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The Liberia n Listener call on the Liberian government to continue to review Liberian symbols, a project began by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and especially attention must be given the Liberian flag. While the flag we use has important symbolic importance to our nation-state, the Republic, and its peoples, the Liberian flag in its current form and state which is complete replication of the American flag, pays no respects to the Africa of our heritage, its traditions, civilization and it’s peoples, and their aspirations—-this is indeed a sensitive issue that must claim the immediate attention of policymakers and especially President of our republic, George Manneh Weah.
While the United States of America, remains an important partner in our national development and sojourn, we cannot forget, the US has always reminded Liberia, that what matters most in its dealings with Liberia is its national interests, and this it has shown time and time again, a case in point would be our civil war—it took the blood, sweat, and deaths of Nigerian, Ghanian, Senegalese, Guinean, Sierra Leonean soldiers to end our conflict. the point is made to emphasize that we are Africans, we are not Americans or Europeans, therefore, it is important the flag of our nation represents our common African heritage and patrimony.
The Liberian Listener note that, President Ellen Johnson in her 12 years, paid LIP SERVICE to the most most important policy matters that had the potential to strengthen our political institutions and reconciling our peoples, but she chose not to, example: THE Truth and Reconciliation Commission, AND HER FIGHT CORRUPTION. She also set up a commission to review Liberian symbols that are western and lack any Africa characteristics: amongst them the flag—but nothing was done, and taxpayers monies wasted yet again on a commission that deliberated and produces no results. it is time this flag was changed or altered to reflect the African character and aspirations of ALL our peoples on the continent! The Liberian Listener therefore once called on the Liberian government to review this flag and the symbol as soon as possible.
It is a shame that a subjugated people who were denied their heritage and liberties and enslaved for over 200 years will keep the colors or symbols of their former masters! It doesn’t make any sense. This is not like the United States adopting the colors of Great Britain after their revolutionary war, which culminated in their independence in 1776, these are European cousins! Why must free people who bought and won their freedom after many centuries of enslavement still want to carry the colors of their slave masters, what nonsense is that?!! The Liberian Listener is appalled by this apparent insensitivity and pussyfooting in changing this imperialist and colonial symbol, that reminds so many of the hurt caused us Africans, yet in our own and we will still hoist this flag against the agonies and wretched pains of our sensibilities1 THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!!
The Liberian Listener understands and sympathizes with the argument is being made ad propounded that the reason the flag and symbols have not been properly review is because of the scourge of Ebola! But, The Liberian Listener wants to know, how long will we blame this one Ebola? It should basically take at least six months or less to have this project completed, it is time to cut this bureaucracy! Our flag cannot be a resemblance or replica of the imperialists that enslaved us, chained us, lynched us, which crimes are indescribable, yet as soon as we gained our independence 172 years ago, our first thought was to import the agonies which were left behind on those deep Southern plantations and the jim crow of its antecedent injustices! This is a travesty, and nothing short of a Stockholm syndrome. The Liberian Listener notes, until our nation corrects these apparent deficits and hurts and treat our peoples fairly, our country will continue to be demoted amongst the comity of nation, as it is today in its current state of no ending violence, a confusion that lacks identity and the many other plethoras of problems which currently bedeviled our country! HAPPY INDEPENDENCE, and “in union strong success is sure”!
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