These are the hurdles to
Historians say, the emergence of the nation in the 1800s was a clarion call for liberty, since the interplay of events leading to
There were high hopes that
The great Liberian patriot and academic Edward Wilmot Blyden who immigrated to
The Liberia that finally gained independence in 1847 was a nation still deeply planted in the American South, with plantation minded zealots not quite ready to lead the nation and understand what W. E. B. Dubose would called “…a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity,” at what was the sad state of governance in Liberia, through out the country's history.
The segregation instituted by the Liberian Republican Party (LRP) which began it all in 1848, gave rise to the dominant True Whig Party (TWP) of darker the skin group, of 1869. The TWP was founded to oppose the LRP (which was mainly composed of the lighter skin settlers), and to wrestle power away; it did and continued the same old segregation, and the abuse of power.
It is also known that beginning in 1980 as the TWP reign of error and terror ended; Samuel Doe came into the picture. His PRC-NDPL, mostly controlled by his henchmen began their horror and havoc persecuting almost everyone, including the various indigenous tribes, until he was kicked out of the
Even in 1919 when Liberia joined western nations ratifying the convention of the League of Nations, a brain child of President Woodrow Wilson, it wasn’t until 1946 that the Liberian state granted suffrage to its so-called indigenous peoples, ninety nine years after it became a sovereign state.
Liberia's first president J.J. Roberts
The opportunities to do right by Liberian leaders through out the nation's history as they governed, have always been wasted, simply put: The settlers’ Americo Liberians True Whig Party (TWP) domination of political power and class which lasted 133 years was followed by the misrule of the Samuel Doe indigenously led People’s Redemption Council (PRC) for ten years.
Fuel is added to the fire when Charles Taylor and his misnamed ‘people popular uprising’ was broached on Christmas Eve of 1989. His 15 years leadership of National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) and its warring cousins furthered Balkanized the country and ruined mayhem as were never seen in