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‘I want political annexation with US Virgin Islands’- Abdul Shabazz

- said VI already has strong heritage & cultural ties with USVI
While local businessman and former political candidate Mr Abdul Shabazz, centre, has totally rejected the notion of a United Kingdom (UK) takeover of the Virgin Islands (VI), he is proposing becoming a territory under the United States of America by 'political annexation' with USVI. Photo: VINO/Google
A view from St Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The US Virgin Islands and [British] Virgin Islands share a long and rich history. Photo: VINO/File
A view from St Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The US Virgin Islands and [British] Virgin Islands share a long and rich history. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While local businessman and former political candidate Mr Abdul Shabazz has totally rejected the notion of a United Kingdom (UK) takeover of the Virgin Islands (VI), he is proposing becoming a territory under the United States of America.

Speaking exclusively with Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) recently, Mr Shabazz said this can be accomplished with the Virgin Islands proposing to Washington DC to be ‘annexed’ by the US Virgin Islands.

What is annexation?

Annexation is considered as the transfer of political sovereignty over a chunk of land to a new state. In the past this has been achieved by military conquest; however, annexation can be accomplished via non-military means.

The United States started as 13 colonies, but grew to be a nation of 50 states, as territorial growth came through other forms of annexation.

Texas, for example, was an independent republic that voted to allow its own annexation into the United States.

“My position on any political strategy for my Virgin Islands, and I stated it all the time and I believe is unique and an original position, I want political annexation with the US Virgin Islands,” Mr Shabazz stated.

“If I had it in my power to do this, this is where I would want to direct my country- political annexation to the US Virgin Islands.”

Heritage & cultural ties with USVI

Shabazz argued that the VI, which uses the US dollar as its currency, can make the case for annexation since it shares strong heritage and cultural ties with the US Virgin Islands.

“When we speak to Washington, this is one area of proof, also the history, where we migrated in the 40s and 50s and 60s to work in St Thomas. They can check Immigration and see what happened with Tortolians and St Thomians for the past number of years and see how we exist, the way we exist under both flags and have a rapport knowing that we are not a foreign people to the US Virgin Islands. It seems so on paper and politically but by heritage it is far from that.” Mr Shabazz argued.

Ask if it wouldn’t be better for the Virgin Islands to just seek independence from its colonisers- Britain, Shabazz said he didn’t think the VI is ready to go down that road.

“It’s deeper than that, it’s our mentality, and it’s our behaviour on the world map. Look my friend, we even not interested in having a library in this country. We don’t have a library in Road Town,” Mr Shabazz lamented.

46 Responses to “‘I want political annexation with US Virgin Islands’- Abdul Shabazz”

  • What the (08/09/2021, 14:02) Like (40) Dislike (14) Reply
    Mehson go sit dung with this nonsense
    • VG (09/09/2021, 03:19) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      Why would we want to be Anne Ed by a country whose contribution to humanity has been to invade more countries than any other and it’s not even 250 years old? Oh, and it gave us cheese in a can.
  • Madness (08/09/2021, 14:06) Like (37) Dislike (13) Reply
    This man needs to be referred to a mental health expert
    • WTF (08/09/2021, 18:12) Like (21) Dislike (3) Reply
      He mad as a box of frogs. We want nothing to do with the USA. It's a racist, greedy, violent, low class, self-righteous insular place who elect morons and where ppl think they're better than others based on absolutely no reality at all. Just a minute.... it sounds like a perfect match.
    • honey (08/09/2021, 18:13) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
      How can we share cultural ties with the US when they have no culture?
  • Xxx (08/09/2021, 14:07) Like (8) Dislike (25) Reply
    Hell no we want to go on our own
  • No (08/09/2021, 14:29) Like (19) Dislike (6) Reply
    No no no no no and no
  • ? (08/09/2021, 14:38) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
    They dont want you. They've got enough chaos to deal with.
  • yes man (08/09/2021, 14:50) Like (8) Dislike (30) Reply
    Best thing for Tortola . No need for passport to travel from main land of us.
    • ppppp (08/09/2021, 16:04) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      Proper Planning Prevents Piss Performance

      List all the pros and cons ..

