When will being a part of the United States mean being able to vote for President?
Today marks the 97th Anniversary of Transfer Day, when Denmark transferred the islands of St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. Johns to the United States.
Nearly a century later, Virgin Islanders continue to wait for the transfer of full equality as Americans and citizens of the United States.
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For more on Transfer Day and what it should mean for equality in the Virgin Islands, Virgin Islands Senate President Shawn-Michael Malone provided a powerful perspective in a release today:
"Transfer Day offers us an opportunity to reflect on our political status, civil rights and our relationship with the United States," Senator Malone said. "The events of March 31, 1917 represented a defining moment in the history of the 20th Century. As we approach our centennial anniversary, it is my belief that March 31, 2017 should represent a defining moment in the history of the 21st Century."
Transfer Day, March 31, recalls the date that Denmark turned the Virgin Islands over to the United States and is a legal holiday.
The Senate President said that after 100 years as a United States Territory, it was more than past time for Virgin Islanders to be completely included into the American Family - with full votes in the Congress, a fair share in federal benefits and the presidential vote.
"If we are to be American, then we must be equally American - this is our right and must remain our objective as we approach this historical milestone," he said. "Second class citizenship is no longer good enough, and as we embrace our unique status, we can't lose sight of our need for self-determination and the protection of our civil rights. Our sons and daughters have fought bravely, shoulder to shoulder, with their comrades from across the nation to advance American national interest, yet our veterans can't get the same access to services and our Delegate can not vote on the very laws that govern us."
"Until Virgin Islanders are treated as equally American the transfer remains incomplete."