It was wrong, however, these were the rules at the time. Before passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a Black person in America was forbidden to use the same door as a White person when entering or exiting a building. People of color could not drink from the same water fountain as Whites. It was illegal for a Black person to sit with Whites at the same lunch counter. Blacks and Whites were not even allowed to use the same restrooms. A company could refuse to hire an applicant simply because they were Black. And when riding the bus in Montgomery, Alabama, Blacks were required to sit at the back.
Everyone knew the rules and that was it, until a little Black lady became sick and tired of the naked injustice and said enough! Enough! Her name was Rosa Louise McCauley Parks. Ms. Parks had obeyed the rules all her life, but on that fateful day she simply refused to give up her seat on the bus to make room for a white passenger. This singular act of defiance would change not only the plight of Blacks in America, but minorities in general.
Whoever said one person could not make a difference was made a liar on December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.A.
Politics aside, you know deep down in your heart that the vast majority of Liberians have suffered grave injustice since the founding of this nation, and that the brutal 15-year war exposed major issues that can’t be ignored. You know it was wrong for a few in pursuit of selfish ambition to cause the deaths of so many of our precious friends and loved ones. You know that after destroying the entire infrastructure and ruining the lives of millions it is absolutely wrong for these same individuals to insist on governing, even to the extent of threatening further violence should there be any attempt at stopping them.
Furthermore, you know that Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – whether she intended to unleash the level of violence visited upon this nation or not – is the person most responsible for the destruction of lives and properties during the war. You know as powerful as he has tried to present himself, the Charles McCarthy Taylor of 1989 did not have the stature, money or international connections to put together the war machine that flattened this nation. You also know as long as Ellen insists on being the President – elected or not – there is no way we can justly rein in those who actually carried out the mayhem, because a number of these individuals started out taking orders from Ellen as head of the NPFL warring faction. You know if this was not true Ellen would be shouting from the rooftop in an effort to vindicate herself and set the record straight. And you are also aware that Liberia will not recover anytime soon if those bearing the greatest responsibility for the atrocities are allowed to operate outside the law.
Last but not least, you and I know full well that Liberians themselves – not the US, UN, EU, AU, or ECOWAS – must lead the way in restoring law and order; and this is the moment!
In exactly 12 months from now we all could be celebrating the start of a brighter future rather than lamenting the continuation of business as usual. All that’s required is for you to refrain from doing what is popular, but rather do what is right. Electing a new government would be a VICTORY for the entire nation! We then can start anew by choosing, at least for one election cycle, men and women to govern who are not connected with the war and, or past corruption. This is how we end the era of war and violence.
Having revealed our long-term VISION for Liberia, you now know exactly where the country will be headed under TQ Harris’ leadership. Individually, we can begin planning our lives. Because the year 2030 will soon be upon us, considering how fast the last 20 years went by.
Without a definite plan Liberia 25 years from now will not be much different than it is today. We must CHANGE DIRECTION…CHANGE ATTITUDE…CHANGE LEADERS and set Liberia on the path to EXCELLENCE. Log into TQ Vision: www.tqharrisforpresident.com/TQ_Vision.html
Ms. Rosa Parks on that fateful day set into motion events that would eventually change the great United States because she refused to accept things as they were. YOU don’t have to accept Liberia as it is. Stand with me today and let us give birth to a New and PROSPEROUS Nation! This is your defining moment! Please make a donation now: http://tqharrisforpresident.com/Donate.html
The Author: T. Q. Harris, Jr. is a member of the Free Democratic Party (of Liberia) who is expected to be a Presidential candidate in the 2011 Election. Mr. Harris in 1997 was the Vice Presidential nominee of his Party. He is currently the Chairman of Liberian Contempt UPS. To get more information: http://www.tqharrisforpresident.com/; http://www.friendsoftq.org/; email@example.com; and Phone: (562) 256-4271 Liberia: (231) 6 538827