Minister for Education and Culture Myron Walwyn said he wants all Caribbean nationals to embrace each other without discrimination.
He expressed those sentiments at the annual emancipation service at the Sunday Morning Well in Road Town on August 5.
“It is not just about talking – it is a lot more than saying fancy words. It is about accepting your brother and your sister regardless of where he or she comes from because we all landed on different islands coming out from Africa,” he said.
The minister said whether in the BVI or elsewhere, Caribbean nationals should treat each other with kindness and respect.
“Let the time go when we try to pull each other down, where we can never say a good word about each other, where – rather than celebrating the success of our brother – we use it as a referendum to say we are not doing as well and so we pull him down. Let us all rise together. Let emancipation mean that to us,” he said.
“[We should] look for solutions not for problems,” he added.
Walwyn, in the meantime, is also calling for changes to the annual emancipation service programme.
He said persons who are not legislators should be given more time to speak during the programme.
“We want to hear about our history, the culture, where we came from as a people and where we can go. We don’t want when we wake up, in the news tomorrow, that a politician said this [and] a politician said that. This is not the time for it. So, moving forward, I’m asking publicly that we reduce that part of the programme and let our emancipation and the people who come to speak to us about emancipation shine through.”
“The politicians will have their time.”
The Virgin Islands Heritage Month Committee presented this year’s emancipation service.
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