    More talk
    • reality (25/12/2020, 16:12) Like (53) Dislike (20) Reply
      Because some of y’all from down the island have no respect at all come up here and disrespect us and our rules yes we are grateful for some because they are talented with their hands but when you go to another place to live just like how we locals go America you have to respect the country
      • Down islander problem (26/12/2020, 09:54) Like (2) Dislike (25) Reply

        If all the d***n i*****s went home then there would be no more problems.

        • Jah Bless (27/12/2020, 06:53) Like (6) Dislike (11) Reply
          We all should go bac for real so that you'll can go bac to sleeping with you'll own family like goats. Experts is the best thing that ever happen to the bvi.
      • @reality (26/12/2020, 13:01) Like (15) Dislike (14) Reply
        You are so right. Not all, but the majority have no class whatsoever! Just how they behave in their homeland, they bring it with them. Loud and disrespectful, and want to get offended if you try to guide them to do better. Our BVI has gone downhill from some of them. Don’t talk about those from Jamaica! They think they have a right to behave like the slums where they come from. There needs to be a code of behavior presented to them upon issuance of a work permit and any violations will make their work permit null and void!
        • Look at you! (26/12/2020, 16:15) Like (10) Dislike (13) Reply
          Take a look at yourselves please before you start with the Jamaicans. Who obnoxious like you BV Islanders? As they would say in Jamaica "Libatty cum tru carelessness." We Jamaicans don't like you all as much as you hate us, so we don't feel a way, hush. The same way you view other Islanders as trash is the same way you are viewed as trash when you go places hon. Don't get me wrong, there are some awesome BV Islanders, but it's ones like you who trash the whole bunch.
    • justice (25/12/2020, 16:16) Like (16) Dislike (15) Reply

      Nothing worse then them d*** i***** cops here just like how them kill that man a Throw him in the sea up fat hogs bay.

    • Real Talk (26/12/2020, 07:14) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
      Why not talk of the social and economical injustice expats face from BVI Business owners that are not prosecuted for non payment of NHI, Social Security and Income Tax and yet employees has their payslip to prove it was taken. Gov. grants additional trade licenses and work permits to these persons to further exploit more expats who are left helpless without any proper human rights or employment legal representative since BVI lawyers perfer corporate law.
  • So understand (25/12/2020, 14:07) Like (30) Dislike (5) Reply
    • trrefdrfds (25/12/2020, 16:10) Like (15) Dislike (7) Reply
      Not the whites they mostly against we as they like to call us island people
    • Ain’t no indigenous persons in BVI (25/12/2020, 16:46) Like (33) Dislike (8) Reply
      We is all imports - indigenous claimants forefathers actually came here involuntarily in boats from west Africa. Older white belongers also came by boat, or mostly by choice in their own boats. More recent came by plane or ferry. Only indigenous thing is the mosquitoes.
      • History (27/12/2020, 11:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Another thing they blaming the whites when it was their west africans that were capturing them and selling them to the whites.
  • tola (25/12/2020, 14:11) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yes don't sound good at all
    • HMMM (25/12/2020, 16:09) Like (11) Dislike (22) Reply
      If it don’t sound good go back down the island it’s been a term use for decades in the VI
  • rewrsdffds (25/12/2020, 14:15) Like (21) Dislike (10) Reply
    Ms Cameron makes a way better candidate and talk show host than C****y. But she lost few point when she join the BLM BVI. While her intentions might have been for good 90% of the members are a a hate group.
  • God child (25/12/2020, 14:48) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    we are one Black People see how we fight down our own people sad sad to see and here. What Wrong what human one race one blood come on you guys really sad to see this wake up. one set of black people together
  • uHuh (25/12/2020, 15:07) Like (24) Dislike (10) Reply
    What tears me apart is to hear expats say if it wasnt for the u.s dollar they would never set foot on this backward piece of rock place and their country is 20 times better than here and where ugly people
    • True (25/12/2020, 16:52) Like (18) Dislike (5) Reply
      if the BVI had the Caribbean dollar or whatever that mickey mouse currency is called then yes most expats would not be here white or black across the pond or down island as that is the draw.
  • blah (25/12/2020, 16:13) Like (17) Dislike (21) Reply

    Ayu i**** p***** especially women like to come and marry off our local man and brainwash them just for papers

