The Divide Between: “Americo/Congo” And “Country-Indigenous” Liberians


By Bai M. Gbala, Sr.
Contributor

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia
March 20, 2017

                  



 
 
 
 
Charles Brumskine & Charles Taylor

Indeed, there had been, and is, rigid reality of a Divide – Socio-cultural, Ethnic-indigenous - between Liberians. It is the core of Liberia’s socio-economic and political under-development since 1847. No level of academic and intellectual verbal rationalizations can wish away this reality.

This effort and approach demand un-doing the foundations of the structures createdsocio-economic, cultural, legal, fundamental systems of public administration, service delivery, modern development planning, financial management & reporting, etc., with “guts” and the “political will” to produce pre-determined, desirable results.

This submerged but simmering national contest exploded to the surface, recently, during an internal Unity Party debate concerning President Sirleaf’s alleged support of Americo-Liberian, Cllr. Brunskine of the Liberty Party, especially given facts that in accordance with Education, life-style, attire (until lately, after the April, 1980 Event), mannerism, deportment and body language convey the reality that Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was, and is, socio-culturally European-German, American, Americo-Liberian, while she is bio-physically indigenous African-Liberian.

One of our critical problems, apparently, is that although all of us“Americo-Congo” and “Country-indigenous” Liberians - suffered the deadly impact of this unfortunate reality, particularly, the April, 1980 Event and the historic nightmare of the December, 1989 Invasion, but there are those of us – Liberians – who promote and defend the continuation of this deadly DIVIDE, unmindful of the facts that we have come a long, long way with inter-marriages, business unions and, even, cultural acceptance with ethnic diversity.

Today, it will be, and is difficult to find a Liberian (age 30 down, and they are in the majority of the nation’s population) among the informed and educated, with the awesome responsibility for the future of our country, who is 100% “country-indigenous” or “Americo-Congo”.  Therefore, is it not reasonable, but also, in obedience to the process of “human historical change” for progress, democratic liberalism and move forward in peace and unity?

At this critical period in time, our country stands in need of leaders-teachers, period, who are dedicated, loyal, patriotic, progressive, liberal with national pride, irrespective of or without consideration of “Americo-Congo” or “Country-Indigenous”, not followers of continuously shifting of alliances for economic gain.

Finally, ours is a small country of less than 4 million people, sparsely distributed in an area of 43,000 square miles with more land than people. It is, also, endowed with more, in relative terms, natural resources than its size requires.

2 0 1 7 is our excellent opportunity for constructive Change from doing the same thing for a century with disastrous

sylvester Gbayahforh moses
Thank you, big brother Bai, for this laconic, yet emphatic, statement: “At this critical period in time, our country stands in need of leaders-teachers, period, who are dedicated, loyal, patriotic, progressive, liberal with national pride, irrespective of or without consideration of ‘Americo - Congo’ or ‘Country-Indigenous’, not followers of continuously shifting of alliances for economic games”.

It is a position capable of binding ties stronger than kinship, or ethnicity; ties of belongingness to one shared space, empowered by equal opportunities to remake that space for the betterment of all, and together to protect it against foes from within and without. Indeed, when the vast majority (citizens, aliens) become shareholders in the prosperity of a nation, no one need beg them to defend that which they’ve vested interest in. Naturally, because they own a piece of the pie, they wouldn’t allow corruption to go unreported, or evil doers to destroy it – no more, a la “leave the people thing”.

And that has been our consistent message: there is no better security protection for a nation than that provided by satisfied residents under responsive, responsible, ethical, and accountable political leadership. May God grant Liberia such leaders this year to deflect the seemingly gathering storms of chaos.
sylvester Gbayahforh moses at 03:52PM, 2017/03/21.
Andrew Worth
A couple of days ago, in frustration at some peoples enthusiasm to throw around the word "congua" as an accusation of elitism, I said: "I'm starting to think the word Congua is code for middle and upper class."

Thinking about it some more and I think that's exactly what it is, though I'd make it "urban middle and upper class."

I think we need to recognize that the real divide these days is actually between those who make a comfortable living in jobs that are largely based around the wealth flowing from the Government (wealth that to a large extent arrived in the form of aid) and those who are not so blessed - ie the other 95% of Liberia's population.

This situation HAS TO CHANGE, rural Liberia, its people and its resources, has been neglected for too long and if Liberia AGAIN fails to get a Government that recognizes the importance of the majority of the population, their skills and resources, the country will continue to languish in poverty, and having 95% of the population effectively disenfranchised is a very unstable situation to be in, eventually if not rectified this disparity will lead to more conflict.
Andrew Worth at 12:10AM, 2017/03/22.

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