On the beautiful Caribbean tourist island of St. Croix, in the United States Virgin Islands,?
On the beautiful Caribbean tourist island of St. Croix, in the United States Virgin Islands, racial tension and racial violence is destroying the island's image as a carefree sand, sun and surf holiday centre.
In the past year 16 people have bene murdered on the island. And the fact that almost all those murdered have been white and all those so far convicted of the murders, black, has led most people on the island to attribute the killing to racial troubles.
Last month five black islanders were convicted of the shooting of sight people on a golf course -seven of them white.
Now few cruise ships call at St. Croix. Airlines give warnings before accepting bookings and the tourist industry, which has brought a mixture of prosperity and social problems, has been dealt a server blow.
Tourism has strained basic amenities and labour has had to be imported to fill necessary jobs. At the same time crime has increased and another import has been Black Power politics from America.
More than 40 U.S. Marxhalls have been sent to augment the island's 100-man police force.
The United States bought the islands form Denmark in 1917. The total population is 63,000 - almost entirely on the three main islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. Eighty per cent are non-European.