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African Americans in the USVI

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I was thrilled to find this site several months ago, but ultimately decided the USVI was not for me. I still check in ever once in awhile just to see what's happening. But a question struck me this morning, are there very many African Americans there? Just curious.

Posted : October 6, 2008 2:36 pm
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Very strange question to ask about an island in the Caribbean which is predominantly black. Now if you mean from the US, the answer is yes as well.

Posted : October 6, 2008 3:19 pm
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The correct term is "Afro-Caribbean" The VI is about 85% black. If you're asking about Black Americans, there are a few.

Posted : October 6, 2008 3:28 pm
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I'm a black american and I own a place in St. Croix. Absolutely love it and have met many others who have retired there.

Posted : October 6, 2008 3:32 pm
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I am African-American and have been reminded on more than one occasion that the persons of African-Descent on St. Thomas are Afro-Caribbeans NOT African-Americans. Our history is different, as is our culture.

If you have any specific questions concerning my experience as an AA on STT, feel free to PM me.

Posted : October 6, 2008 4:11 pm
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Sometimes Afro-Caribbeans are referred to as West Indians, although I don't know if the terms are equivalent.

Posted : October 7, 2008 3:44 am
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@Onika hello I'm in the VI having trouble finding a space are you in St Thomas I could really use your help ASAP

Posted : January 27, 2024 5:32 pm
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@Onika I am born and bread from St Croix, I am 100% African American. When I enlisted in the army, it was the US army not the Carribean army. My passport is a US passport not a Carribean passport. There may be differences in some cultural routines from being raises in St. C as oppose to NY, but there are also cultural differences between growing up in Mississippi and Boston. I am 100% African American who was raised in the VI as oppose to Chicago, Dallas, Philly or NYC

Posted : January 27, 2024 11:16 pm
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@stcmike I am thinking of moving to the island it would be great to pick your brain on some things if you dont mind


Posted : January 30, 2024 8:58 pm
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@jewelygirl I am thinking of moving down there. I was curious to know if there are any places that are in need of repair on the island to either purchase or rent


Posted : January 30, 2024 9:01 pm
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@nicholas-plummer there are always fix it uppers and hurricane pads. But, prices here have gone up considerably over the past few years.

Posted : February 2, 2024 11:20 am
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@nicholas-plummer  Sorry for the late response, I don't check this site as much as I used to and I've been off island so that makes things a little easier. This is something I told someone in the past who was thinking about moving here a few years ago. Do not buy before you move here, take some time rent an apartment so that gives you time to look around to see which part of the town that is compatible with the lifestyle you want to live. When talking to a realtor remember they are looking for commission so everything isn't as rosy as they may try to portend.  Monitor the local newspaper website, virginislands daily news to get a handle of some of the issues that may be going on in the island and probably the most important thing is start listening to local radio talk shows such as WSTX 970 AM. They are on line, by listening to them you would really get the feeling of what's going on in the island and they would absolutely love for you to call them with any questions or concerns you may have. You will be flooded with answers and locals who would love to help you with your possible move to which ever island you choose to live. Remember take baby steps and do your homework before making the move and the more I think about it listening and calling the local talk stations may be the best advise.

Posted : February 6, 2024 11:33 am
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