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CRUCIAN PROTEST, AFRICAN STYLE

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Dear Source,
Recently I heard several people call in to local TV and radio programs to say that having teachers and school counselors dancing at the protest held on the west end of St. Croix was unprofessional.
It is unfortunate that these critics are not educated in how Africans protest. If you look at any televised demonstration coming from Africa, you will not see bull horns or signs. You will see drumming and dancing. The drums are known as "talking drums" and the dances hold messages of triumph. As a dance major (home for the winter break), I was proud to see someone smart enough to show our youth that there are artistic ways of expressing your feelings utilizing dance and music.
In fact, if the governor was so concerned about disrespect, he should have used his time during his televised address to apologize to the 71-year-old man his bodyguard beat up. That was a clear act of disrespect and a demonstration of violence to our youth. I hope when I return home for the summer, our government leaders will be role models and not greedy robbers.
Carol Smith
St. Croix

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