Another Haiti

Thomas Jackson, American Renaissance, March 21, 2014

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Former slaves try their hand at self rule.

James Ciment, Another America: The Story of Liberia and the Former Slaves Who Ruled It, Hill and Wang, 2013, 296 pp., $30.00.

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The modern era has seen many variations of black self rule. The earliest example is Ethiopia, which, aside from occupation by the Italians from 1936 to 1941, was never run by outsiders. The second began with the Haitian Revolution, the third was the founding of Liberia, and the 1960s saw most of black Africa achieve independence. Government by blacks of American cities such as Detroit and Newark is another form of black self-rule, as are the independent islands of the Caribbean.

The circumstances of these different efforts could not be more different; blacks have arrived at self-government by virtually every route imaginable. But the results are the same: poverty, corruption, violence.

Another America is a serviceable history of Liberia but it has a bad title. It should have been called Another Haiti. Liberia has had a few unusual turns in its history—its flirtation with Marcus Garvey’s back-to-Africa movement and a League of Nations investigation into allegations of slavery—but its history is a dreary confirmation of the nature of blacks.

What eventually became Liberia was established by the American Colonization Society (ACS), established in 1816 to solve America’s racial problem by sending blacks back to Africa. As Henry Clay said at the society’s inaugural meeting:

Can there be a nobler cause than that which, whilst it proposed to rid our country of a useless and pernicious, if not dangerous portion of its population, contemplates the spreading of the arts of civilized life, and the possible redemption from ignorance and barbarism of a benighted quarter of the globe?

Many great Americans were society members—James Madison, Andrew Jackson, Daniel Webster, James Monroe, Stephen Douglas, John Randolph, William Seward, Francis Scott Key, General Winfield Scott, John Marshall and Roger Taney—and no less a figure than Bushrod Washington, George’s nephew, was its figurehead president. Finding a home for blacks outside the United States could not have been a more respectable cause. The ACS managed to persuade Congress to give it $100,000, and raised money from private sources.

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James Madison’s membership certificate, issued in 1816.

The ACL was not the first to think of repatriation. In 1815, the black whaling merchant, Paul Cuffe, paid most of the costs to resettle 38 blacks in the British colony of Sierra Leone, established by Britain as a haven for blacks freed from the slave trade. Cuffe, who did not have enough money to finance a second voyage, considered cooperating with the ACS, but didn’t like its anti-black motivations.

The first ACL voyage left from New York in 1820. Of the 90 passengers who set sail on the Elizabeth, all had been born free, and therefore would have been from the high ranks of black society. Many were as eager to teach Christianity to benighted Africans as they were to manage their affairs free of whites.

The Elizabeth sailed to Sierra Leone, which the ACS thought would welcome the settlers. Instead, the British authorities packed them off to Sherbro island, an undeveloped malarial swamp 100 miles from the capital of Freetown and a hopeless backwater even today.

Sherbro Island airstrip today.

Sherbro Island airstrip today.

The ACS had assumed American blacks would be racially prepared for Africa and immune to fevers that killed white men, but they were wrong. About a quarter of the settlers died. Nor did the natives welcome back their prodigal sons; Africans stole everything they could.

There were three white agents of the ACS on board the Elizabeth who, the blacks were surprised to learn, had final authority. The agents did their best to help the blacks scratch out a settlement, but all three died of disease. The last one turned over authority to a mulatto whom the other blacks considered a white lackey, and the settlement collapsed into chaos. The British reluctantly let the survivors move back to better developed land near Freetown.

It was only after the second ACS voyage arrived in 1821 that the society’s representatives fully understood that Sierra Leone did not want American blacks. The ACS men sailed south to what was known as the Windward Coast and landed on Cape Mesurado, a bite of land that was to become Monrovia. In December 1821, they struck what they thought was a deal with a group of chiefs to exchange $300 worth of trade goods for title to the land.

In fact, the chiefs had no intention of turning over the land. They were smuggling slaves for a living, and knew that “the black white men,” as they called the settlers, would try to stop them. On Nov. 10, 1822, shortly after the colonists and a few white leaders had established themselves on Cape Mesurado, natives tried to wipe out the colony. The colonists managed to drive off the attack with canon fire, but the natives returned on Dec. 1 in even larger numbers. This was an even harder fought battle, and gave rise to one of the founding myths of Liberia. A pipe-smoking woman by the name of Matilda Newport is supposed to have touched off a canon at just the right moment, saving the colony. For more than 100 years, Liberia celebrated December 1 as Matilda Newport day, with reenactments of the slaughter of natives.

Matilda Newport monument in Liberia

Matilda Newport monument in Monrovia.

This was not the last time natives tried to wipe out the colony but it was the attack that came closest. Many Americo Liberians (ALs) as they came be called, despised the natives and the natives hated them. Intermittent warfare with them continued well into the 20th century. And despite the early evangelistic fervor of the settlers, very few natives took to Christianity.

