“We all have our feelings about the plates and the whole Centennial issue,” said Mr. Nelson. “There’s been confusion because as much as we’re celebrating one hundred years under American rule, we’re doing most of our celebrating with Denmark. Where’s America’s input in our celebration?”

"We have some strong feelings about this that we have not discussed as Virgin Islanders, until then, we’re going to stay in this cycle of spiraling downwards because we have yet to empower ourselves.”

We’re not talking to America. I feel there’s been no transfer of power. There was a transfer of ownership; and until Virgin Islanders rise up and empower themselves into what really should have happened in 1917 when a free people were sold without any input, that’s the discussion we really need to be having if we’re really serious and conscious about what happened.

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