November 5, 2004
Dear Mr. Editor,
I would like to commend Wonderr Freeman for writing the article, "On Behalf of the Book People" (The Perspective October 25, 2004). The author pointed out the flaw in the misguided suggestion that "book people" are to be blamed for Liberia's unsettling problems.
Even though there is hardly any evidence to substantiate this hollow claim (as the author aptly demonstrated), it nonetheless continues to be repeated as a matter-of-fact. But the "book people" should not be surprised. Those who disparaged the "book people" were unable to get an education; some did not have the opportunity, others were just lazybones. It is human that these non-"book people," frightened by the thought that they have to compete with the "book people" for the few good jobs, will attempt to diminish the value of education. This practice was widespread in the Samuel Doe and the Charles Taylor eras. It has intensified, sadly, at a time when Liberia needs the "book people" to clean up the mess that quasi educated presidents like Doe and Taylor left behind.
As one of the "book people," let me say that Wonderr Freeman did a remarkable job in defending us; the author earned the position of "gatekeeper" to the coveted room of the degree holders.
All the best,