Dual citizenship: choose this day who you will serve, America or Liberia

Published: 4/Apr/2015
Source: GNN Liberia

About a decade ago, some well-placed Liberians called for the repeal of the section of the Liberian constitution that prohibits people of non-negro descent to become citizens of Liberia. These Liberians attempted to assuage the fearof citizens that white people, including people with non-negro ancestry who may havethe economic power, would buy off the land and natural resources and leave the original people high and dry. They argued that good laws dealing with land and property ownership would mitigate any foreseeable problem. The issue, up to this day, is considered too hot to touch, and too sensitive to contest. The debate has since probably died the natural death.

And with the law remaining in force, Liberiais doubtless the only country on the face of the earth that institutionalizes discrimination on the basis of skin color. The irony is Liberia championed the cause of ridding South Africa of racial discrimination starting back in the 60’s through the 90’s.

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