By Jerry Wehtee Wion
|Sen Prince Johnson, VP Boakai and Clr. Gongloe|
Politics is local, interest-based, race-based and ethnicity-based. If not, why do the Gios and Manos in Nimba County always vote for Senator Prince Johnson; the poor for George Weah and his CDC; and why do we say that Grand Bassa is expected to go to Charles Brumskine; Lofa will go to VP Joe Boakai; and Bong may go to Weah-Taylor or to Cummings-Sulunteh if Sulunteh is VP to Cummings, etc?
The same reason Congua were afraid and denied the native majority to right to vote and to form their own political parties from 1847 to 1980. Because natives will largely vote for native candidates. And some critics of mind who profess to be "educated" have not figured this out but are now talking "no more CONGUA-NATIVE divide." I wish it was true, but the complete opposite and you can deny it all you want.
Out of more than 20 presidential candidates, non of the half dozen Congua candidates is willing to be VP under a native, but it is okay for native politicians to abandon their own and rush to the Congua to be VP? You have Charles Brumskine, Benoni Urey, Alex Cummings, Mills Jones, and the other lesser known Congua all begging natives to be VP under them but they cannot be VP to natives. Why, and they are a minority?
The same reason blacks in South Africa will always vote in the majority for black candidates over whites. The same reason blacks voted 90 percent for Barack Obama. The same interest-based reasons blacks in America vote largely for Democrats. It is derived from common sense and from historical experiences.
The reason it has not caught on in Liberia is due largely to illiteracy on the part of natives, the same reason Congua neglected to provide quality education to all Liberians from the beginning of our nationhood. But natives are gradually beginning to get the message despite the outcry of Congua to downplay the constant marginalization of native/tribal Liberians. And this is my mission and you Congua better start getting ready to adjust and accept ultimate reality of your role as minority and natives as majority.
This is Political Science 101 that the Congua never taught at the University of Liberia especially under the ruthless dictator William VS Tubman. The same reason Tubman relocated Cuttington College from Maryland County to Bong County to keep in check and an eagle's eye on nationalists he termed "agitatir/radicals."
So yes, we remember how the Grebo warrior Nettie Sieh Brownell was stripped naked and paraded in the streets and sent to jail. We know how Henry Boima Fahnbulleh Sr, Tuan Wreh, Horace, D. Tweh, Juah Nimley was starved to death, Jackson F. Doe was passed over for the VP slot and it went to Congua James E. Greene; or the slaughters of natives Sam Dokie, Moses Duopoe, Enoch Dokoleah, Jackdon F. Doe, the great journalist/genius Tarty Teh, Gabriel Kpolleh. HB Jr, and Dr. Togba Nah Tipoteh. Or still, even progressive Congua nationalists who had to pay dearly for wanting to change Liberia to an all-inclusive society--the likes of David Coleman, Wilmot Blyden, Albert Porte, Gabriel Baccus Matthews and others.
And this too is our sad history and you Congua want us natives to believe it doesn't matter anymore and we natives should continue to serve you on bended knees despite our numbers: 95 percent of the population as compared to your Congua 5 percent?
And you are going to call me a tribalist? It is all I am, all I have known, all I have been and will forever be. Bring it on because we are grooming a new generation of young thinkers at our colleges. The likes of Martin Kollie, Vandakark Patrick's, young militants Mulbah Morlu, Jonathan Koijee and in the ever-present revolutionary SUP (Student Unification Party) at the University of Liberia. No more turning back. We are marching forward until final victory.