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Students tasked to make slavery reparations, VI independence a reality

- Hon Julian Fraser RA says the next generation responsible for VI's future
Third District Representative and Opposition Leader, Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) laid down the gauntlet to the primary school students in a speech on the death of the Queen with the monarchy now passed to the King Charles III, the new head of UK's Overseas Territory. Photo: Facebook/JTV
On August 1, 2022, during Emancipation observances in the VI, Hon Fraser in a social media post said even as the territory celebrated its various emancipation events, it will never be fully emancipated until Britain pays up reparations to the descendants of slaves. Photo: Team of Reporters
On August 1, 2022, during Emancipation observances in the VI, Hon Fraser in a social media post said even as the territory celebrated its various emancipation events, it will never be fully emancipated until Britain pays up reparations to the descendants of slaves. Photo: Team of Reporters
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Students of Ebenezer Thomas Primary School have been tasked to seek reparations for slavery and make independence a reality as part of their duties as the next generation of Virgin Islanders.

Third District Representative and Opposition Leader, Hon Julian Fraser RA  laid down the gauntlet to the primary school students at the school's general assembly on Monday, September 12, 2022.

“Unfortunately, after 70 years of continuous reign, the United Kingdom and us the Overseas Territories, Queen Elizabeth II has passed... We now have a new king... When you sing a national anthem from henceforth, some of you probably never sang it before… but you will not be singing God save the Gracious Queen, you will be singing God save the Gracious King.”

Push independence, reparations - Hon Fraser 

Hon Fraser told students that growing up, things like the national anthem were sacred; however, it is not being thought of as such since life changed.

Hon Fraser added, “You have moved on and I want you to keep moving on, there are other things on the horizon that you should be interested in. There are things that you should be interested in, and things that you should be looking forward to, and things that you are responsible for making a reality.

“Things like reparations, things like independence. Those are the kind of things that you are responsible for,” he added, 

The Opposition Leader told students that in the next 20-50 years from now, such topics will be the responsibility of the next generations to keep it going, “The older class, 6th grader, may not reach that level, but they need to keep it going so that you can pick it up and take it to the next level,” he added.

Hon Fraser said should the challenge be successful, in the future when the people of the VI sing the national anthem, it would sound a lot different.

VI must teach children to seek reparations - Hon Fraser 

On August 1, 2022, during Emancipation observances in the VI, Hon Fraser in a social media post said even as the territory celebrated its various emancipation events, it will never be fully emancipated until Britain pays up reparations to the descendants of slaves.

He urged that the people of the VI must also teach their children that reparation is owed, “If we do [fight], even if it takes another 188 years we’ll get it... Let’s teach our kids to teach their kids that it is owed to us/them,” he added.

34 Responses to “Students tasked to make slavery reparations, VI independence a reality”

  • Hmm (15/09/2022, 11:51) Like (75) Dislike (11) Reply
    Frazer there are more pressing issues than talking nonsense to the kids. Do you have absolute proof that these kids and other families came on slave ships? Likewise, did all Jews suffer at the Holocaust? Instead, teach them about modern-day slavery which you know exit the drug trade. And that they must keep away from its usage and trafficking which only leads to destruction.
    • @hmm (15/09/2022, 13:50) Like (22) Dislike (20) Reply
      I was with you until you got into the drug trade. Modern day slavery is anyone making less than $15 an hour for any employer in the modern age.
      People turn to the drug trade, largely, to circumvent externalities which place them perpetually in the underclass.
      By the time these children are 18, a wage slave will be anyone on under $20, accounting for inflation.
    • Leave them alone (15/09/2022, 15:31) Like (29) Dislike (7) Reply
      This is pure racist propaganda being fed to innocent children. No context, no understanding of how the world worked back then. No concept that people of all colors enslave others.
      • @ Leave Them Alone (15/09/2022, 20:16) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
        Ok then.

