Once a Liberian, Always a Liberian? Fact versus fiction

Published: 13/Aug/2004
Source: The Perspective (Atlanta, Georgia)

By Theodore T. Hodge

In a recent piece posted by one Charles Alake Williams, the theme was the birthrights of Liberians. The question posed was, “Why are Liberians being forced to give up their birthrights when they become citizens of another country?”

I do not intend to delve into the rest of Mr. Williams’ opinions and observations, it is appropriate, however, to correct a false assumption: Liberians are not being “forced to give up their birthrights”. Instead, it is fair to note that Liberians, who become citizens of the United States for example, do clearly and knowingly give up their entitlement to Liberian citizenship voluntarily. I raise this issue because I’m convinced that in participating in this ongoing conversation about Liberia and Liberians, we do owe a sacred duty to present actual facts, not rhetoric and personal opinions embellished as facts.

Read further: http://www.theperspective.org/2004/aug/oncealiberian.html

Themes: Dual Nationality
Regions: Liberia
Year: 2004