African Americans in Liberia

African Americans in Liberia

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silver shadow

Charleston, SC

#1 Sep 9, 2012
Many don't know that after the abolition of slavery a good number of African Americans decided to return to Africa where they set up a colony in Liberia. What they did there is horrific.

The Americo-Liberians believed that they had nothing in common with the indigenous people, even though their roots were traced back to Africa. They defined themselves as the elite or superior among the indigenous people. In their eyes, the indigenous people were alien, inhuman, and their “savagery” would be a
justifiable reason to take their land, resources, and label them as “second class citizens.”.. Americo-Liberian rule mirrored European rule over Africans during slavery. This would
become the first documentation of Black colonialism in which an elite Black group, Americo-Liberians, would have
dominion over a Black lower class, the indigenous. The ethnic conflict for more a century has been the cause of the current desolate state of the country. It has led to two civil wars and a destroyed infrastructure that is slowly starting to rebuild.

The following is a review of a sample of existing
works on the arrival of the former slaves on Liberian soil and how their arrival caused the ethnic conflict that lasted
for over 133 years.
Between 1822 and 1867, the American Colonization Society with support from the United States government
would transport 18, 858 former slaves to Liberia. According to Yekutiel Gershoni (1985), the purpose for the
resettlement of Blacks was to create an “asylum” where they could reach their full potential. The Blacks upon their
arrival would encounter four ethnic groups: Kru, Mande, Kissi, and Gola, who would challenge their presence on
their land. The former freed slaves would distinguish themselves from the indigenous by calling themselves
“Americo-Liberians” and would deem the indigenous inferior.
In D. Elwood Dunn’s article, Review: Liberia Reconsidered found in the Journal of Modern African Studies, he
states that the rule of the Americo-Liberians over the indigenous people would be defined as “Black Colonialism.” It
was synonymous to European rule over the Africans; in this case the Americo-Liberians oppressed the natives.
Claude A. Clegg’s article,“A Splendid Type of Colored American: Charles Young and the Reorganization of the
Liberian Frontier Force”(1996), documents rebellions, revolts, and protests by ethnic groups like the Kru and Grebo
which illustrate a struggle for the indigenous people to preserve their culture and gain rights that were forcefully
taken away. The Americo-Liberians, who Gabriel I. H. Williams (2002) states, made up 5% of the population,
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would become the elite, began their rule, and claim a status of “superiority” by first implementing principles and
ideals from the United States. Elements of American culture were infused in the system of government in which the
Americo-Liberians gained control. In his book, Liberian Politics: the portrait by African American diplomat J.
Milton Turner (2002), James Bernard Rosser posits that the practice of democracy as a political form of government
was contradictory because the indigenous people were not allowed to participate in it.
silver shadow

Charleston, SC

#2 Sep 9, 2012
Paul Rozario’s (2003) finding of the relationship between the Americo-Liberians and the indigenous people is similar to the race relations between Blacks and Whites in America. The Americo-Liberians did not consider themselves to be Africans and according to J. Woahtee (2004), they also did not consider the indigenous people as
their “fellow countrymen.” This caused a separation between both groups and created a class system. The Americo-Liberians at first did not extend any equal rights to the indigenous people and they were heavily taxed. Not only did
the government treat them indifferently, they were also forced to complete tasks that almost resembled slavery. The Americo-Liberians were afraid, like their predecessors, that if the indigenous people had more rights, their political
power would become depleted. The effects of slavery left an impact on how the Americo-Liberians treated the indigenous people. Teah Wulah (2005) makes a connection between the newly freed slaves and their masters; the
Americo-Liberians reciprocated the same mistreatment they experienced in America on the natives in Liberia. The former slaves wanted the indigenous to give up and get rid of their culture and accept the new way of life to which
they introduced them.

Level 1

Since: Sep 10

Virginia Beach, VA

#3 Sep 11, 2012
silver shadow wrote:
Paul Rozario’s (2003) finding of the relationship between the Americo-Liberians and the indigenous people is similar to the race relations between Blacks and Whites in America. The Americo-Liberians did not consider themselves to be Africans and according to J. Woahtee (2004), they also did not consider the indigenous people as
their “fellow countrymen.” This caused a separation between both groups and created a class system. The Americo-Liberians at first did not extend any equal rights to the indigenous people and they were heavily taxed. Not only did
the government treat them indifferently, they were also forced to complete tasks that almost resembled slavery. The Americo-Liberians were afraid, like their predecessors, that if the indigenous people had more rights, their political
power would become depleted. The effects of slavery left an impact on how the Americo-Liberians treated the indigenous people. Teah Wulah (2005) makes a connection between the newly freed slaves and their masters; the
Americo-Liberians reciprocated the same mistreatment they experienced in America on the natives in Liberia. The former slaves wanted the indigenous to give up and get rid of their culture and accept the new way of life to which
they introduced them.
You need to get a real education.This is nothing but propaganda by racist who do not want Western Blacks ever coming to Africa.You are trying to scare Africans against African Americans with lies about Americo Liberians.