        He and the rest need to go and read their Bible and understand that all in those times slavery existed regardless of race.
      • Idiot (16/09/2022, 08:15) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
        Slavery in some form has existed in many cultures as you say but the magnitude of and benefits received by European powers from the atlantic slave-trade is uncommon in history
    • Juba (15/09/2022, 15:38) Like (26) Dislike (5) Reply
      How bout them politicians pay reparations for the money he taken from we?
    • @hmmmm (16/09/2022, 04:50) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      All may not have suffered, but they got their reparations. Now look at them, they own damn near everything
  • mulato (15/09/2022, 12:05) Like (48) Dislike (8) Reply
    Poisoning children with this stupid ideology. good for him
  • jack (15/09/2022, 12:11) Like (21) Dislike (5) Reply
    Them chirren aint understand one sh*t he telling them
  • so wrong (15/09/2022, 12:42) Like (43) Dislike (6) Reply
    Just encouraging more hate, more division. There is a time and place for everything. Teaching these kids at this age I am not in agreement. I would be very pissed off if my child was apart of that. No I am not white . I just think there is a time and place for everything.
    • @so wrong (15/09/2022, 16:00) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
      You are so right. If I had a child in that number, two bad word I was sending for him and the school. I dont know if he's ok but he start gospel fest talking reparation contaminating the grounds now he up in the schools with the same garbage. I hope he know most of them children do not qualify of his idea of INDIGENOUS. Or DOVIS whatever the heck he calling it. I do not know who and he was on a ship together from Africa all I can say is FIX IT JESUS!
  • Really (15/09/2022, 12:44) Like (25) Dislike (10) Reply
    People wake up. Slavery did not end money keeps us in bondage making us slaves to the elites. Money runs the world without it you can't enough what the system has to offer. The elites is going to stripe you of everything but you all can't see it. These articles lately is a mockery to what is comin history repeats itself like the Spanish flu and experimental vaccine funded by the Rothschild, gates and all the devil elites bloodline. It called the great reset and what's funny the soon to be king has a book called the great reset that is out go read it and stop pressing the dislike button without understanding. Get some knowledge because know they are saying that it has someone else who the dutchess gave up for adoption which I saw coming because it's in the elites world script and if you research the people running this earth you will see it's not the Almighty Creator people at all. Stay blind the so called son had an interview and it's all distraction foe the dumb masses. The queen died and no one is mourning her just giving you all a soap opera. I am amazed how dumb people really are. Now the world health organization and cdc is saying that covid is down like it was in March 2020 so if it was down why did they lock us down and said it was a pandemic poor dumb people. Only idiots don't see what's going on. You put the Mark of the beast in you because of numbers of people you don't know died of a common cold which was corona virus which is in the encyclopedia of medicine in 1989 just do your research. These people offered strips, hoes, weed, a million dollars,food, a 20.00 dinner here,gas etc all in the name of a virus. Cancer does not deserve a fight like this, diabetes doesn't deserve a fight like this. I am just shock by the lack of knowledge from grown people. I pray for the kids. They are indoctrinating your kids to destruction. This world is run by a very evil entity. You leaving in hell its not just a saying. Understand the English language words aren't just words
  • No one's from here (15/09/2022, 12:47) Like (20) Dislike (6) Reply
    Racist C@NT
  • W*F (15/09/2022, 12:57) Like (41) Dislike (6) Reply
    why was this allowed??? I would be soo mad if my child was apart of this. This does more harm than good. Kids are to young to understand .. This will just bring about more hate and division. Someone please put Fraser on a leash! We will go independent when we have decent politicians that are for the people and not their pockets. Stop instilling you personal issues on these kids. Seriously !
  • jack (15/09/2022, 12:58) Like (7) Dislike (54) Reply
    Very good lesson Frazer keep the pressure on
  • BlackQEII (15/09/2022, 13:29) Like (38) Dislike (5) Reply
    Dude, go sit down; better yet, go sit in a barber's chair and fix up yourself and stopTalking pi$$ to the youths
  • Ex Teacher (15/09/2022, 13:35) Like (15) Dislike (31) Reply
    Slavery has always been discussed in school as part of the Social Studies curriculum. There's nothing wrong in mentioning reparations. Not sure the teachers will have enough knowledge about it to do that topic justice though. So a workshop will be needed. We have to be very sensitive when dealing with those topics as we have many different ethnicities in our classes and you don't want to open up students to being teased or bullied. Maybe for the older students who can do research that can be a good topic for their debate.
  • WEW (15/09/2022, 14:19) Like (22) Dislike (5) Reply
    So wrong. Fraser spewing his personal feelings on race to elementary school students. Who approved this ! ?
  • independent next in 30 years (15/09/2022, 14:22) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Keep him for the kids please and thanks.
  • Yawn... (15/09/2022, 15:00) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    The children are clearly bored or confused. Only about one of them seem to be actually looking at him. Lord help us.
    • To yawn (15/09/2022, 15:49) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
      Cause they probably just want to drink their Juice, eat a snack and enjoy their recess break
      • @to yawn (15/09/2022, 20:08) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
        They were probably expecting a magic show too cause he could pass for a clown with that hair style. It dont have a barber shop sea cows bay?
  • Principal (15/09/2022, 16:01) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    Why didn't you get someone who knows about development of children........instead of someone who's teaching them to be racist.
  • resident (15/09/2022, 16:07) Like (21) Dislike (6) Reply
    Stop teaching our kids to be victims, we can't blame slavery for our problems it was 200 plus years ago
  • hmmm (15/09/2022, 16:11) Like (34) Dislike (5) Reply
    The VI need to teach kids to become doctors and engineers and other high demand professionals. Right now, the Philippines is the the leading provider of nurses around the world. India provides the world with engineers. South Korea was able to lift their people out of poverty after the Korea war by getting them into manufacturing technology.