Life was hard even without hostile natives. The ACS provided enough supplies with each voyage to maintain the newcomers for six months, but many spent most of that period that fighting disease. Some settlers had been farmers, but most were reluctant to try to grow crops in an unfamiliar climate. Many tried to make a living trading forest products from the interior, but had to compete with hostile chiefs who controlled the trade.

The colony was a graveyard. Of 2,887 blacks who emigrated between 1831 and 1843, 42 percent died of disease, war with the natives, or accidents. There was also much poverty. Many letters home to former masters were filled with pleas for gifts of food and other supplies. Some former slaves asked to be taken back into bondage.

Only a few thousand American blacks ever emigrated to Liberia. Between 1820 and 1833, 3,160 colonists arrived, of whom 1,700 were free, and 1,100 had been freed specifically for colonization. Later, the proportion of free and former slave reversed. From 1833 until independence from the ACS in 1847, only 200 free blacks but 1,500 manumitted slaves arrived. Fewer free blacks came because it had become impossible to conceal the truth about disease, violence, and hardship. The freed slaves were often unskilled and illiterate.

Very early, the colonists established the practice of taking “wards.” Natives would place a child in the household of an AL in the hope he would learn Western ways in return for domestic service. Some ALs treated their wards well, but others treated them as slaves.

In 1824, three years after the first settlement on Cape Mesurado, the ACS first started calling the colony Liberia. It called the town Monrovia, in honor of James Monroe, who played an important role in persuading Congress to vote the first $100,000 to resettlement.

The ACS kept firm control over the colony until 1841, when it declared it a semi-autonomous “commonwealth.” By then the society had been weakened by declining contributions and the propaganda of free blacks who tried to persuade freemen to stay in the United States rather than emigrate. The ACS granted Liberia full independence in 1847, and Britain immediately recognized the new country. The United States withheld recognition for 15 years. According to Another America, this was because recognition would have meant accepting an ambassador, and it would have been awkward to make a black ambassador eat in the kitchen.

The Liberian constitution made citizenship possible only for “persons of color,” and only citizens could own land. Only ALs could vote, however, and property qualifications restricted the franchise to about 10 percent. Natives were subject to Liberian law but were not citizens. If they learned English, shed their tribal customs, and dressed in Western clothes, they could be made citizens.

The first Liberian president, Joseph Jenkins Roberts was an octoroon so light-skinned that he could have passed for white. He was typical of the mulatto, free-born elite that ruled over the form slaves and fully black settlers. Some of the black ALs hated mulattos and thought they were traitors to their race and to the very idea of a return to Africa. One black even wrote to the ACS asking that it stop sending mulattos.

Joseph Jenkins Roberts

Joseph Jenkins Roberts

Many free American mulattos, who enjoyed the society of their own kind and kept blacks at a distance, refused even to consider emigrating because they could not conceive of having to deal with blacks ALs as equals. One mulatto slave, William Kellogg, told his master that he would rather remain a slave if going to Liberia meant falling “into the hands of my inferiors.” Some mulattos petitioned the ACS to establish a separate colony for them, free of dark-skinned blacks.

After Liberia was established as an independent country, it went through no fewer than four constitutional changes of administration; this may be a record for a black republic. In 1872, however, there was a disagreement about the legality of a constitutional amendment to extend the presidential term from two to four years. The incumbent, Edmund Royce, was a natural partisan of the amendment, but the two-years faction rioted, arrested Royce, tried him for treason, and condemned him to death. Royce broke out of jail but drowned trying to swim to a British ship off the coast.

Liberia shrank during the 1880s as Europeans were carving out empires in Africa. The ALs could not establish control of the territory they claimed, and lost one third of their coast and two thirds of their hinterland.

The country that was emerging was a perfect precursor to independent African nations of the 1960s: hopelessly corrupt and badly managed. In the back country, underpaid officials invented taxes to impose on natives and pocketed the proceeds. In the cities, practically no one paid taxes, and most government revenue came from import duties.

Liberia once more came to the attention of American blacks during the first half of the 1920s, when Marcus Garvey tried to make it the headquarters of his Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). As a pan-Africanist, Garvey thought Liberia was the perfect base for a movement that would draw millions of diaspora blacks to Africa, unite all black people, and drive the colonial powers from the continent. He planned to bring over only the best blacks. “We do not want all the Negroes in Africa,” he explained. “Some are no good here, and naturally will be no good there.”

The Liberians strung Garvey along for four years, encouraging him in the hope of getting some of his money, while assuring the British and French they would never let him agitate for black rule in their colonies. Nor was the Liberian regime eager to accept a large number of Americans who might establish an independent power base. Garvey never got it though his head that ALs were not pan-Africanists, and he drew up elaborate plans for the cities that a million returning American blacks would build in their new homeland. However, the agents Garvey sent to Liberia saw through the regime’s pose. UNIA men thought the ALs were degenerate, and considered going around them and appealing directly to the natives. Reports to this effect eventually got back to the Liberians, and in 1924 they banned the UNIA.