    • @blah (25/12/2020, 20:59) Like (31) Dislike (6) Reply
      It’s so funny that you ladies from here are also marrying men who are not locals. Some even meet them on a trip and pay for them to come to this country to be with them. What exactly is your point? For the reference, blame your local men if you are looking for someone to blame and ask them why have they chosen women from other Caribbean Islands. Well, if these men are still being brainwashed after all these years then that simply means that they are even worse than what meets the eyes.
    • @blah (25/12/2020, 22:11) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
      Not all of us honey.
      Married but never applied for anything and not planning on applying either jus because of this same division
      Btw people marry from diff islands countries states nothing new.
      There are however some that really do marry off for papers but not all .
      Tip treat your men right and they won’t look after another island woman as u call us.
    • The G (25/12/2020, 23:52) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
      They tired of the cousin lovin
  • Sad (25/12/2020, 16:14) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Same thing over here in st Thomas like bad talk and call us all kind of names iswpbut hey their all one Virgin Islands bvi and usvi.
  • tretretrete (25/12/2020, 16:15) Like (9) Dislike (14) Reply
    Lot of petty crimes here are committed by our local youths which is expected but those big murders and thing if you really look at it is y’all from down the island and other islands committing these huge crimes
  • streets (25/12/2020, 16:19) Like (14) Dislike (7) Reply
    Y’all make it hard for us especially from other Caribbean islands except our family island USVI. All theses illegal people coming in here government letting in all dogs and cats without checking their back ground history. Its just to much. We don’t hate y’all we just don’t like y’all worthless behaviors not all because I had lot of island people worked for me who is actually good people
  • plain and simple (25/12/2020, 17:41) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply


    • chuuupes (26/12/2020, 16:28) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
      Just like you all go to St. Thomas, Puerto Rico and USA to drop your anchor babies. Have of the so called BVI ppl born in US territories or the mainland so talk truth. Glad I managed to rid myself of the hatred. You all have no love for any so called outsiders, but you all don't like each other anyways. Hush!
    • Tolan (29/12/2020, 12:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Who take your man my girl , you mad bitter !
  • annudda2cents (25/12/2020, 18:06) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    i do not have official statistics, but I am pretty sure that more than 60% of BVI households have at least 1 expat parent. it is my belief that a very small number of persons from certain quarters - persons with agendas, the resources, or perhaps even the "power of influence" taking isolated cases and are blowing them out of proportions, pretty much much ado about nothing. now with the BVI consisting mainly of expats, are we to believe that the majority "expats" are going to turn on themselves? are we to believe that someone who was born here is going to go on a war against expats fully knowing that one of said person's parents is an expat...which is essentially the case with a very high percentage of households? let's get real. people, let's not believe the hype. agents are doing a good job of fueling tension and conflict that is minor in nature as a means of tearing our society apart for whatever heinous reason. let the voices of reason overpower the voices of conflict and hatred. BVI Love. Merry Christmas to one and all.
  • Slavery (25/12/2020, 18:31) Like (20) Dislike (5) Reply
    The racist minority of BVIslanders live off the backs of residents.
  • from buckingham palace (25/12/2020, 20:21) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    • Yes I! (26/12/2020, 16:35) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
      Be careful, some of them are foolish enough to think that that is possible in this day and age. Set of asses they really are. Full of hatred and grudge for so called outsiders some of who do nothing wrong except to come here and work their asses off to build the BVI in one way or the other , while being manipulated and cheated by those wicked BVI ppl. Come on BVI, you can only show off on outsiders, because you are not recognized when you go elsewhere.
  • Hmm (25/12/2020, 22:06) Like (18) Dislike (6) Reply
    Expats are being victimized from the top come right down. Look recently how they give the few expats locked out a hard time to return. Some children did not see their parents for over 9 to 10 months because their parents were not allowed to re enter and persons of belonger status living and paying taxes in foreign countries, local who are holder of foreign passport were being allowed back in. Which is totally unfair. Then they were saying expat have to pay for quarantine and all those stuff. Dont you want tye expat to talk about this???
  • Mandingo (25/12/2020, 23:23) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    I tell alyo that this thing is way to easy to fix.. Just pass the law to ensure that all who blog on these sites must give their email address and name. Even if they give a fake name you will catch them by their email address. then you will see all of the nasty blogging stop. By the way I personally believe its only 2 or 3 the most people that is blogging those racist nonsense.
    • agreed (26/12/2020, 09:59) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Mandingo 200% agreed with you! also when it comes to crime they will find the criminals
  • Nice (26/12/2020, 05:16) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mrs c u start d head line wrong it's local Vs expat every thing is island people when I learn in school an island is a piece of land with water all around it so tola is an island please address the issue to them
  • bat man (26/12/2020, 08:31) Like (1) Dislike (10) Reply
    God knows if tortola was not using US dollars 95 % of them wouldn't of been here ! But hey is the vincy expat I cant stand they the biggest haters towards tortola , dont talk bout the police officers from vincy they the worst ever rotten cops cant be trusted .
  • @from Buckingham palace (26/12/2020, 09:00) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply

    If you like how things run here in the BVI. BUY A PlANE TICKET AND GET YOUR A** OUT OF THE BVI. You idiot!!!!!

