Walwyn Decries Nationality Discrimination

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August 06, 2018 11:54 am AST
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Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn has called for an end of discrimination based on nationality. The Minister, while speaking at the Emancipation Service that was held at the Sunday Morning Well on August 5, criticized persons who use place of birth for divisive purposes.

The Minister, who is no stranger to this form of prejudice, said that he pondered on the matter as he reflected on what emancipation means.

“It [emancipation] is a lot more than just talking, it is a lot more than just saying fancy words. It’s about living together as one. It’s about accepting your brother and your sister regardless of where he or she comes from, because we all landed on these islands coming out of Africa.”

“There is no difference between me and any of you. Some of us just happened to land on one island, some land elsewhere, but we came from the same greatness and people,” the Minister added.

In tying the discussion to emancipation, Hon. Walwyn said that residents need to shed the way of thinking that binds them.

“I reflect every year on what emancipation means to me. It means many different things to many different people. The physical chains are gone, but there are some reconsiderations that we must make with ourselves as a people.”

The Minister for Culture also identified areas that residents should try to improve, and said that adopting a spirit of unity should be the place to start.

“When we talk about emancipation, we must be happy for our brothers and our sisters. Let the times go when we try to pull each other down. When we can never say a good word about each other. Where rather than celebrating the success of our brother, we use that to say that we are not doing as well and so we pull him down.“

“We must all rise together...look for solutions and not for problems, look for ways to enhance something and not always find fault. This is all part of emancipation; and these are the things that I reflect upon and I hope that I can encourage you to do the very same thing,” he added.
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Hidden Agenda...
Are we accepted and living as one in the other Caribbean islands? Frankly speaking we will never be one! Maybe brought from one continent, but different people's.
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The Hooded Claw
The Virgin Island people are a loving and welcoming people. Maybe too loving in some instances. There are small groups of bitter people who perpetuate this anti-indigenous attitude but thank God the majority of citizen do not share their views. Reading these blogs can give an outsider the impression that Tortola is a mean and vindictive place I assure you that is not the case. The salty bloggers are amongst the minority. So my fellow Virgin Islanders cease and desist from making our country appear to be filled with bitter bigotted people when that is far from the truth.
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Proud Virgin Islander
Personally, it always sounds foolish when Caribbean people discriminate against each other based on nationality. There has been movement between these islands for economic purposes from time the pre-Columbus West African traders and then the European colonisers found the value of the Caribbean islands on a whole. If the average 'West Indian' actually sat down and traced their family tree you will be amazed to find how much island hopping went on in your 'blood line' before they were born on any specific island known to them as 'home'. So the discrimination is futile and pointless and at this stage Caribbean people need to be banding together because the outside world does not understand or respect us, our culture, our heritage, our potential that way that we do... From Belize to Bermuda go all the way around and south to Guyana and Suriname.
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#Youwillneverunderstand
When you are born in the VI and your parents raise you as if you are not a Virgin Islander don’t blame the VI, blame your parents for not making you a part of the society you where born into. Ted’s parents are from Nevis and Ted was born in the VI his parents raised him as a Virgin Islander he is one of us. You can ask him if his experience was yours - if you can’t decide where you are from how can we! You separate yourselves the Antigua Association, the Guyana Association the Vincentian Association etc. We accepted many of you and you have never accepted us. Many of You have nothing good to say about the VI although she has been sooooo good to many of you. Tell the truth!,,, It’s about accepting your brother and your sister regardless of where he or she comes from, because we all landed on these islands coming out of Africa.”
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Maria Louisa Varlack
What you fail to understand is that the Caribs, Arawaks, Tainos, Ciboney, Kalinago and the other Native American tribes and indigenous people were here in the Caribbean/The Americas. The European explorers and traders brought humans from Europe, Asia and Africa here to the New World. Now we all have to live together here in the New World. Therefore, you cannot give one group preferential treatment. You have to be fair to all Europeans, Asians, Africans and Americans.
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Lolol
Well said sir
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Tolian
All this political pandering makes me sick. Just look at the state of our country.
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I agree.
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Jake The Snake
This is the right message at the right time. We must be more accepting of our brothers, sisters and neighbours.
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Thoughful Sailor
And that must include those of non African descent. Otherwise, this is a truly racist position.
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BVI Pride
Please stop with your double standards minister......you the same one that went on record to say there will no longer be laws to protect locals.....stupes.......listen dont preach change if you can practice it. You born here people have a bigger issue with actual locals because your the ones with no sense of identity and have this urge to prove it. When we bleed we all bleed red. And when we die we all go to the ground. WE CAN NOT TAKE THESE WORLDLY ITEMS WITH US!!!! So please practice what you preach because we have no issue with you.....you have an issue with us
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Foot Soilder
Well my black brother well said. Emancipation is living freedom-freedom from discrimination whether it is geographical boundaries, religious views, political ideals, difference in ethnicity, we are one Virgin Island. When i look at the blogs and the way services are rendered in public places there is this deep underlying hatred for SOME local versus expatriates and some expatriates are adopting the same attitude. A country of christians and still we do not know what is CHRIST like living??? It take less stress and energy to love than hate. That is why some people look so old, evil and always like the weigh of the world on their head. Learn to love and embrace all and you would see how happy and easier you mind wolud be . Cancer is getting rampant and our negative thought is another one of the factors that contribute to stress.Live stress free Love Laugh and live --Get rid of our mental shackles. I endorse all that the Minister has said. Parents tech your children to love!!
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Guardian
Put a sox in it Walways. This celebration IA about freedom.
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