Marcus Garvey in a military uniform as the "Provisional President of Africa" during a parade for the annual Convention of the Negro Peoples of the World.

Marcus Garvey in a military uniform as the “Provisional President of Africa” during a parade for the annual Convention of the Negro Peoples of the World, 1922.

Not long after this, Liberia conducted what the Guinness Book of World Records calls the most fraudulent election in history. In 1927, incumbent Charles King crushed challenger Thomas Faulkner 235,000 votes to 9,000. This was a remarkable achievement, given that the republic had only 15,000 eligible voters.

The 1920s were also the time of the great slavery scandal. The Spanish were cultivating cocoa on the island of Fernando Po, about 1,200 miles east of Liberia, but could not get enough labor. All the men on the continent closer to the island were needed by colonial regimes for infrastructure projects and plantation work. Beginning around 1900, Liberia started supplying native workers, who were kept in pestilential barracks where many died. The government made a commission on every man shipped off to Fernando Po, and was not particular about how they were persuaded to go. Entrepreneurs would march into the bush and explain to a chief that if he did not furnish several hundred men they would burn his village.

Word got out, and in 1929, the US ambassador to Liberia denounced what he called a slave trade. In 1930, the League of Nations sent a team through the Liberian interior and concluded that there had certainly been forced labor recruitment, but that the practice did not meet the official definition of slavery. What the league found was so bad, however, that there were calls for Liberia to be put under European rule, but the ALs managed to fend off any practical changes.

As Another America notes, it was independent Liberia that set the precedent for the African “big man’s” distinctive governing style. A pioneer in the field was William Tubman, who became president in 1944 and ruled for 27 years. He rigged elections to stay in office until he died. He set up a brutal secret police force and a network of informers. He paved the highway as far as his country estate but no further. He made his birthday a national holiday and insisted on ever more grandiose celebrations. He was an inveterate womanizer. After he built a fancy, seaside executive mansion, Time Magazine reported that it “combines the comfort of a garish four-star hotel with the appearance of a department store the week before Christmas.”

Tubman was, however, very dark and proud of it. He helped downplay the importance of white blood in Liberian society, though AL family connections continued to be the key to any kind of success. In 1964, he even extended the—essentially useless—vote to the natives, who were 95 percent of the population, though only to property owners.

Tubman helped build the economy by encouraging foreign investment. There was criticism of the generous terms he offered, but booming rubber plantations and iron mines meant a huge increase in the economy. Tubman died in a London hospital in 1971 after a prostate operation. It was rumored that he had gone to have monkey gland implants, which were thought to pep up the sex drive.

The system came apart under Tubman’s successor. William Tolbert tried to reduce the distance between ALs and the natives by taking the oath of office in a safari suit rather than the traditional top hat and tails, and by curtailing official celebrations of Matilda Newport Day. He cut back on the secret police, disbanded the informant network, and allowed some criticism of the regime.

As so often happens, reform only whetted the appetite for more. Liberation and communist propaganda was circulating through the University of Monrovia, and bright young natives who had been sent for study abroad came back full of radical ideas. In 1979 there were serious riots over the price of rice, and in 1980, a coup ended 133 years of AL rule.

The details of what led to the coup are murky, but Tolbert, still in his pajamas, was shot dead in the presidential mansion. The next day, a Krahn tribesman and soldier, Master Sergeant Samuel Doe, went on the radio to declare a new era. Monrovians danced in the streets, and hunted light-skinned blacks and known ALs in a rampage of looting and rape. Doe’s soldiers dragged 13 members of Tolbert’s cabinet down to a Monrovia beach and shot them before a huge, roaring crowd. Many soldiers were staggering drunk. It took them half an hour to shoo away the crowds and clear the firing line, and then some missed their targets. ALs with money escaped overseas.

A crowd gathers to view the executed former cabinet members.

Execution of  former cabinet members.

Doe, of course, became the next big man. He moved into the executive mansion, proclaimed national celebrations of his birthday, and favored his fellow Krahn tribesmen. By 1990, he was as hated as Tolbert, and was deposed and killed by a warlord named Prince Johnson. Johnson’s men cut Doe into pieces, cooked and ate him. The coup was followed by six years of civil war and some of the vilest atrocities in recent history. The countryside was so devastated that natives streamed into Monrovia, where they lived in unspeakable conditions. The city’s population grew from 100,000 in 1980, at the time of the Doe coup, to 1,000,000.

