Liberia: White Citizenship: To Be Or Not To Be

Published: 25/Apr/2018
Source: Liberian Observer

Editor’s Note: The following article was originally published 36 years ago, in the April 21, 1982 edition of the Daily Observer. Thanks to Theophilus J. W. Browne for resurrecting this article as a tribute to the author, whose arguments provide much needed insight on how far the debate for and against White Citizenship in Liberia has come.

By Walter Y. Wisner

One of the fundamental issues dominating the constitutional hearing throughout the country by illiterate and literate citizens has been, and continues to be, whether or not a white man should be granted Liberian citizenship under the new constitution of the Republic of Liberia.

Various interest groups have expressed different opinions on this issue, apparently due to its racial nature. Against this background, some of these interest groups have approached this issue from a partisan point of view, while others approach is simply for respect of international conventions to which Liberia is a signatory.

Despite differences in views and opinions, fundamentally, excerpts from all views and opinions seem chauvinistically nationalistic: how to save our country from foreign encroachment or domination.

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Themes: Discrimination, Ethnic/Racial/Religious
Regions: Liberia
Year: 2018