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'Virgin Islander topic' should not be used as tool of division- Skelton-Cline

- says VI can ill afford to have more division in the territory @ this time
‘Honestly Speaking’ radio talk show host, Claude O. Skelton-Cline says VI can ill afford to have more subjects like that of who is a Virgin Islander being used as tools of division. Photo: VINO/File
Former legislator and cultural icon Ms Eileene L. Parsons, OBE stated that a Virgin Islander is someone who must be able to trace their lineage back three generations on both sides, a comment which has since sparked outrage. Photo: VINO/File
Former legislator and cultural icon Ms Eileene L. Parsons, OBE stated that a Virgin Islander is someone who must be able to trace their lineage back three generations on both sides, a comment which has since sparked outrage. Photo: VINO/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- ‘Honestly Speaking’ radio talk show host Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline says the Virgin Islands (VI) can ill afford to have more subjects like that of who is a Virgin Islander being used as tools of division.

Speaking on the July 5, 2022, edition of his radio show on ZBVI 780 AM, Mr Skelton-Cline said the topic of who is a Virgin islander remains a sensitive subject, however, everyone has an opinion.

Everyone has right to an opinion - Skelton-Cline 

“Every individual has a right to share their opinion, their thoughts, their conclusion even as they understand it, on any subject matter,” Skelton-Cline said in reference to comments shared by former legislator Eileene L. Parsons, OBE.

“And we should always do it in respectful ways and respect those we don't have to agree. We don't even have to be disagreeable. In a maturing and growing democracy, it's important that the myriad and varied voices are heard.”

The clergyman added that in the VI, it is important that persons understand certain subject matters and topics in their current context and certainly in the geopolitical construct where the issue of immigration and who belongs to the VI are of ultimate importance. 

“We should not be afraid to approach this subject. What I want to caution us, though we must be sober in our thinking, we must understand who we were as a people, who we have become as a people and in what way the tapestry, the fabric, the multiplicity of threats that have formed that fabric, forms that tapestry in building and developing and maturing, and will in fact continue to take these Virgin Islands pushing forward.”

Former legislator and cultural icon Ms Eileene L. Parsons, OBE stated that a Virgin Islander is someone who must be able to trace their lineage back three generations on both sides, a comment which has since sparked outrage.

Immigration reform needed - Skelton-Cline 

However, Skelton-Cline said the topic again highlights the need for immigration reform in the VI and a clear strategy forward.

“I think here is where again, the need for the Immigration Act to reflect where we have come, where we are, but more importantly to clearly lay out the strategy going forward for the categories of persons who will take residence in this country.”

He said the VI should not use such subjects as tools of division, as the territory can ill afford that right now.

“We can strongly agree we can passionately and strongly, hopefully, offer our opinions on any subject matter. That's who we are as a democracy, and that's the underpinnings of such a democracy,” he added.

“I must defend your right to be wrong, even if I think your opinion is wrong and or right. You must defend my right to speak without fear, intimidation or trepidation,” he added.

29 Responses to “'Virgin Islander topic' should not be used as tool of division- Skelton-Cline”

  • BOTTOM LINE (07/07/2022, 11:16) Like (12) Dislike (19) Reply
    The BVI belongs to the full breed virginislanders
    • mad max (07/07/2022, 11:49) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
      The equivalent of the Nazis?
    • malone (07/07/2022, 14:00) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply

      I never saw more foolish people in my life, look at how they do not even know themselves, fighting amoung themselves while the w*****s bleed this place.yall right.cuss oneanother and segregate.the w**** mans tool

    • Captain Kidd (07/07/2022, 15:44) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
      Hard to establish when lots of them dont know who their daddy is.
    • lol (07/07/2022, 23:02) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Full-breed? More like in-breed lmao
  • bvislaners are endangered spices (07/07/2022, 11:21) Like (19) Dislike (26) Reply
    If we had adhered to the policy where outsiders were only to spent 7 years here {at a time} and go back to their homeland to born their children {while on work permit| we would not have been in this predicament today
    • hmm! (07/07/2022, 12:40) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
      the same thing they should have done to them in St. Thomas and Puerto Rico. :)
      • son of the soil (07/07/2022, 15:37) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
        We got our kids in the usvi but registered them tola so why ayo cant do the same in ayo country?
        • Hey, son of soil (08/07/2022, 07:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          So, of what soil are your children? No doubt they’ll be thanking you for their lifelong obligation to file income tax forms under penalty of jail.
          As to Hmm’s comments: US laws presently say that you’re automatically a US citizen if you’re born in US Territories. Changes to that require an act of congress.
      • ,@,,,hmm (07/07/2022, 15:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Toluanscwere allowed to stay a maximum of 29 dsys at a time or else they came looking for you.
    • THE KOCK (07/07/2022, 14:35) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    • WHAT!!! (07/07/2022, 16:28) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      "bvislaners are endangered spices " your lack of intelligence is showing endangered SPICES really ???
    • @bvislanders are endangered spices (07/07/2022, 16:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are so right. Having kids with my cousin would have been more fun and we would not of gone to the US to have our own kids. We would have certainly been in a better predicament today.
    • @bvislander is an endangered species (07/07/2022, 16:44) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      A Virgin Islander is anyone who was born on these Islander before the arrival of Chtidtopher Columbus to these Islands. Those were Amerindians. Everyone else who arrived after is an expatriate.. That includes the white colonist and their African slaves. They should be repatriated to African to born their chikdren.
  • Rosie Smith (07/07/2022, 11:44) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    There is nothing called BVIslanders.
    History reveals we are all descendants of the slaves that were brought in from others plantations in the Caribbean to work here.
    • LOSER (07/07/2022, 12:28) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      And nothing called JamaicansTrinidadians,GuianesekittitianAntiguansHaitiansBarbadiansPuertoRicansPanamaniansCubansCostaRicansand soforth because my self esteem is the lowest of low and dipsfurther when my heritage of which I am ashamed is acknowledged.
    • down2earth (07/07/2022, 20:47) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
      @ Rosie Smith - Sorry your statement is incorrect. Enslaved were brought directly to the Virgin Islands. However, those that were troublesome were weeded out and taken to other islands of the Caribbean. Those that remained were easier to work with.
      This is a crucial time to know our history, so that we are never swayed by all forms of doctrine.