Foreign intervention finally brought order, and since the election of Ellen Sirleaf—one quarter white, three-quarters native—there has been some stability. A different warlord, Charles Taylor, who ruled Liberia from 1997 to 2003, recently got a 50-year sentence from an international court for war crimes. Mr. Taylor has many known children, including Charen, Camille, Charlyne, Charal, Charmaine, Gritchawn, Charishma, Charmilah, and Charlize.

ALs have drifted back to Liberia and have reestablished themselves to some degree in the upper reaches of business and government. Although Matilda Newport Day is dead, the great seal of Liberia still depicts the Elizabeth and displays the motto: “The love of liberty brought us here.”

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Another America concludes that “freed slaves, given the chance to govern themselves, had turned out to be no better than the white imperialists who had descended upon Africa around the same time.” This is a slur on white imperialists. Blacks made a hash of Liberia, just as they have every country they have tried to govern.

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  • D.B. Cooper

    Read up people. The next time you get into a debate about whether or not blacks can run a first world society, you will be armed…with knowledge.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    The Liberian constitution made citizenship possible only for “persons of color,” and only citizens could own land.

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    Does anyone not see the glaring double standard here? Black nationalists can have their own country, but it’s “racist” and “xenophobic” for white nationalists to demand one for themselves.

    • Jon

      It even says in their laws that White people can not vote or own land.

      • http://nclinksandthinks.wordpress.com/ Roger U

        jim Dove laws?

        • dukem1

          Seth Crow.

        • Gray Liddell

          Jim Snow Law

    • TimboT

      Isn’t that called “politically correct”?

  • Truthseeker

    It’s hard not to cringe while reading this article. I truly would love to see an example of successful black self-rule, since it might encourage more blacks to pursue a life separate from us. Unfortunately, every attempt seems to confirm that blacks are most successful when they live in white-run societies, and deep down, they probably know that. They’d rather be in the spot they’re in now, where whites provide a higher standard of living, they can play the race card to get their way, and the elites protect them because of an abstract sense of guilt. Unless we tell them directly that we’re not going to take care of them any longer, we’re going to have to deal with the same old race problems.

    • Jack Whistler

      Until we deal with those among our number who would keep them, that will never happen. You cannot expect the parasite to voluntarily leave the host. Fleas will not give up the dog.

      Only with the most evil among our own kind, who would see their own people victimized by the Bantu Blight, insist that the host make accommodations to the parasite rather than remove it.

      • Sick of it

        Many refuse to name the parasites for fear of public shaming. After all, how dare we speak the inconvenient truth! It might cause the parasites to lose a bit in the stock market…

    • Ed

      They say Bermuda is nice but I’m not sure that qualifies as Black rule. Supposedly one or two of the small Caribbean islands are decent.

      • dmxinc

        Imagine if they didn’t have the natural resources that attract tourists’ dollars.

        Where would those islands be then?

    • LHathaway

      Blacks most successful when they live in white-run societies? That attitude didn’t seem to work so well for the guys in the photos!

    • Tom B

      I was in Senegal, and much of it shares characteristics with Detroit, Newark, St Louis. Garbage everywhere, slums and horrid living conditions. Only thing missing was crime, to my observation.

    • slash345

      Blacks are too lazy to leave western nations to live a better life in a black nation.

      Laziness is one of the reasons that they’re worthless and incapable.

  • Oil Can Harry

    “The ACS managed to persuade Congress to give it $100,000…”

    Congress should have given it $100 billion.

    • bilderbuster

      They would have gotten the same results only it would have cost more.

    • Jon

      Congress should paid for the whole thing and paid the slave masters for each slave they had then sent them all back.

    • SoulInvictus

      That was my takeaway from the first half of the article.
      What a missed opportunity…
      The money, culture and lives saved by even paying a small fortune to each repatriated former slave… god only knows. Accomplishing that would have been priceless.

  • themadplumber

    Dam good read, sad history, i knew of this place but did not know much detail till now, too bad such lessons are not taught in school. It should be. The bigest issue i think is not due to race more than it is that educated men who can rule lack the will and heart to fight a warloard or soldger who only lesseons in life is to kill and bestone fear. to find one who has the education as well having a strong will to lead. these are what makes great leaders, and are very few and far between,. U.S has the same issues but our country is establish enough thus far to be torn down by one week will and or moron put in charge, but we have had one how i see fits this discription for quiet some time.

  • Tarczan

    “The incumbent, Edmund Royce, was a natural partisan of the amendment, but the two-years faction rioted, arrested Royce, tried him for treason, and condemned him to death. Royce broke out of jail but drowned trying to swim to a British ship off the coast.”

    I told you they can’t swim.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Is there any place, ANY PLACE ON EARTH, run by blacks without the aid of whites that is actually prosperous? Never mind, I know the answer.

    And yet we’re supposed to believe that white racism is SO UNIVERSAL that it produces black failure in every corner of the earth (whether any whites are actually present or not), rather than it simply being a fact of nature, like gravity or the laws of thermodynamics.

