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U.S. museums should return Africa’s stolen art

In the 2nd century B.C., Greek historian Polybius warned mighty Rome and other powerful states against plundering cultural objects from the peoples that it conquered. He cautioned “those who take upon themselves to rule over others” that “they may not imagine that, when they pillage cities, the misfortunes of others are an honor to their own country.” Now, after global protests over white supremacy and the vestiges of slavery and colonialism, a number of museums have announced that they will repatriate items looted from Africa back to the continent. In April,…

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The flag of any nation is a symbol of pride and unity. A nation’s flag can also be a symbol of disunity. Liberia is such a country whose flag it has been argued in many quarters is misrepresent instead of uniting its people. The Liberian flag is a symbol of what I referred to as “misrepresentation”. By misrepresentation, I mean its so-called national colors – red, white and blue (horizontal stripes of red and white and a blue field with one star) are a copy of the American flag plagiarized by Susannah Lewis who thought she was Betsy Ross, who is credited with making the first American flag. This irritation represents only a segment of the Liberian society and excludes the rest. And as such, the symbol doesn’t arouse the united front of the Liberian citizenry like the American flag. Public Policy 

Calls to change the Liberian flag grows louder

    The Editor, In 1905 British imperialist and businessman Sir Harry Johnston visited Liberia, and in his 1906 report, he imputed that the Lone Star flag and its colors “has no reference whatever to the characteristics of the Liberian Republic”. He recommended the adoption of the flag below. The black would represent the dominant negro race in the country. The yellow would represent the African races which mingled anciently with the Caucasian – Mandingoes, and Fulas. The one white stripe would be the recognition that Liberia holds her existence to…

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