How Many More Patriots Must Die Bearing Dreams Deferred?

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up 
like a raisin in the sun? 
Or fester like a sore– 
And then run? 
Does it stink like rotten meat? 
Or crust and sugar over– 
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags 
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?
– Langston Hughes, A Dream Deferred

Over the weekend, I read the Facebook posts of friends sharing the sad news of the passing of Mr. Arnold M. Golden.  Today, I read the article in the Source and began to consider: How many more patriots must die bearing dreams deferred?

It was interesting to see comments from Governor John deJongh.  For while the Governor praises Mr. Golden’s record in death, he refused to honor his efforts in life.  It’s funny how many find ways to praise you when you’re gone…

Yet, how many more patriots must die bearing dreams deferred?

As my friend, former Senator Violet Anne Golden said to the Source, “He told me to continue the fight.”  How many more Virgin Islanders must leave this life, to pass the torch to their children, never to see the promised land for themselves?  Is this not enough to motivate us to change our situation?

In my efforts to help the Fifth Constitutional Convention, I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Golden and experience – first hand – his hopes for the Territory.  I also know he passed that on to his daughter Anne.  I am sad for her loss…for their loss…for our loss.  May God give them strength to endure!  May God surround them with love at this time!

How many more patriots must die bearing dreams deferred?

Let us not lose all!  Rather let us give a gift to those who have fought so long!  Let us assure them, while living, that they will be able to see the promised land – that sustainable country promised us by God!

Are we not able to realize their dreams?  Is there no way to move forward?  How can we renew that hope?  How many more patriots must die bearing dreams deferred?

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