    Heaven help us.

    • WR_the_realist

      Never underestimate the awesome power of white racism. I can make an entire African nation collapse just by thinking bad thoughts.

      • http://nclinksandthinks.wordpress.com/ Roger U

        It also conjures diseases like Aids and Asthma out of thin air.

    • chuck_2012

      Blacks when left to their own devices will typically descend into a society of hunter gatherers. They are not given to be industrious or to improve themselves thru work, saving and thinking for the future. These are creatures who can only think in the present tense. There is no place where blacks are prosperous even when living in the richest of lands. This is what they are.

  • Luca

    There are many historical figures and leaders coming out of Liberia, but my favorite is the rebel warlord, Joshua Blayhi better known as “General Butt Naked”. He is best known for going into battle naked, the genius of which Western culture has yet to grasp. Perhaps if General Lee had this advanced knowledge he may have won the battle at Gettysburg and turned the tide of the war.

    General Butt Naked is also well known for killing innocent children and drinking their blood and eating human flesh before going into battle.

    I am wondering why these tactics have yet to be taught at West Point. One can only assume that racists Whites refuse to embrace African innovations.

    Check out the “Vice” channel on YouTube and search for anything about Liberia. It’s a video encyclopedia on the highly advanced Liberian culture.

    • Malgus

      Not to make light of the Liberian civil war, but some of the photographs of the fighters were the source of much hilarity when they first came out..

      Blacks going into battle wearing tutus and waiving feather dusters in one hand, while firing an automatic weapon one handed in the other. Others wearing bright orange life vests during a street fight or having a large hat pulled down over their eyes. Several armed blacks forcing another black to take a look around the corner, and him only armed with a pointy stick… more..

      Again, not trying to make light of it, but how anyone managed to get killed during any of these street battles was a complete and total mystery, given the ‘gangsta’ method they used to fire their weapons…

    • WR_the_realist

      Ya gotta love those Vice guys. They go where now woosie New York Times reporter would ever dare to go, and give you the real story.

  • DaveMed

    On the other hand, these people are really good at basketball.

    • IstvanIN

      A White invention that only works when there are White referees.

  • JohnEngelman

    This book should be quoted whenever the subject of reparations comes up. The assumption behind reparations is that whites are preventing blacks from achieving their potential.

    • Jared Arrevois

      Their what?

    • MBlanc46

      Hardly a week goes by that any decent metropolitan newspaper doesn’t have a story about black self-rule.

  • http://saboteur365.wordpress.com/ bigone4u

    Liberia is another brilliant idea concocted by white liberals that is a massive failure. One they don’t want to talk about.

    Blacks can’t get along with each other, much less persons of other races. My father was a merchant seaman. I think his ship put in to port in Monrovia several times. He didn’t talk about it. The run to Brazil was a different story. Great scenic beauty there.

    • MBlanc46

      Knowing blacks as they did, the project’s founders should have known how it would turn out. Perhaps they did, but just didn’t want the word to get out. It’s a shame that the ACS or someone couldn’t have repatriated a large percentage of the black population in the first half of the 19th century, but slaveholders didn’t want to part with them and the free blacks resisted going. We’re still dealing with the consequences.

      • Strider73

        When slavery ended in the North, slaveholders who did not simply sell their slaves into the remaining slave states received full fair-market compensation for the loss of their property IAW the 5th Amendment. IMHO the ACS, perhaps with help from Congress, should have exercised the same type of eminent domain and paid off the slaveholders, then repatriated the former slaves. The slaveholders who insisted on whining “How will we get our crops in without them?” would have gotten the obvious answer — hire whites and pay them wages. I suspect half of the free blacks could have been induced to return home with a sufficiently large bribe. The remainder would have been so few in number as to be politically and culturally irrelevant.

        • MBlanc46

          To the best of my knowledge, all northern states except for Vermont used post-nati laws to abolish slavery. I’ve never read that any compensation was paid to owners who didn’t sell their slaves in the South while they had time, but I certainly don’t know that it wasn’t. The British offered compensation when they abolished slavery in their colonies in the West Indies. It’s way beyond my competence to determine whether compensated emancipation was financially feasible or not, but Thomas Dew in “Abolition of Negro Slavery” (1832) argues very persuasively that it was not.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    Johnson’s men cut Doe into pieces, cooked and ate him.
    .
    That’s a relief. Eating him raw would’ve been uncivilized.

    • MBlanc46

      You’re not a fan of the raw foods movement, I take it.

  • Ed

    There’s a video that I believe is on YouTube of Doe getting his ear cut off and a general asking to eat it. Before YouTube the torture of Doe was a VHS hit throughout West Africa.

  • Zimriel

    I wouldn’t even count Ethiopia as black. I consider the people there (mostly) as Semites.

    • Jon

      Heard they are the children of Nubians and Egyptians.

