Sen. Allison L. DeGazon’s statement regarding distasteful comments from WAPA official
The Virgin Islands of the United States, often referred to as a “melting pot”, is home to an eclectic and diverse community of persons from all walks of life. To sustain an atmosphere of cohesion and unification, a certain level of respect must be maintained for each and every race, ethnicity, religious group, and sexual orientation.
Our Territory is primarily home to a large “Afro -Caribbean” population, and hence, there is no room in our Virgin Islands Community for bigotry, racism, nor any hate speech or action of any kind.
As an Afro-Caribbean woman myself, I was appalled to read such distasteful and offensive commentary from the Deputy General Counsel of our locally owned Water and Power Authority. I believe the persons working for such institution should reflect the values and best interests of the community it serves, in this case, the people of the Virgin Islands.
I call the authority of WAPA to action and stand behind the cry of our community to have Mr. Mark Kragel’s connection to the institution terminated.
I remind the authority and our community of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s sentiments, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly”. Hence, the statements made by Mr. Kragel are unacceptable and should be treated as such.