The story of Liberia is nothing short of fascinating.
Certainly the entire land mass commonly known as Africa is tremendously rich; figuratively and literally, but Liberia's story, for the observant, provides a wealth of insight into the mechanics of the system of racism/white supremacy.
Disclaimer: I do not presume to be a scholar of Liberian history. I only share here my observations and a few opinions based on the available data.
Liberia is one of only two (yes two!) land areas in the entire landmass of Africa that did not come under direct European colonial rule.
This point should not be missed.
Restated: In practical terms, just 100 years ago over 90% of the landmass of Africa was directly controlled by European powers...ALL of Africa except for Liberia and Ethiopia.
Maybe a picture will help.
Every blue, pink, purple, green, and yellow shade on the map represents a "different" colonial power...pretty much the entire map. This is the outcome of the "gentleman's agreement" known as the Berlin Conference aka The Scramble for Africa aka The Conquest of Africa..
Noteworthy are that the colors represent colonial ownership by Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. Absent is latecomer U.S./America.
Liberia is that small greyish spot on the Western coast. Notice Ethiopia is to the East.
The relevance being that with 90+% of the landmass of Africa under the control of European colonization, there remained only slim pickings from the African pie.
Enter the American Colonization Society (ACS).
Destination: The Pepper Coast (now known as Liberia)
With the "noble" aims to "assist" the non-white population of the United States (both free and formerly enslaved) with returning to Africa, the ACS was formed.
"Noble" given that the ACS supporters and founders consisted of a motley crew of then current and former slaveholders/traders as well as "philanthropic" abolitionist- types. To say the aims and objectives of the ACS were a bit schizophrenic is an understatement.
Further, it would not be a mis-characterization to state that to the extent that a Racist had anything to do with the ACS it is in fact the true though illegitimate parent of present-day Liberia.
According to compensatory counter-racist logic as long as the system of White Supremacy(Racism) exists, ALL of the Non-White people of the known universe are the illegitimate children of the Racists.
Liberia, (its origin, its history, its contemporary status) is but a solitary example.
(to be continued)
Eric Spann (copyright 2014)