  • dd121

    I wonder if the hollywood liberals who flew to Haiti for their photo ops after the earthquake knew of any of this history. Their all self hating whites so it probably wouldn’t have mattered.

    • LHathaway

      Some of them likely flew there to help. They might even help us racists, but I doubt it. Even though they killed or drove off all the whites from Haiti, they know the real danger is ignorant whites. Wonder if they’d help a civil-war enactment that had a disaster strike or if their politics would forbid them?

      • dd121

        An insight into the sophistication of their ability to govern is that after the earthquake, they just let the bodies rot in the streets rather than bury them. Totally disgusting creatures.

  • DailyKenn

    Imagine sub-Saharan Africa today if there had been no outside intervention or influence of any kind; no technology, no missionaries; no Livingston, etc.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Sub-Saharan Africa without European influence would be an Arab slave trader’s paradise. There would be Arab forts everywhere, even in the jungles of the Congo. Large teams of black Africans in iron shackles would be marched across the Sahara desert and to the east African coast on a daily basis.

      • LHathaway

        To feed what, Whites demands for slaves?

        • Einsatzgrenadier

          No, to feed Arab demands. Arab participation in the black slave trade was much older than European. The Arabs also enslaved far more blacks.

        • Jon

          Arabs started the Black african slave trade as early as the 9th century.

      • Olorin

        You have this nailed, Esg…but the problem is, who bothers to learn anything about the history of Islam? I mean, it’s not like the US had any issues with Muslims, or Muslim slavers, before 9/11/2001, right? RIGHT?

        And, you know, Europe–that was all the Crusades, and we know Europe was in the wrong there, right?

        And after all, Islam is just downtrodden brown people and the Religion of Peace–why they even say so!

        Also, Arabs and Muslims were never imperialists, unlike the US or those English-speaking European countries.

        The Ottoman what?

    • Jon

      be run by Islamic slave traders but like I said we should have left Africa to Islam.

    • Raydonn

      Kenn, well stated as usual……..alas, try to convince a ‘diversity’ of that pesky fact, as in, who do they think keeps the lights on? If whitey was magically removed from the entire United States, leaving every business/factory/infrastructure/wealth/etc, this nation would look like Haiti within a year. That isn’t debatable. Yet find one of these cretins that could even grasp that simple fact.

      • http://nclinksandthinks.wordpress.com/ Roger U

        Nah, the Asians would keep some of it running.

    • Strider73

      Without the white architects, electricians, engineers, groundskeepers, etc. who did all the brain work, the 2010 World Cup would have been played on dirt fields in stadiums with mud bleachers — and all games would have taken place in daylight.

  • DailyKenn

    If I recall, the Jimmy Carter administration played a key role in getting Samuel Doe ‘elected’ in Liberia.

  • JackKrak

    Anything called the “Convention of the Negro Peoples of the World” has more comedy potential than anything I can possibly think of.

    Please, PLEASE start organizing this again!!!!

  • James

    This is an interesting article as I think the same is happening in South Africa. Blacks today are noticing that they had a better life under apartheid yet they still vote black as they know that if they voted white, life would be better but they would be calling themselves failures.

    I notice with interest how they will not allow the whites in South Africa a homeland but I suspect that much like it has been said here. You cant get a flea to let go of the dog. The blacks need whites to pay taxes and make society work. Look at the stats from South Africa. 5 million taxpayers and 15 million welfare recipients.When blacks have an IQ of less than 70 how could they possibly build a society.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Like SA blacks, the indigenous tribes of Liberia actually had it better when there was a mixed race AL upper caste in charge of the nation’s destiny. There was an AL named Tubman who transformed the country into one of the most prosperous on the African continent. During the 1950′s, the country had the 2nd highest rate of economic growth in the world, after Japan. This lasted until 1980, when the AL’s were driven from power and replaced by native blacks.

      So, the recipe for West African success is a small European-admixed elite with an average IQ of 85, vs. an average native IQ of 70, combined with decades of repressive dictatorial rule. Deporting American blacks to Africa would be one of the best ways of improving living conditions on the continent. American blacks, because of their higher IQ’s, would automatically become a market-dominant minority and rule over the natives. Or we could just let the Chinese take over and kill off the native blacks by turning the continent into a vast slave labor farm.

      • Ed

        Very true and the African tribes in Liberia are probably the most backwards in all of West Africa to boot. They engage in all manners of depravity. I’m sure some on here have seen the Vice clip when they go to Liberia and encounter cannibals.

        I worked with a girl in NYC from a African tribe in Liberia. She had these hideous markings on her stomach and back. She couldn’t wear bathing suits because of it.