    • Hmm (26/12/2020, 13:09) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      They should have never bring your ancestors here in the first place and let the arawaks and whites continue to live here.
    • from buckingham palace (26/12/2020, 19:25) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply

      No,expats like how things are run here in bvi,thats why expats are here. the expats will remain here,because the Immigration law say,that expats can come here and work here and settle here,so thats the law,expat must come,just like in America and UK,there must be migration and Immigration laws..
      But when expats come,they have a lawful right to reside,and to speak and to criticize and to support and to agree and disagree and not be reproached for being an expat.
      The point is clear,if you dont want expats here,pass a law to deport all expats, and make a law to say no more expats can come to BVI; and leave bvi people to live and reside alone with no expats...But if your law say expats can come,so why when expats come,you criticising expats for coming,working and need the exzpats to work and pay taxes etc..
      clearly,yu'al are a bunch of JJA*******SS to be talking about expats.

  • chosen (26/12/2020, 09:08) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wickedness will prevail but only for a little while
  • Dancing in the sunshine (26/12/2020, 09:10) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am very grateful to the government and the people of the Virgin Islands for the opportunity as an expatriate to come to the territory and gain employment to improve my economical condition as well as affording my family to benefit from the opportunities here. I will not engage in any insularity conflicts and debate who is from here or not. For those persons who did not utilize their opportunities I would like to sympathize with them and urge them to make a change from negativity to positivity.

    I am not advocating conflict between expats and local individuals, however, we can co-exist and work towards the development of the territory that we call our adopted homes. We can share each other cultures and do not be dominant over each other. As descendants of of Africans slaves we should continue to work towards the dismantling of the WHITE supremacy and the disunity that was perpetrated by Author Hodge. He advocated the Divide And Rule policy that is still existing until today. So whether we are from St Vincent, Jamaica, St Kitts, Guyana or Grenada we should unite as the Cocasions and the Syrians do to assist each other.
  • Albert (26/12/2020, 09:25) Like (23) Dislike (5) Reply
    BVI has already killed itself for years to come with the attitudes...just watch !
  • musa (26/12/2020, 12:20) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Stop the hate and learn to love and appreciate each other's
  • island man prophet (26/12/2020, 15:03) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    Bigger than BVI fall already. History has a way of repeating itself.. I hope all you brace for it. BVI people are some of the most unloving people I come across. Not just to island people, especially against themselves. What you last name iz?
    • YUP! (26/12/2020, 16:43) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      You said it just as it is . I have indicated in a previous post that they don't love themselves and their own family so they will not be able to love expatriates, plain and simple.
  • Joshua (26/12/2020, 15:54) Like (10) Dislike (11) Reply

    Tortola is by far the most racist place I have ever visited. From successive governments to the local people, of course not everyone. Let's face it, where would tortola be without expats. Let's face it who possess the brains and the expertise. Most politicians are there because of popularity not know how.

    It would be wise for tortola to pick ministers from both parts of the divide. Every party have good people but not one party have the expertise to manage and minister the complete government. That is the reason why the premier is in everything. Because he has to oversea most of the ministries it is causing a drain on him.

    This government has a few functioning ministers. Fahie, Rhymer, deputy, and health, the others are junior ministers. Could you imagine if you had, Sh***n he is racist, M**n, to add to the team. It would work wonders. I think that the former premier would make an excellent governor.

    Yes the expats are only there for the US dollar. What else. You don't have anything else to offer. Take away the dollar you are left with Haiti. Sewage all over the place. Where else would you see that beside Haiti. I dare anyone to tell me where else in the Caribbean you would see sewage flowing in the street. No agriculture, no fishing can not sustain one self. No education to speak about. No professionals, nurses, doctors, teachers, ah come on and some moron calling for independence. It would take you another hundred years to be self sufficient and efficient. You might not like it but it us true. Most toland are lazy and have a born here entitlement like if that put food on the table. Tolans are jealous of what expats have, beautiful, shapely, intelligent, hard working, industrious. And yes 90 percent of tolans are real ugly. I said it.