Level 1

Since: Sep 10

Virginia Beach, VA

#4 Sep 11, 2012
silver shadow wrote:
Paul Rozario’s (2003) finding of the relationship between the Americo-Liberians and the indigenous people is similar to the race relations between Blacks and Whites in America. The Americo-Liberians did not consider themselves to be Africans and according to J. Woahtee (2004), they also did not consider the indigenous people as
their “fellow countrymen.” This caused a separation between both groups and created a class system. The Americo-Liberians at first did not extend any equal rights to the indigenous people and they were heavily taxed. Not only did
the government treat them indifferently, they were also forced to complete tasks that almost resembled slavery. The Americo-Liberians were afraid, like their predecessors, that if the indigenous people had more rights, their political
power would become depleted. The effects of slavery left an impact on how the Americo-Liberians treated the indigenous people. Teah Wulah (2005) makes a connection between the newly freed slaves and their masters; the
Americo-Liberians reciprocated the same mistreatment they experienced in America on the natives in Liberia. The former slaves wanted the indigenous to give up and get rid of their culture and accept the new way of life to which
they introduced them.
The fact that Americo liberian married the indigenous when Whites never married Blacks in the 19th century shows your argument is distorted.Also the settlers were fighting for their lives among people who were still slave raiding for a living to give Whites human slaves.So I have no apologizes for what my ancestors built in Liberia.Liberia was a peaceful rich country while most White Americans were poor and hungry.
jamal sweetstuff

United States

#5 Sep 11, 2012
Dwayne Makala wrote:
<quoted text>The fact that Americo liberian married the indigenous when Whites never married Blacks in the 19th century shows your argument is distorted.Also the settlers were fighting for their lives among people who were still slave raiding for a living to give Whites human slaves.So I have no apologizes for what my ancestors built in Liberia.Liberia was a peaceful rich country while most White Americans were poor and hungry.
You need to tell general butt naked about that peaceful rich part and maybe stop snacking on your nabors
Oh and send us poor straveing yanks a cupple of bucks for a change.. its called the sex guide to libiria .numbnuts everyone knows its a sht hole so save the crap

Child combatents what kind of beasts come up with that fcking savages
silver shadow

Charleston, SC

#6 Sep 20, 2012
Dwayne Makala wrote:
<quoted text>The fact that Americo liberian married the indigenous when Whites never married Blacks in the 19th century shows your argument is distorted.Also the settlers were fighting for their lives among people who were still slave raiding for a living to give Whites human slaves.So I have no apologizes for what my ancestors built in Liberia.Liberia was a peaceful rich country while most White Americans were poor and hungry.
It goes to show cruel you really are. You have no room to talk against Whites. I'm pretty sure Blacks would never have stopped slavery on their own.
John Frum him soon come

Charleston, SC

#7 Sep 25, 2012
jamal sweetstuff wrote:
<quoted text>
You need to tell general butt naked about that peaceful rich part and maybe stop snacking on your nabors
Oh and send us poor straveing yanks a cupple of bucks for a change.. its called the sex guide to libiria .numbnuts everyone knows its a sht hole so save the crap
Child combatents what kind of beasts come up with that fcking savages
His name is really is general butt naked! LoL!

Since: Oct 09

Location hidden

#8 Sep 25, 2012
Dwayne Makala wrote:
<quoted text>You need to get a real education.This is nothing but propaganda by racist who do not want Western Blacks ever coming to Africa.You are trying to scare Africans against African Americans with lies about Americo Liberians.
Then he or she has nothing to worry about because we are going!
John Frum him soon come

Charleston, SC

#9 Sep 25, 2012
sassyntrashy wrote:
<quoted text>Then he or she has nothing to worry about because we are going!
Google general butt naked. its no joke!

Since: Oct 09

Location hidden

#10 Sep 25, 2012
I meant we are not going any where near Africa.
ashanti king

Springfield, PA

#11 Sep 25, 2012
Dwayne Makala wrote:
<quoted text>You need to get a real education.This is nothing but propaganda by racist who do not want Western Blacks ever coming to Africa.You are trying to scare Africans against African Americans with lies about Americo Liberians.
That's is a lie but the truth. Those people were bunch of hypocrites. They destroy liberia
ashanti king

Springfield, PA

#12 Sep 25, 2012
sassyntrashy wrote:
<quoted text>Then he or she has nothing to worry about because we are going!
Who cares, if you come or stay in America to be treated as second class citizens.
ashanti king

Springfield, PA

#13 Sep 25, 2012
sassyntrashy wrote:
I meant we are not going any where near Africa.
Like I said we don't need you, we are doing fine without y'all. Y'all lives in America is not all that great anyway.
trey

Aurora, CO

#14 Oct 9, 2012
ya liberians are going to start a war with black americans if you still hear in america. ya batter leave go back to liberia we not thinking about liberia.
NativeWalker

Detroit, MI

#16 Dec 15, 2015
silver shadow wrote:
<quoted text>It goes to show cruel you really are. You have no room to talk against Whites. I'm pretty sure Blacks would never have stopped slavery on their own.
Ever heard of The Haiti Revolution? Or slave rebellions?

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