        • LHathaway

          I worked with a guy from Ethiopia many years ago. He had circular burn makes covering most of his forearms, and arms as far as I could see. He claimed it was something he’d done with other young kids, burn their arms to show how tough they are or for some kid reason like that. It was quite pronounced covering most of the skin. He’d also been held in prison in Ethiopia while they were still under a Marxist dictator. I suppose he may have possibly been tortured but he seemed to be honest about his story. I suppose he could claim he had been! He was actually in favor of capitalist reform and in favor of capitalism. He may have been freed by Amnesty International but he didn’t say. He and his wife and children moved here anyway. If I remember he was given a choice of countries to move to, Germany, the US and another. He said he may have made the wrong choice! He did seem to fall into the pro-black crowd a little, here. Maybe he had taken some university courses. Maybe it was just being a black guy.

      • James

        You summed that up well as I was wondering what the solution was for this. Importing quadroons might be the solution but much like Liberia they will resist this.

        • SoulInvictus

          I seriously can’t tell what that is on the far right.
          Man, woman, ethnicity, anything. Oh ok, #2 says the mother is #1.
          Just a quick glance and I would have thought it a really homely Cherokee guy with a bad 70′s haircut.
          Those aboriginal women must be sexxxxxxy. whew…

          • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

            At first glace I thought it was Jim J. Bullock in drag.

      • Jon

        I feel the Chinese will do just that since American blacks will never leave unless by force. that would be the best choice for African countries to send mulattoes to Africa to rule.

  • LHathaway

    It’s easy to say that whites brought civilization to Africa, or at least higher civilization – life itself – but it would also be easy to lay the true blame for many of the problems Thomas Jackson describes on whites themselves. That can be seen ever reading this book review and not even reading from the original (no-doubt either cultural-marxist or politically correct) text.

    I think that’s the way leftists and people of color are going to see it. I think that’s they way they’ve been seeing it and teaching (these problems, all problems, are really caused by Europeans and the West) since the ‘anti-colonial’ period began.

    There are times when I sympathize with this view. It could be far from an accurate truth, but, why, not, Democracy is paramount, why not give the people what they want and whatever myths they want? As they are taking over in number, it will surely be the view, not only of the past, but of the future as well.

    I just wish they’d have this view over there. . .

    • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

      There’s a strong argument to be made that White intervention (of any sort) has only multiplied the misery in Africa.

      • Jon

        Out intervention has been our downfall and is the reason for not only the misery of Africa but America and Europe. We should have left Africa alone and let Islam deal with them.

        • Strider73

          “The Prime Directive is not just a set of rules; it is a philosophy, and a very correct one. History has proven again and again that whenever mankind interferes with a less developed civilization, no matter how well intentioned that interference may be, the results are invariably disastrous.” — Capt. Jean-Luc Picard

          Of course, that famous dictum applies to less developed societies on other planets, but IMHO it should apply with equal force here on Earth. Stay far away from the inferiors, and let them stand or fall on their own.

      • Sloppo

        I believe that is true. Without white-invented agricultural technology, only a small percentage of Africa’s black population could even exist today, so there would only be the possibility of a small fraction of black African misery without that technology.

  • LHathaway

    That was my original thought! When you read these you can later see something further down the line to comment on. Wasn’t Clay’s speech the most ridiculous pile of double-speak you’ve ever heard? He could be writing for a univerisity welcome committee.

    “Can there be a nobler cause than that which, whilst it proposed to rid our country of a useless and pernicious, if not dangerous portion of its population, contemplates the spreading of the arts of civilized life, and the possible redemption from ignorance and barbarism of a benighted quarter of the globe”.

    That’s like some kind of double-speak only in reverse? They’re useless and pernicious yet are going to be spreading the arts of civilized life around the globe. . .

    Must have been nice to have been white back then?

    • SoulInvictus

      I thought it was a very well worded back handed compliment.

      “These ignorant, useless and irredeemable pieces of human garbage may yet serve a purpose, to bring some small measure of the better life and better people they have been amongst back to their cannibalistic, backwards, savage cousins. Good luck and Godspeed Ni**er”

      That was how I took it anyway.

  • IstvanIN

    Doesn’t the “scientific method” require that any experimental hypothesis be repeatable by different researchers? Whereas the liberal hypothesis that blacks are just like us has never been proven, the proven fact is that blacks are, as a group, incapable of managing or developing anything on their own. This has been proven over and over again.

    An aerial photo of Hispaniola, with the border between the poor and run-down, but mulatto run, Dominican Republic and the black and savage Haiti, being so stark, so clear cut, as to be the perfect illustration of what full-blooded Negros are capable of. Or not capable of, take your pick.

  • The Final Solution

    What’s with all the attempts to strike a deal with the chiefs and this nonsense about Africa not wanting American blacks? There should have been no negotiation whatsoever. We do not ask permission from coloreds to deliver their own people back to them. They should have went in there with guns and cannons and said here’s your farm equipment back. We’re gonna drop the goods off here from now on and if anyone disagrees we’ll wipe your village from the face of the earth.