    • Yes Sah! (26/12/2020, 16:48) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      Even in this time of Corona I would have given you a good handshake for this comment. Set of entitled morons. They are acting like Tola has something else other than the US dollars to offer.
      • josiah'sbay (27/12/2020, 08:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        The US have the US dollar, so why come to Tola, apparently there is something more.
        • re: josiah'sbay (27/12/2020, 12:20) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
          nope.. its only the US dollar. if we had US status we would not be here... can I have some likes? 98% of the islands are much more beautiful and friendly than bvi and we definitely are more welcoming than this set of rocks.
    • @Joshua (26/12/2020, 19:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Lol, no sah. Brother Joshua u ain’t easy
    • BS (26/12/2020, 20:08) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      I have been to serval caribbean islands and the attitude is the same towards outsiders, it the same all over the world people behave hostile when others don't follow the norm don't make it seem like its a VI issue.
    • josiah'sbay (27/12/2020, 08:48) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      Joshua, you haven't said anything until you you have the courage to put your real name behind it. Until then you are merely a coward with a bad attitude.
    • @ brother josh (27/12/2020, 11:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      The remaining 10 percent maybe have an expat as one of their parent.
  • Wow! (26/12/2020, 17:43) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    It takes comments like some of the ones above, to know for a fact that some people from other Caribbean islands come to our BVI just for the US$. They come here to use us by any means with their bad attitudes and turn around and resent us for what we have and they want. We need to stay aware of this trend. That said, we do have some genuinely wonderful Caribbean people amongst us and we thank you for contributing to our country. For the ungrateful ones, bypass us and head straight to the USA and their US$. Let’s see how they will welcome you!
  • Joshua (26/12/2020, 19:25) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    @wow, please engage me. Tell me what you have. Who is really using who. Who pays your mortgage, who labor in your sweat shops, who is qualified and under paid. Who is the ones being mistreated and marginalize. Who buy your goods. Do you think tortola is kept afloat by the locals. Yes we come for the dollar, we sweat and break our backs for it. Take away the dollar and 90 percent would leave.
  • Actright (26/12/2020, 19:59) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    If you were invited to my home, my house how would you act. You would respect the rules and the norms or risk being kicked out correct. Well the same should apply to the VI.

    I was told by a Kittian that I should go back to my country because I objected to them pushing their way pass myself and others waiting in a line "You came here and want to act like its you home" but they were the ones acting out of place. This happens many places in the world its not a VI thing
    • Hmm (27/12/2020, 11:02) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      Expats are the only ones obeying all the laws the few who did get involved in breaking a few are those who have locals as their counterpart. Almost all tge new laws recently implemented are for expats alone. None are complaining what people are complaining about is the unfairness towards the expats like when they government want them to pay for their own quarantine when it have licals who do not live here but were coming back and getting free quarantine. That and other unfairness are what expats are complaining about like after Irma l9xals alone were getting majority of help and the expats who lost everything did not get no help at all.
  • MoreNonsense (26/12/2020, 20:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    How long has expats made up over 60% of the work force, and have started families in the VI..the attitude you speak of comes from children of the expats.
  • Lord have mercy (27/12/2020, 00:36) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    Expat complain about local hating and I read more hate coming from the expat towards the locals. I am an expat and I am ashame of the insulting things my expat counterparts does spew out. I live among these people for the past 40 years and I have not experience this kind of hate you all talking about.
  • @Joshua (27/12/2020, 01:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • I'm Sorry (27/12/2020, 08:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    the outpouring of negativity here is very disheartening. i would hope especially in these times that people would try to unite as one for the common good. I think there is a serious problem here and the sooner we recognize it and do something about it the better. Stop fighting over the scraps unite and use our collective intelligence, our hearts and souls to do something great
  • Joshua (27/12/2020, 10:58) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    We are missing some critical facts. I did not leave my home to come to tortola. I was invited for the expertise service I can give. Yes you are right this engagement happens throughout the Caribbean. Unfortunately not at the same magnitude as tortola. If I am a guest to your home certain courtesies that are expected as a guest. The down island slogan as was said was there for centuries. Does that make it right. If I say that tolans are fat, black, ugly and shapely, which is true is that right. I am not afraid to disclose my identity. I have challenged CSC to a debate anywhere and anytime he has not as yet chosen to accept my offer. I told him he can bring as many persons as he want. Yes I am a down island proud professional. By the way I uninvited myself. No need to say go back. And yes I worked in the U S for 28 years. As you said I was invited.
    • @joshus (27/12/2020, 15:16) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      Reread your comment . Well it is ok for you to be rude and sarcastic, but it is not OK for Virgin Islands to tell you take yout expertise axx and go back from whence you came. I am sure it is needed more there. We will surbive without your washed up behind. You overstayed your welcome in the US after 28 years so you come to little Tortola trying to be relevant.
  • @from Buckingham palace (27/12/2020, 19:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    So if expats are allowed to come here and work, then why are you criticizing the BVI immigration laws??? You sound foolish!!! Can a BVIslander go into your country and change laws to suit themselves? The answer is NO. Stop blogging crap and find something better to do! Clearly you are the biggest jackass!!!!
  • Guy Hill @ (28/12/2020, 07:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I D yourself "Joshua". Who are "tolans"?

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