Ms Parsons, during a panel discussion at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College in Paraquita Bay, Tortola, on Virgin Islands Day, July 4, 2022, indicated that her personal opinion is that a Virgin Islander should be able to trace his or her heritage for three generations on both sides.
Her comments immediately sparked conversations on the topic and angered several persons who believe the opinion has desecrated their right at being called a Virgin Islander.
Cindy Rosan, while speaking as a telephone guest on the Tuesday, July 5, 2022, edition of the International Morning Braff Show with host Floyd Burnett aka 'Heritage' on Tola Radio, said Ms Parsons does not get to have a personal opinion like that.
“I know everybody wants to say that’s her personal opinion, but Ms Parsons doesn’t get to get a personal opinion like that. She was a legislator, she is still a public figure, she is still influential in the territory,” Rosan added.
“She doesn’t get to make a personal opinion like that, especially since she sat in our House [of Assembly] for three terms and compounded this issue, she’s a part of this problem,” Rosan underscored.
She said while everyone has a right to a personal opinion, there are some personal opinions that shouldn’t see the light of day.
Meanwhile, social commentator Julio S. Henry aka 'Sam' has accused the former legislator, Parsons, of being out of touch with the Virgin Islands.
“She's out of touch, she's out of sync with what we are saying and what we are feeling, how we are feeling, so when she makes comments, she makes comments in a certain circle,” he said.
Mr Henry, who plans to have a talk show on ZBVI radio, said it is important for him to be able to talk to the older generation on different issues.
“We are not able to talk to her and reason with her because you know, again, she's not listening to Tola [radio], so I need to go on ZBVI to be able to talk to people like her,” he added.