Psychological Impact From Direct UK Rule Will Affect Future Generations - Crabbe

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By Sonje Greenidge, Journalist

Updated 9:59 AM AST, Mon May 02, 2022

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Amberly Crabbe
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(PLTM) - While it is important to consider the economic and political impact produced by the imposition of direct rule, Amberly Crabbe one of the panellists supporting the “No Suspension of Our Constitution” movement is of the view that the psychological impact must also be considered.

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Crabbe, in an exclusive interview with BVI Platinum News discussed the possible psychological implications.

“With the direct rule decision by the U.K, we are going to lose our sense of identity. One of the greatest challenges I find that we have been experiencing as Black people is still trying to deal with the fallout of slavery. Going back to the British during this modern time, we will be struggling with the issue of having something only recently and not having it anymore,” Crabbe stated.

She also mentioned that the people of the Virgin Islands will have to contend with their freedoms being curtailed in various areas of their lives in spanning economic, political and recreational activities.

When discussing the psychological impact on future generations from direct rule, Crabbe noted that, “for the children, their psychological problem will come when they grow up and have to deal with kids of their own.

“And for us adults, it will almost be like we are our ancestors over again and the children will be us. So, we will be creating generations of people who don’t have a sense of identity, and who don’t have a sense of belongingness,” Crabbe stated.

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She continued by stating that some persons are still having difficulties with knowing and valuing themselves as a people, and explained that the mental and psychological ramifications will be compounded by the suspension of the democratic process, which she argued is an additional reason for opposing a Governor-led government.

On Sunday, May 1, scores of residents attended a panel discussion under the theme “No Suspension of Our Constitution” at the Althea Scatliffe Primary School.

The event which also streamed online focused on the potential economic fallout, and the political regression that will result from direct rule by the British.

Persons expressed concerns about the majority of the Virgin Islanders who are employed in the public service will be made redundant if the Governor is to be solely responsible for directing the political affairs in the Virgin Islands.

The persons in the audience unanimously opposed the recommendation outlined in the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) Report to partially suspend the constitution for a minimum of two years. The general sentiment was that this would represent a backward move away from self-governance, and toward British colonialism.

