St. Croix Ignored and Forgotten After Hurricane Hits

St. Croix Carden Beach

Dear Source:

I am a proud U.S. Virgin Islander who lives abroad, born and raised on St. Croix. I find it utterly disgusting how the United States of America have failed to even mention what has happened to St. Croix after the storm last night.

St. Croix is made up of three islands that make up the U.S. Territories, but honestly it does not feel that way. St. Croix has always lagged behind St. Thomas, St. John and of course Puerto Rico. My question is why? St. Croix always seem to be in the doghouse or considered the black sheep. It saddens me to know that my island was not worth enough for the U.S. to mention on the stateside news that St. Croix was in bad shape.

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We have no idea what took place and what damage has been done to our Paradise. I experienced Hurricane Hugo/Marilyn as a kid and the same attitude/representation the U.S. had toward St. Croix is what I have seen these past few days. I have seen nothing on the news regarding what happened last night/into the early morning on St. Croix; they are families like myself who cannot get in touch with a relative(s) to know if they made it through that hell that occurred last night.

St. Croix is not a third world country and we Crucians deserve some damn respect. The same respect that St. Thomas, St. John and Puerto Rico get when they are in crisis.

Leslie Martin, formerly of St. Croix

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Good for you Leslie…tell it like it is! St. Croix’s devastation by Hurricane Maria is not substantial news like North Korea’s flying of rockets that provoke nasty egos.
    He (America) craves world’s attention, so taking care of his own (St. Croix) will not warrant that spotlight he yearns. That is child abandonment in its highest form. He will be procecuted!

  2. Maybe if the people in St Croix elected better officials that are not so corrupt, they would have a better infrastructure. Considering this is an island, its only a matter of time until another natural disaster happens. Why were there no supplies of generators, batteries, can food storage units, galvanized or steel light poles. There are a gang of police employed on island but they were barely even directing traffic!!

    Yes, Trump is a joke…we all know that, he could care less about poor people, ethnic people, and even less about a US territory that is already in debt.
    When I first moved there, I saw an article that Mapp had purchased 2 or 3 new bullet proof Cadillac SUVs and a new Cadillac for himself. Yet, before the hurricane, a smart thing to do would have been to use that money to pay workers to trim trees from around the power lines. Just a thought, but if you know you cant get help, you have to learn to help yourselves.

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