bortieteh asked: I think Liberia should change the phrase "The love of liberty brought us here". More than 90% of the population is made up of indigenous people that did not need to be brought there. The love of liberty found us here.
I understand where you’re coming from and you clearly know about Liberia (or you are Liberian). However, Liberia of that time is not the Liberia of today, today there are 14 tribes that call Liberia home, however, back then there was only one the Dai people, everyone else were from all parts of Africa skewed about by tribal wars so the “indigenous” are really not that indigenous. This same debate was brought up in senate in the 80’s and the Liberian people upheld the seal because it is everyone’s story. Futhermore, the seal was formed by Americo-Liberians which like you must know came from America and the Caribbean etc. slaves brought through the underground rail roads from the help of their white master who were in alot of cases also their fathers or simply were free men/women. In the history of Liberia if it wasn’t for ONE of these individuals who came to Liberia we would not have maintained its status as the only land not colonized since the British came to the coast to take our freedom (ALL of our freedom) but Elijah Johnson (which i am descended from) defended the country from invasion by getting in a boat to meet the British fleet and basically saying if you try to take us we will fight. He was the one of the many to the sign the Liberian Declaration of Independence . The very government structure we know today was created by the Americo-Liberians with the first Liberian president being Joseph. Jenkins Roberts (which i am also descended from). I hope that answers your question, feel free to ask more in the future x