Better off racist? Ex-associate justice defends ‘negro’ clause

Published: 19/Feb/2015
Source: Front Page Africa

Monrovia – The Head of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) and retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia Cllr. Gladys K. Johnson has defended the “Negro Clause” in the Liberian constitution, which forbids white people from gaining citizenship in Liberia.

Giving her personal opinion Wednesday on several provisions of the Liberian constitution at a public interactive forum organized by the Liberia Media for Democratic Initiative, former Associate Justice Johnson dissected Article 27b of the Liberian Constitution which addresses the controversial citizenship issue. Former Associate Justice Johnson agreed that only people of Negro decent should be citizens and noted that any attempt to open up citizenship widely would render most Liberians as third class citizens.

Continued Justice Johnson: “I am only saying that before you jump up and say that let’s remove this whole clause and open up, you must know how to open up, because if you open up too wide in this your own country, you will become third class citizens. So if we are accused of being racist, let’s accept it, than to be made foreigners or nonentities in our own country”.

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Themes: Dual Nationality
Regions: West Africa, Liberia
Year: 2015