      A Virgin Islander to the Nth generation
      • Is That Right? (08/07/2022, 07:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Could down to earth please provide a single validated reference (academic text, peer reviewed article, etc.) that somehow the BVIs were a clearing house for slaves whereby only those not troublesome were kept here, and the others were shipped off? Since it is the BVIs, why would the British have chosen here to do that? Other islands (eg Barbados) are closer to Africa, and have more in the way of food and water. Plus they had much bigger needs for slaves than here. So, please, share your source(s)
  • facts of life (07/07/2022, 12:29) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    U can’t stop change and u can’t stop progress. With each generation the old BVI will be a thing of the past. Change is INEVITABLE.
    • Fungi (07/07/2022, 12:59) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      Change is inevitable but your beginning,your heritage ,your core remains unchanged.
  • WEW (07/07/2022, 13:10) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    They're talking like a belonger has AKC cetification
  • Umm Hmm (07/07/2022, 14:04) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    I was home last November/December. Ayo let strangers take over the place. Looking at me like I was the stranger. Ayo better get ya sh!t together fast; if it ain't too late already.
  • Wayne DEAD (07/07/2022, 14:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sir Talks A LOT I hope you have your reports together to prove value for dollar. Ni99a need shut his trap and start scheming something up. Mr. DEAD say so.
  • Truth Sayer (07/07/2022, 15:46) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    It seems that BVIslanders now have to seek permission from others to speak in their own country. Mrs. Parsons spoke frankly as a BVIslander and defended her heritage and she was chastised for defending her beloved country. For far too long others have been trying to change things in BVI to suit them. No where in the world can a BVIslander do something like that. We have been very good to our Caribbean neighbours and others for many many years. We have done so even sacrificing the long standing relationship we have enjoyed with our neighboring US Virgin Islands. The US considered us the stepping stone for the people from the Caribbean Islands who would enter the US Ilillegally through BVI. Thank God for HL Stoutt who fought and laboured on behalf of us -BVIsladmnders - through his counterpart leaders in the USVI. The US Federal Government was insisting that BVIslanders should get visas to enter into USVI. HL Stoutt along with the leaders of USVI lobbied vigorously with the US Govt on BVI's behalf and were successful. We need to maintain our heritage and culture which is important to our identity as a people. It is okay to welcome others to our shores to live among us but they should not over run us and should respect our right to defend our country and our heritage. In some Caribbean countries, leaders have said outright that their jobs belong to their citizens and that they could not do what BVI does in that regard. In some Caribbean countries, there is no automatic citizenship for someone marrying one of their citizens. The negative and very rude comments about Mrs. Parsons' opinion on the definition of a Virgin Islander was out order.
  • josiah'sbay (07/07/2022, 18:52) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a nonsensical argument because the Constitution spells out who and how you can become a Belonger. To receive that status we go to the relevant authority not Ms. Parson.
  • U,ALL FIGHTING IT (07/07/2022, 21:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • ALL YO FIGHTING IT (07/07/2022, 21:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Dear Public… (07/07/2022, 23:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    It has been 2 months , Since Shaquoy A Smith was murdered in a hit and run .Please if you know something say something .. you can call in anonymously at 368-5682 or RVIPF Intelligence at 368-9339.
    Pleading on this BVILOVE , we speak about daily.
    God Bless.
    Remember he could’ve been your Uncle ,Son , Nephew etc.
  • DA (11/07/2022, 19:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Having an opinion was cancelled..didn't you get the memo.Kalinagos should be given all of the Caribbean back from the white and black devil's????????????

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