      Make sure that you are able to deal with the Feds. Any consideration for paying federal taxes on your worldwide income?
    • Hype (08/09/2021, 18:06) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      Why would anyone want to go to the US?
  • usvi (08/09/2021, 15:00) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ohhh no, absolutely not. We don’t want any parts of that. We are a US territory and I don’t think the US would allow that.
    • But (09/09/2021, 03:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      But we are a British territory! Man, there are some simple people here. What’s even more worrying is there are people who agree with what you claim!
  • PSA (08/09/2021, 15:11) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where do you guys get this crazy sh(t from.
  • The Watcher (08/09/2021, 15:24) Like (9) Dislike (12) Reply
    this is a great idea. We will have the benfit of US protection internationally and no one will mess the with the USBVI!! Oh....we have to pay US taxes as well which I am sure all businessmen currently gaming the system of NHI, Social Secirity etc. will welcome.
  • please (08/09/2021, 15:34) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    what an idiot
  • local boy (08/09/2021, 15:36) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    Donald Trump did ask when he was President when Irma and Maria did hit us. When USVI under Gov. Mapp ask for aid. The President did ask what about Tortola island and he was told that's the British side and he said well Puerto Rico is Spanish and they getting Federal Aid see what we can for the British side and hear what they said. We got electricity poles from Gov. Mapp to help with our quick restoration of power in the Territory, but we could gotten much more.
    • @local boy (08/09/2021, 19:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      If this is true, then DT smelled money. I would have thought BVI would have been one of those $h!t hole countries to him. Furthermore, if this is so then BVI people sitting on a gold mine and about to give it away for free.
      • jost (09/09/2021, 03:23) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        Trump would never ask about Tortola. He probably thinks it’s a card game.
    • Local Knowledge (09/09/2021, 12:13) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Our poor performance in Irma recovery, the kind generosity of the USVI not withstanding, was/is all about our government being too proud to accept assistance from the UK. Our local government resented and still resents anything coming from England unless it's lotto winnings and no-strings-attached money.
  • josiah'sbay (08/09/2021, 15:46) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Can anyone answer this question for me: Except for integration wouldn't we as a territory have to sever ties with the UK before we could proceed with any of the other options? Which would mean independence first.
  • Imperfect servant (08/09/2021, 15:55) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    A house divided will not stand, same will not a country as the B.V.I currently is.
    Mr. Shabazz has a right to his own misguided opinion.
    However, his suggested opinion contradicts good vision, and would lead to greater bondage, in spite the financial ease of burden, and promise of greater freedom for us. There is no need to consider Mr. Shabazz misguided opinion/s on annexation. We have many unsolved issues on our table that demand our immediate attention, at this point and time. Mr. Ashabazz, respect to you, Sir., have a great day.
  • Common Sense (08/09/2021, 15:57) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    Excellent idea, every American citizen will be able to live in the territory without any form of licenses, or, work permits. They will be able to establish businesses and bring in all their employees from any US territory without even speaking to, or, obtaining any permission from immigration. They will have the same rights as people born here, buy and sell undeveloped land, buy and sell properties, businesses etc etc. great idea, that will stop all the be discrimination and racism in a heartbeat.
  • The TRUTH (08/09/2021, 16:03) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Oh hell no!
  • Stay off here (08/09/2021, 16:12) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    Sought your business out. Spend time improving your service....Ur customers are not happy including me with the service..
  • Crazy! (08/09/2021, 16:30) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    So where will the money come from? There will be no more trust companies & everyone here will have to pay taxes. Crazy!!!
  • Lucifer (08/09/2021, 16:31) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Be interesting to see how long the financial services industry would last under US regulation and taxation, although it might help reduce the local drug trade with the threat of proper sentencing and punishment
  • FireFighter (08/09/2021, 17:16) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    I have a lot of respect for Bazz but he must be mad with this idea. If you think Tola have a gun problem now, consider his stupid idea. We have a average of 6 murders per year, usvi has a average of 80 murders.
  • @ RIP OFF ARTIST (08/09/2021, 17:28) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    looks like all these RATS are stepping out of the WOODWORKS and they are so barefaced
  • Okro (08/09/2021, 19:29) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
  • fromafar (08/09/2021, 21:16) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    reading your comments you know very little of our history both Danish West Indies and the Virgin Islands , by the way the Danes sold the Danish West Indies to the US than they became the USVI. Interesting comments, if not independence
    than what ? As we would say " you like it so." It is time we move on towards independence the difficulties are more important that to put the generations behind us through this British system of slavery. We would do just fine, we have to retain "the Virgin Islands " rightfully so , we should not gave that up. Running our own affairs is paramount importance, we should not be intimidated by others, we have done extremely well without the support of the UK. Take a bow Virgin Islands , now lets continue the process of running our affairs for ourselves. Oh, Virgin islands how much more can we take ? not much more lets be true to ourselves and live the true lagacy of "THE VIRGIN ISLANDS".
  • Police State (09/09/2021, 00:33) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh hell na. American land of the incarcerated, nation of propaganda, taxes on everything, racism, shootings and homeless. Killer police, killer drugs, ghetto gang culture kkk you name it they’ve got it.