    Pick the top five countries that lifted themselves out of poverty and none of them embraced a victim mentality. Look at the history of all these countries and they all have a reason to be mad at some other countries for the savagery against their people.

    Black people need to learn how to put slavery to rest. We weren't the first group of people to be enslaved, we aren't even the last, as slavery is still going on in the world.

    If Virgin Islanders truly want to go independent and move from under England, the best chance of doing so would be to create a population of forward thinking, enlightened, innovative, hardworking people with a strong sense of pride, accountability and responsibility. Create a group of people who truly desire nothing from the UK. You can't negotiate if walking away with nothing isn't an option on the table.

    No one takes a petulant child seriously.

    I'm black and I think we need to stop all this boohooing. It's not productive and a lot of the mentality is rooted in lies. Black people sold other black people into slavery (and still do to this day). They did it because the concept of showing loyalty to people because of their skin didn't really exist until after the West African Slave Trade. To the Africans that stayed in Africa, they were just getting ride of their enemies and getting rich at the same time. Fast forward to the future and many Caribbean countries have a higher standard of living and longer life spans than their African counter parts, the descendants of the people who sold our ancestors. This is impart due to the knowledge and privilege of the west and benefitting from colonialism. Slavery was bad but it's taboo to acknowledge the good that came form it, good we wouldn't have been able to partake in if our ancestors had remained in Africa.

    If I had a child who had to sit through that lecture I'd be pissed as hell. Why not talk to college students or adults who can challenge you and ask questions? At this stage, it's just brainwashing.

    The irony is black victimhood is white supremacy. In order to believe that black people are victims to this day, despite all the advancement made in human rights, you would have to teach black children that they are less than or that their lives are worse than white people's and it's all because of something they had no control over. You would have disincentivize them from being creative or hopeful or imaginative or competitive. You would have to convince them to waste their limited time on Earth mourning a past they did not live when they could be building themselves up. They could be building the future.

    Some of the kids alive today may be alive in 2100. Why create a generation of children who could potentially be bawling over something that at that point will have had happened literally hundreds of years ago? Imagine our kids and grand kids, even great grand kids in 2134 complaining about slavery after all the travesties that has happened since then. It's ridiculous. We'd be the most backwards set of people by then. Is that what you want? For black people to spend a millennia complaining while the world passes us by? Because there are groups of people who still complain about things that happened hundreds of years ago. Look at their civilizations and see if that's what you want for your people. They stagnant and will remain so until they let things go.

    The world is inherently unfair but we all go to start somewhere. There are people who are rising up out of abject poverty and they have a dark past behind them and bright future ahead of them. They don't dwell on the past. The other day I was talking to a Portuguese friend about something that made me mad and he said this to me: Past waters don't move mills. What happened to our ancestors was tragic, but they fought and survived long enough for us to be here to have a better life. I can't think of any better way to show gratitude and embrace the strength passed on to us than by moving on and focusing on our future, not our past.
  • King Charles I (15/09/2022, 16:22) Like (6) Dislike (33) Reply
    Good Stuff Fraser. You are indeed the Liberator.
  • 3RD WHO (15/09/2022, 16:42) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
  • W*F (15/09/2022, 18:34) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    This man is a total disgrace and talks pure BS. How he remains a politricster is beyond me...?
  • disappointed (15/09/2022, 19:21) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Politicians should not bite the hands that feed them, whether directly or indirectly. .
  • I concur (15/09/2022, 20:18) Like (0) Dislike (11) Reply
    I agree. The children are the future. All the scared Negroes stand aside let the young minds push the issue.

    Slave owners got some form of reparations when slavery was abolished for loss of property

    Jews got their reparations for the Holocaust

    Japanese got their for the internment camps.

    Black people….. still loading
  • I concur (15/09/2022, 20:18) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    I agree. The children are the future. All the scared Negroes stand aside let the young minds push the issue.

    Slave owners got some form of reparations when slavery was abolished for loss of property

    Jews got their reparations for the Holocaust

    Japanese got their for the internment camps.

    Black people….. still loading

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