Here’s what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week.
On Thursday, April 25, the St. Thomas community was enjoying J'Ouvert when the celebration was shattered by gunshots which injured three people. Public safety officials immediately canceled the remainder of J'Ouvert.
Growing up in St. Croix and attending one of the private schools there I always sensed a bit of a racial tension from the continentals that are there. They tended to do their own thing away from the locals and it created a society where every one lived in harmony but did not mix. Certain spots were for locals, certain jobs for locals but the same time, locals were not a part of certain places, events, jobs and so forth. Now that I am older - I have realized that this same dynamic still exists but now the continentals are more friendly and intermingle more with locals on a social level (like when they drink). After being around many of these continentals I have noticed that they try to fit in as locals but yet they step back when the locals try to get too close. I find this ironic because on one hand they try to fit in as locals but on the other they only identify themselves as locals when it is convenient and shun off the real locals when it comes to hiring, teaching and really integrating into their lives. It is like they only want to be "Caribbean" when it suites them and they look down at us when they clan together. If us as the real locals had this same attitude (like we did when we came out with the song 'Kill the Rabbit') we are looked at as hostile people?! This does not add up!?