    A portion of your dollars will go to killing people you’ve never heard of in a number of pointless conflicts while healthcare cost & housing are through the roof.

    The UK doesn’t ask us for money and while they involve themselves in wars it’s not something we are forced to fund.
  • books (09/09/2021, 08:37) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    "We don't even have a library".
    This is absolutely the best argument I've heard against the independence nonsense talkers.
    You've convinced yourself we are a child who one day will inevitably grow up and become an adult/independent country.
    This narrative is tempting but it's wrong. The problem with independence talk is that we are simply TOO SMALL to function in the world as a country. We are a small group of families who love, hate and are related to each other and all our politics is about using the pretence of governance to enrich us and our kin.
    Turn us loose on the world as a 'country' and we are like the smallest microbe in a herd of elephants.
    Can it work?
    Shabazz sums it up beautifully: "We don't even have a library".
    I don't agree with anything else he's proposing here!
  • home boy (09/09/2021, 08:48) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a bunch of jokers,you all talking all that nonsense, and the first chance you get is to go to the USA, the man is just giving his opinion, he feels the USA will be good for the BVI,all of you who talking,stop spending USA money, stop getting your child on USA soil ,stay your silly ass in Tortola,what the hell did the UK did for you. Set of ungrateful people.
  • Tortola (09/09/2021, 09:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tortola Should have a LIBRARY. Government come on!!!.
  • Nic (09/09/2021, 10:46) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    For God's sake stop this madness. As much as I can't stand a lot of what is happening here in the VI, I will NEVER want this Territory to be taken over by the USA by any means necessary. We are unique as a Territory and we are NOT heavily dependent on the Mother Country like the USVI does.
  • go Canada (09/09/2021, 18:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    If that's the way to proceed may i suggest letting Canada Annex the Islands. Canada has been wanting to pair up with a Caribbean nation for years and franky, Canada is a lot better choice than the USA. They told the UK to get lost years ago too.
  • E. Leonard (09/09/2021, 21:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is an idea but is it a realistic one? The US has sovereignty over some 14 territorial jurisdictions, including 5 populated areas, ie, Puerto Rico, USVI, Guam, American Samoa and Northern Marianas Islands. They may behave indifferent if any of them pursue self-determination, including independence. Doubt that they will be interesting in adding territories. To interest the US in annexing the VI, what is the VI bringing to the table other than being a tropical locale? What is the VI strategic value? What can the US do in the VI that it cannot do from Puerto or the USVI? Further, at the time of the sale of the Danish West Indies to the US, they had geographic military value. The last two states—-Alaska and Hawaii—to join the union had geographic value. The close social, economic and familial ties to the USVI may not be strong enough to seal such a deal. During WWII, the establish the Caribbean Coastal Frontier to protect against enemy attack. They bases in Guyana, Trinidad, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, Jamaica, TCI, Bermuda and New Found land. War long over, those bases are long gone.
  • Vi 4lyfe (11/09/2021, 09:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The have a old saying here it is better that where it is sell to us and u would be looking for tola and u cant find it all our culture would be so far gone u be looking for it .kfc
    Burger king .wall mart .home depot .fema.irs .cia .fbi what how all these thing fit on 23sqm

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