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Monday, Jan 25, 2021

VINO responds to Governor’s statement over cartoon

VINO responds to Governor’s statement over cartoon

We find it curious and questionable that a Sitting Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert has the time to comment about a cartoon (free speech satire) that has already been explained and the matter closed.

Mr Jaspert claimed that the cartoon was “grossly offensive”; however, after the recent murder in the United States of George P. Floyd Jr and more recently Rayshard Brooks, he did not find the same time and courage to release a statement condemning the murder of blacks in the USA by racist police mobs.

We take it that the good Governor was also outraged, but did not get around to a public position via a statement!


Be consistent

It is not our role to judge Mr Jaspert or pronounce on his motive; however, we never heard a statement when young blacks were tased a few months ago by local police or even the result of the investigations, but the Governor found time to get into the conversation over a cartoon. Should we conclude that he cares about Black Lives Matter issues?

His alleged disrespect and unprofessional behaviour against some of our leaders may need a statement, but we will leave that to his good conscience.

I trust the Governor will use the time remaining in the Virgin Islands to help fight racism and all forms of discrimination in many private sector businesses and many industries, and truly let actions speak louder than words.

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