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''Migoman''
The psychological impact from Fahie and his cronies are also affecting me and my following generation. (im taking lots of s&&t out on my kids)
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'Artful Dodger'
What utter nonsense. This isn't a life sentence (like some might receive). The 4+ years of the high school sitting wrecked and empty is a greater psychological affront and insult to the youth of the nation than two years of the mother country coming in and cleaning up the cesspit that local government has become.
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Rubber Duck
It will teach them that crime and corruption is not the way. What kind of example to youth is the present administration led by a *****.
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Licker And Sticker
These types traffic in fear. I want a content rationale for decisions that affect me. We need new elections. NDP and VIP and any other cronies who were jostling foe their attention need not apply. That would make me start to feel a little more at ease. Them they would have to do their job
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African Descendent
Back then African were captured and sold by other Africans to the Arabs and Europeans. And today, many of the African descendants are stealing from and killing each other. So who is really responsible for our messed up identity? This HOA and government must not be allowed to continue. The criminal investigations must not be buried. And yes, I am a descendent of African slaves.
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Road Runner
@ African Descendent. Well said my friend. It is refreshing to hear intelligent people telling it how it is.
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Jah Jah
Damn shame! This take is an **** embarrassment.
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Go Sid Down
The psychological effect is a premier calling great god of the universe and still believe in w****t Future generations would want to know who is the real true God Future generations would want to know if leaders can facilitate the cocaine passage and still lead Future generations would want to know if it is ok to be crooked and still lead Future generations would want to know if money laundering is good to be involve in and still lead ‘mmmm Go sit down
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Out Of Order
Wow some of you really silly and funny; so you don’t think drugs and guns affecting the present image the future? You all just afraid of losing a u position and income but nothing about the fact.
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Not Andrew Foy
This is the stupidest thing ever. This woman was not a slave, her parents were not slaves, her parents parents were probably not slaves. Have had generations to fix things and nothing has come from it besides thieves running the government. The UK is not wanting to take over. They want nothing to do with this mess but what are they supposed to do? Stay back and watch this place implode? 2 years is nothing. It will take a few months the to find people to run for control, a few months to campaign and then a vote. 2 years is nothing trying to set this shut sh*t show straight.
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Downisland
Our identity as Black people? What about non-black BVIslanders? Funny how these people who bang on about colonialism and their historical sufferings are the biggest racists in the BVI. (Actually, having to put up with this BS for 30 years is not funny at all.)
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Daughter Of The Soil
I voting for Amberly, she got the heart of the dear departed Mrs. Luna Crabbe
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Foriegn
Ms Crabb go sit down and choose your battle. With so much corruption in the place, who is setting an example for these generations and the generations to come eh? I am in full favor for the UK to take over and clean up the damn place. See how many of the young men get gun down because of drugs. When the leader of the Territory is not setting no example for these generation bringing shame and embarrassment to the whole Caribbean what do you all expect? Talking about slavery? The way you all treating down Island people ( as you all call them) isn't that slavery behaviour? It sickens me the way we treat each other, our very own skin color so badly but anything to do with **** people you all jumping on slavery.
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BohicaCanada
I think the impact of the elected leader of the BVI being ****planning to transship drugs and launder money would be the real damage done. Reading the complaint is traumatic enough. Looking back at things that have happened in the past with this knowledge is heartbreaking. How willingly blind we have been.
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Rubber Duck
No more rat pack.
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Vi Lander
Blatant disrespect for laws, corruption to cure... That wouldn't have an effect on future generations. I guess it's ok to thief
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down2earth
It is my opinion that the only psychological and spiritual impact this may have on many of us Virgin Islanders is to question whether the one and only true God that many of us serve and the god that some pray to then proceed to calculate, is the same. Given what we know from COI and the recent happenings, standing against suspension of the Constitution indicates that you are standing with corruption? Choose this day!
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down2earth
It is my opinion that the only psychological and spiritual impact this may have on many of us Virgin Islanders is to question whether the one and only true God that many of us serve and the god that some pray to then proceed to calculate, is the same. Given what we know from COI and the recent happenings, standing against suspension of the Constitution indicates that you are standing with corruption? Choose this day!
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Redshoes
Reality hitting you hard you got to deal with it miss crabbe your island is corrupt it need cleanse good for you all
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Thoughtful Sailor
What about the psychological impact of being part of an acknowledgedly corrupt system, and refusing to try something better? In two years, the BVI will be building something to be truly proud of, something that people will truly identify with. Onwards.
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Guest
The psychological impact can’t be any worse than the years we honest BVIslanders hand to endure at the hands of local governments so please with the scare tactics excuse train you driving……..,
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Choops
Bunch a sulfur gas. Half of y’all don’t want the uk in cuz half of y’all going jail. To the many local employers deducting from people salaries and not paying taxes or social security I hope y’all shaking in y’all boots. Y’all friends won’t be in power to turn a blind eye anymore. Tax fraud meh say
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Andy The Anchor
Leading by example I can show the little children how use of the port can personally earn me $7,800,000 a load ,if they can sell at $36000 a kg in New York thus math , economics and geography taught in one simple lesson.
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BS
What identity being lost? Woow sometimes I wonder why our mentality remains in past, since we are a more modern and civilized society. Therefore our history and tertiary education thought us nothing?!!!. The entire government body is not to be trusted as far I am concern. They need to take a break and see who is competent enough to govern the BVI.
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Common Sense
Slavery ended circa 200 years ago, stop using it as a crutch and get a life. As for being proud of your heritage, the COI report says everything about where your heritage has bought you, bad roads, still pumping raw sewage into the sea, open burning of garbage, third world education and healthcare, do I need to go on. The despicable part of this is you have had billions of dollars of income over the last couple of decades with nothing whatsoever to show for it. WHERE DID IT ALL GO
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Yessss!
I wish I could like this a million times! Thank you!!
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Really What Identity.
Lady don't get me vex. What identity, educate me. You use us dollars. Drive left hand drive cars on the left side of the road. Watch American TV. Go to the us to birth your children your work force is primarily imported labor. All is left to do is allow outsiders to run the country it is only fair.
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