Blojlu’s Journal March/April 1991
Before I learned how to fight back, I had been messed over by pretty much anybody who had any amount of self-confident in himself. I was easy to mess over because I thought that being a native, country, and tribal person in Liberia was such a burden that I was beneath almost everybody else, including other natives who became civilized before I went to school.
Now most of my readers are children of people who started the same time I did. This means that most Liberians were not born in the same place as their fathers and mothers those of us who were born all the way in the interior were visibly different from those we joined in places like Monrovia, Buchanan, Harper City, and Robertsport to go to school. But now most Liberians who are educated are recent college graduates, finished high school in the last 15 years, where born in or near a city, or were exposed to city life earlier than their parents.
So it takes only the most dedicated of young Liberians to appreciate the anger their fathers and mothers feel for all those things which were done to them by the settlers or Americo-Liberians in the name of superior culture and something called civilization.
On the other hand it is good that our children do not feel that they are in imminent danger of suffering the same degree of degradation that we suffered simply for being born Africans in Liberia; but on the other hand there is a fear that younger Liberians may take too much for granted and risk fallen prey of those who think they were born to rule.
Blojlu’s Alliance for Constitutional Knowledge (B.A.C.K.)
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Clinton, MD 20735
Note: Publication of Blojlu’s Journal started in the 1980s.
1991: From Siahyonkron Nyanseor’s Archive