  • Malgus

    Back before the documentary channel became something else, they ran a special on the good General… I think it was called “The Redemption of General Butt Naked”. He went around apologizing to people. One guy, he shot and paralyzed from the waist down for no real good reason… and he expected a quick “Hey mon, I beez sorry an sh-*” to make everything better…

    Total phony. A sham. He knew that he was going to go down for crimes against humanity, so he became a ‘reformed’ Christian pastor, I guess figuring that if he had a Come To Jeebus moment, they’d go easier on him at his trial…

    Yeah. Ain’t nobody believing that hot garbage…

  • Jon

    Jefferson thought the Govt should paid for the whole thing and he was right as well as I think all the abolitionists should have been sent with them since they were causing a lot of trouble. Europeans drug Africa out of the stone but it seems they are not capable of leaving it. I agree that the we should have rounded up all the blacks and sent them back to Africa. Should not have been a choice because they are incapable of self rule. Had this been done, America would be a more productive place today. White people do not get that u can civilized Black Africans because they are natures dead end. How many examples do we need that they are not capable of running a country.

  • Jon

    They fully understood the Negro threat back then but we have forgotten it or the masses have been brainwashed into forgetting it.

  • Randall Ward

    Abe Lincoln was the head of the American Colonization Society in Ill. I believe. Lincoln worked on exporting the negros, until his death. South American was the last area he focused on.

  • IKE

    Too late now, them coloreds are spoiled on the white man’s generosity , whom they hate so much . . .

    • jeffaral

      Who of them is gonna be the next president of Amerika?

  • Ed

    Yeah this is the video I was talking about, lol. Gruesome stuff. They say the President of Equatorial Guinea, which is near Nigeria, is also a cannibal.

  • Olorin

    Seeing Blayhi mentioned, I went and searched that blog, remembering it, before scrolling down and seeing you beat me to it.

    Highly recommend that AmRen readers not miss this link. The sooner it’s socially acceptable to laugh these people out of their privileged/pet status, the better. I am so sick of this stupidity and depravity treated like anything other than what it is.

  • Jon

    the question of sending the mixed blacks there is a good idea but most would not go even to make a new country. Double standard is an understatement but the fact that Liberia was bought and paid by white Americans proves we have paid back our debt to them in full for slavery. If they refuse to take the offer then then they r to blame. Truth is it should have never been choice for them not to go and we should have just bought all the slaves freedom and sent them all there along with any trouble making white people.

  • LHathaway

    I thought you were going to say Aruba or Bermuda?

  • LHathaway

    Your post all makes sense. . but in the middle of your post you ‘promote’ killing those who know nothing but violence (not just those who have killed but those who may have no qualms about killing) and the killing the unborn. Your post probably makes sense to those who aren’t religious, also (which pretty much means the educated) in our society.
    Your whole post makes reasonable sense. And I’m sure it appealed to most casual visitors and readers. . I actually feel it did. . .
    I’ve been on here too long. . .

  • http://www.coinsandhistory.com/ Claudius_II

    In Jan 1835, blacks in the state of Bahia, Brazil staged a revolution to overthrow whites. Their goal was not to end slavery but to establish an African controlled region by killing whites, mulattos, and Brazilian blacks.

    After fighting they were only able to kill 9 people at a loss of 50 of their own. In the days that followed, vengeful citizens killed more blacks. In the final shameful end to the episode, the authorities ordered the deportation of several hundred more free blacks back to Africa. see “Slave Rebellion in Brazil…”, J.J. Reis,1993.

    Today in Brazil’s largest city: Sao Paulo it appears to be 99.9% white. At least the working people one sees about. I don’t know about the favelas. Howeverever the only open museum about Brazil in the entire city is the “Slave Museum”. Not a slavery exhibition, or a slavery wing but a whole slavery museum. Note that there are NO OTHER historical museums in the whole city. There is not a single museum about Brazilian history, or the Kings, Empire, Independence from Portugal. For a 99.9% white population talk about white guilt. Most Brazilians are ashamed about their own history because “it’s known” that back in the 1500′s thru the 1700′s, Brazil had slaves.

  • Robert Kelley

    Excellent article. This is the sort of thing that makes AMREN such an interesting site. I think we can all say that it was sad that this experiment didn’t work out. One thing puzzles me: why did slaves and ex-slaves lose their resistance to tropical diseases so quickly?

  • TimboT

    Let’s roast a few Tree-Stump Grubs and invite over some Chimps to rule the new government shall we? In any case they’ll do better than Obama.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Wow, wotta review!!! Seriously, this is worth reading over many times–and even then, I don’t think it will all sink in.

    It seems like the history of Liberia is a history of naiveté, foolish assumptions, wishful thinking and corruption, much the same as we are experiencing today in Black-Run-America. WHY are whites such naive, wishful fools sometimes?? It’s our deadly downfall.