The Writer (in Florida) obviously does not understand Real Estate. ST John is a US Possession. This means it belongs to the United States Government. It does not belong to Blacks or Whites or Asians or Latino's. Perhaps if the writers ancestors would have paid the Danish government $25 million dollars in 1917 then it would have been Her families. However that did not Happen.
Does the writer own property in Florida. How can that be in this white racist enclave.It must be that US Law protects the rights equally for everyone everywhere in the United States. That is why people buy property under the American Flag. The only flag which absolutely guarantees everyone's rights.
There is no discrimination in the VI . If you have the money and it is for sale , you can buy it. St John, site of some of the most expensive real estate has benefited the population for many years.
All those who held land sold for a very high profit. And it continues at a furious pace.Just check with any local Realtor.
No different than New York City, Where Harlem is being gentrified at an alarming pace causing the local population to have to move out. Is this racism, NO it's economics. When you have something of value and people seek it , you can charge whatever you like. If St Johnians or St Thomians or Crucians sold out to soon is that racism, or is it opportunism?
Stop Crying and buy land. Anywhere you can afford it wait for the values to go up and you will prosper( Economics 101 )
Last but not least. when people do not show up at a meeting , it is not because they are not concerned , it is because the are uncomfortable. If the rapist turns out to be white , then there will be a condemnation of all whites. Yet it was only one person. When the native population does not want to be typified by the actions of its membership, that's understandable. Yet if you read the crime statistics the crimes by the native population far outnumber the crimes committed by non natives. Yet how quickly the local population is ready to condemn.
So lets grow up. If a crime happened ,lets focus on finding the perpetrator . If you are unhappy about the land situation buy some. Gather the family together pool your monies and buy.
Listen up, St John ,St Thomas , St Croix. If you want to guarantee your future , buy in .I am a broker I know.
Ivan P. Minarik