• Sen. Allison DeGazon

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.

Virgin Islanders on St. Croix took to the streets on Tuesday Morning, calling for the termination of Mark Kragel--Deputy General Counsel for WAPA--after making disparaging comments about "Black Lives Matters." Residents also signed a petition to have Kragel fired.

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.

© Sen. Allison DeGazon 33rd Legislature 2020.

1108 King Street, HAmilton House

Christiansted Virgin Islands 00820  

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