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PRESS RELEASE_Transfer Day 2011. CINH President & CARIDA Chairman Moorhead Note About Transfer 3.31.11

PRESS RELEASE_Transfer Day 2011. CINH President & CARIDA Chairman Moorhead Note About Transfer 3.31.11

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Facebook Note commemorating the history Transfer Day 2011 Even held in Copenhagen, Denmark, written by Shelley Moorhead, President of the Virgin Islands nonprofit organization: Caribbean Institute for a New Humanity, Inc. and CARIDA (the NGO-non-governmental organization of the Danish movement for USVI reconciliation).
Facebook Note commemorating the history Transfer Day 2011 Even held in Copenhagen, Denmark, written by Shelley Moorhead, President of the Virgin Islands nonprofit organization: Caribbean Institute for a New Humanity, Inc. and CARIDA (the NGO-non-governmental organization of the Danish movement for USVI reconciliation).

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FROM DENMARK TO THE USVI: THE TRUTH ABOUT TRANSFERby Shelley MoorheadThursday, March 31, 2011 at 1:24pmNote: Published on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/notes/shelley-moorhead/from-denmark-to-the-usvi-the-truth-about-transfer/10150135341827172 As a Virgin Islander, I am happy to be participating in the first commemoration of “TransferDay” to be held here in Denmark. On Thursday March 31st, 2011, Danes and U.S. VirginIslanders alike will for the first time ever commemorate in Denmark the anniversary of thesale of the Danish West Indies to the United States of America. Taking place at 17:00 in theAsiatic Square at the Foreign Ministry, this year will mark 94 years since the sale, but it willan opportunity for the organizers of “Transfer Day”, the newly established NGO Carida, toset a very important precedent here in Denmark.I am further happy to have been chosen to serve as Carida's inaugural chairman. Carida is anon-governmental organization representing the Danish Movement for U.S. Virgin IslandsReconciliation. Through various initiatives, Carida advocates public awareness of as well asgovernmental and corporate accountability for the 250 years of Danish colonial rule, andits effects upon Virgin Islanders. Carida focuses on education and awareness, arts andentertainment, and cultural exchange, while promoting the right to self-determination andthe advancement of slavery-era repair.“Transfer” in Mr. Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language isdefined as; 1) to convey or remove from one place, person, etc., to another; 2) to cause topass from one person to another; 3) Law. To make over the possession or control of. If Virgin Islanders were “transferred”... but weren’t they already…free? ...Then what was July3rd, 1848 all about? I’m confused! Were African Virgin Islanders Danish? Wait,conceptually there were no “Virgin Islanders” in 1917… but they were African… weren’t they… or were they Danish… citizens? Huh? Help!Did a diplomatic team show up in the Danish West Indies prior to 1916 and hold meetingswith the local “inhabitants” and decide it was in their best interest to be sold to the UnitedStates? I am honestly just curious. I don’t recall historically the moment of consultation.This African people, those who from 1673 to 1848 were ripped from lands, languages,cultures, traditions, families, occupations, institutions of learning, dietary habits, standardsof health, God and spirituality; this people who were transported across the Atlantic Oceanto the Danish West Indies through the horror of the middle passage and forced to endurethe remainder of their lives as chattel, governed by the 19 statutes of the 1733 GardelinCode and bound to the brutality of harsh plantation and estate labor – with noaccompanying wages; this once enslaved African who over the years saw more than100,000 friends, family, and/or cargo-mates perish during the dreadful journey across theAtlantic Ocean; this people who with their first recorded expression of self-determinationin 1848 took the matter of their freedom from bondage into their own hands effectivelysecuring their emancipation... it was in the best interest - of who - to have this now freeAfrican in the Danish West Indies “transferred” to the United States?
 
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So, this people, who when consulted in 1916 (still not sure), just decades shy of theFireburn (1st October 1878) …this African-Danish people agreed that being sold – I mean –“transferred” to the United States would be in their better self-interest… Really?A United States of America where in the year 1917, “Negroes” in the U.S. were governed byracists laws and policies such as the Plessy vs. Fergusson decision? A United States of America where in 1917, the Negroe suffered daily under the Jim Crow segregation laws of the South? In the year 1917 Negroes in America were deemed 3/5 of a white man by theU.S. Constitution. In 1917, there had been no Brown vs. the Board of Education, schools,communities, and the workplace were still segregated. And, without a Rev. Dr. MartinLuther King, Jr. having been born, I find it hard to accept that any independently thinking,self-determined, ex-slave, free, African people outside the continental U.S. could have beenconvinced by any party in 1917 to at-large be sold to a United States where the basic civilliberties of blacks were denied and especially when the Civil Rights Movement of the 50’sand 60’s and the resultant laws had yet to be even conceived.There isn’t a man, or magician for that matter, on earth, nor a god in heaven above that could have, or would have, convinced this people - for no good, self-serving reason - tobecome an unincorporated territory and possession of the United States of America. Wouldthis people have willingly agreed to be subjected to an existence under U.S. Naval rulewhere they would be unable to realize their civil liberties for decades to come? Would theyhave agreed to accept a political status (or the lack thereof) that would offer no self-determination, no self-identity at the United Nations, no representation in the U.S.Congress, and no vote or say in the election for the U.S. President (their ultimatesovereign)… and go along with having to serve, fight, and die on the battlefields and in thewars of a new colonial master?Virgin Islanders got a bad deal... but Virgin Islanders never made a deal!So what now? Today, un-repaired by the sale of the Danish West Indies in 1917 to theUnited States of America, African Virgin Islanders are yet to recover from the cultural,sociopolitical and socioeconomic underdevelopment imposed by the eras of Danish slaveryand colonization. The treaty between the U.S. and Denmark governing the cession of theDanish West Indies distinguishes between “citizens” as Danes and “inhabitants” as Africandescendants and demonstrates no consultation with the latter. This neglect of theAfrican/ex-slave population's inalienable right to self-determination during the transfer of the islands remains an international human rights violation of the worst sort. With theinstitution of slavery ending in the Danish colony in 1848 and in the United States in 1863,how then are the sale, purchase, and/or cession of more than 100,000 “free” peoplejustified generations later? Which nation is responsible for repair? Who must bear theinevitable burden of decolonization? These questions and many other long-lastinghandicaps predominate and today impede the growth, development, and sustainability of Virgin Islands society.What obligation does the present owe the past? Who or what decides the nature of repairfor past wrongs? When historical knowledge, the obligation to remember, and the

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*EVENT SUMMARY (More Info. Translation, Part I): To promote reconciliation among citizens in Denmark and former Danish West Indies, it is our desire to commemorate Transfer Day in Denmark!
Link to Archived Facebook Event commemorating the Inaugural Transfer Day event held in Copenhagen, Denmark 31 March 2011: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid...
*Link to Archived Transfer Day 2011 Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid.... Event Summary (More Info. Section -translated-): *EVENT SUMMARY: To promote reconciliation among citizens in Denmark and former Danish West Indies, it is our desire to commemorate Transfer Day in Denmark! Transfer Day marks the date 31 March of 1917 when Denmark surrendered control of

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