By Sankara Kamara …..
The West African state of Liberia bears an observable paradox in African history. Although the country was not formally colonized in an imperialistic European manner, indigenous Liberians endured 133 years of semi-colonial rule imposed by descendants of slaves.
The descendants of slaves who asphyxiated Liberia for 133 years are known as “Americo-Liberians.” In Sierra Leonean historical parlance, the descendants of slaves who almost enslaved indigenous Liberians are equivalent to Creoles.
Despite constituting only ONE percent of the population, descendants of slaves excluded INDIGENOUS people from governance, practically turning Liberia into an officially semi-colonized entity. The Liberian PRESIDENCY, top-ranking civil service positions and CABINET ministries were, in most cases, outrightly RESERVED for Americo-Liberians.
The Creoles of Liberia HATED INDIGENOUS people, and they did nothing to hide the hatred.
The descendants of slaves who railed against injustice in the United States suddenly became slave-masters in Liberia, forcing INDIGENOUS people to live as second-class citizens in their God-given country.
The first President of Liberia, Joseph Jenkins Roberts and EIGHT other BIGOTED presidents, were all born in the United States. This provocative state of affairs continued until April 12th 1980, when a SON OF THE SOIL, Master-Sergeant Samuel Kayon Doe, OVERTHREW the Americo-Liberian oligarchy.
On that day, April 12th 1980, Samuel Doe and a group of non-commissioned officers eliminated President William Tolbert and set up a military junta, known as the “People’s Redemption Council,” PRC. This piece is in remembrance of April 12th 1980, the day Samuel Kayon Doe overthrew Liberia’s BLACK colonizers from their Apartheid-like throne.
As ugly as it sounds, this segment of Liberian history should be made known to the country’s youngsters. Each one, teach one.
Copyright :Sankara Kamara