VIRGIN ISLANDS: Behind the Fa

Tropical squalls of racial tension have twisted through the islands of the Caribbean with increasing frequency in recent years. But the wanton shooting of eight people, including four tourists from Florida, at a golf club earlier this month on St. Croix, largest of the three American Virgin Islands, seemed to portend something deeper. To assess the mood, TIME Correspondent Peter Range visited St. Thomas and St. Croix last week and sent this report:

THE license plates advertise AMERICAN PARADISE—VIRGIN ISLANDS. And so they still seem to be. Gleaming white cruise ships dock at...

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