Go Back To Africa?

by Dr. Ranney B. Jackson Sr. Ph.D.



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/15/2022

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 114
ISBN : 9781665556439
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 114
ISBN : 9781665556415
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 114
ISBN : 9781665556422

About the Book

The title of this book, “Go back to Africa?” is a statement offensive to African Americans. African Americans feel offended because despite all they have endured and done for the United States in terms of slave labor, defending the United States in two world wars and civil war, protecting whites against the indigenous, there are still Americans who feel that they do not belong in the United States. Despite the U.S. Government’s acceptance of African Americans through the constitution, the 13th and 14th amendments, the emancipation proclamation, and other documents, African Americans feel discriminated against. This feeling began from 1790 to 1800 when Whites felt that African Americans should be relocated to Africa due to their increased population. The American Colonization Society was formed in 1816 and relocated African Americans to Liberia. Those who relocated to Africa encountered similar struggles with the indigenous as the Europeans when they settled in the Americas. The Americo-Liberians, as they are called, established a similar government as the United States. In 1980 a Master Sergeant, Samuel Doe staged a blooded coup d’état against the Americo-Liberian government. Doe caused President Tolbert’s assassination and ordered the execution of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and the Chief Justice among others. On January 6th, some Americans staged an insurrection, which many classified as a coup d’état. The author argues that the insurrection was not a coup and calls on his readers to compare Liberia’s 1980 coup to the January 6th insurrection. In 1990, Liberia encountered a 14-year civil war similar to the American Civil war of 1861. The author admonishes Americans about the consequences and implications of coup d’états and civil wars and asks Americans to avoid either.

About the Author

Dr. Ranney B. Jackson Sr. was born in Bong County, Liberia. He graduated from the University of Liberia in 1978 and traveled to the United States in 1979 for his Master’s Degree. He enrolled at Oklahoma City University, where he earned an MBA degree in Finance in 1984. In 1986, Dr. Jackson returned home. In Liberia, he served as Senior Financial Analyst at the Liberia Electricity Corporation and later as Deputy Comptroller for Debt Management at the Ministry of Finance. In 1990, Dr. Jackson fled to the United States as a refugee due to the civil war in Liberia. Dr. Jackson worked with the Maryland State Highway Administration until his departure to Ghana in 2003 in such of peace for Liberia. Upon his return to the U.S., Dr. Jackson was asked by Liberians in the Diaspora to represent them at the Liberian Legislature. Dr. Jackson served two years at the Legislature, five years as Superintendent (Governor) of Bong County, and two years as Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. In 2015, Dr. Jackson returned to the U.S. and enrolled at Walden University in 2017, where he earned a Ph.D. in January 2022 in Public Policy and Administration. Positions held by Dr. Jackson include Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA), President of People’s Community Lutheran Church Council, Maryland, USA, a Member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Liberia and a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Cuttington University, Bong County, Liberia.