We know why they have been ignored.
Same reason why Puerto Rico has been ignored.
The complexion of the majority on the island.
It really IS that simple.
US Virgin Islands: What about us?
By Mitch Miller
September 14, 2018
WASHINGTON — It can take years to recover from a major hurricane, and the U.S. Virgin Islands were struck by two Category 5 hurricanes last year, some of the most powerful storms to ever sweep through the Caribbean.
So why don’t we hear about how those tiny tropical islands are recovering?
That’s what Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-V. I.) wants to know. The lawmaker, the islands’ delegate to Congress, says it’s time to give the islands some attention.
“We are still [awaiting] a visit, from President Trump. He never visited the Virgin Islands,” she said Friday at a U.S. Capitol news conference where she spoke with other Democratic lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Plaskett added that she’s also disappointed in the lack of media coverage of recovery efforts on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix.
“You all quite often get very distracted by the shiny tweet that the president puts out,” she said, noting there are still residents who don’t have roofs on their homes, nearly a year after Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma swept across the islands.
The island of St. John was one of those hit hard.
“This is the only place in the United States that has been hit by two Category 5 hurricanes — ever — within a 10-day span. And we don’t hear about us in the news. Are we not Americans? Do we not serve in the military? Do we not do the things that all Americans do?” she said.