Independence message of Warrant Officer Ivan O’Neal,
BSc(Hons), MSc, MBA,
Leader of SVG Green Party
In the 41 years since independence from the United Kingdom, white racism has been a big problem for our country. In our present day, White racism has become our greatest enemy.
A big symbol of the white racism in SVG is the Mustique Act No 48 of 2002. The Mustique Act No 48 of 2002 gives blanket Tax and Customs Duty exemptions worth millions of dollars annually to the super-rich, white migrant millionaires and billionaires of Mustique. Yet, the black poor and powerless indigenous population of SVG must pay tax and customs duties.
This is outrageous as it perpetuates poverty and destitution of the indigenous black poor and powerless population.
The Mustique Act No 48 of 2002 is a very serious threat to the long-term ownership of the lands of our country, which should go to our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. As the SVG Treasury runs dry from lack of payment of tax and customs duty from White Migrants in Mustique and Canouan, the ULP Regime has been selling Crown Lands without a referendum of the people.
White racism has resulted in large swaths of our lands being sold off cheaply to super-rich white foreigners, whilst many poor black people have to live jam up in small areas. White racism has resulted in toxic legislation. White racism has resulted in white enclaves, designed to keep black people out unless they are serving the white man.
The White Migrants of Mustique have declared the sea around Mustique as totally illegal for local Fishermen to fish, although our local fishermen have been fishing in the sea around Mustique for hundreds of years.
Warrant Officer Ivan Bertie O’Neal, BSc (hons), MSc, MBA, Leader of SVG Green Party, very strongly contends that it is crucial that this outrageous and wicked Mustique Act No 48 OF 2002, which is in breach of Section 13 of SVG 1979 Constitution, is very urgently abolished.
The objective of white racism in SVG is to keep the super-rich, white foreigners rich and keep the black indigenous people poor. This is very, very wrong and is a modern form of economic and social apartheid.
We need laws in SVG that do not discriminate against the indigenous black poor and powerless population. We need social, political and economic empowerment of black communities and people, and must resist the abhorrence and hatred of white racism.
White racism is insipid, nasty, vile and oppressive. White racism in SVG must end now. If we fail to destroy white racism in SVG, then white racism will destroy us and the lives of our children for generations to come.
The NDP and ULP regimes have been happy to allow laws in favour of the super-rich of Mustique and Canouan and perpetuate white racism.
For true independence, a coalition Green government would end the White racism in SVG and abolish the discriminatory tax laws that punish our people. This would boost the economy, create thousands of new jobs, help SVG businesses to prosper and create the revenue needed to competently manage the socio-economic and financial affairs of our beloved country.
May God continue to bless SVG. Happy 41st anniversary.