Weah’s Racism Speech

By Bartum Kulah, MD, MBA |

Former international football star George Weah waves to supporters on April 28, 2016 at the his party’s headquarters in Monrovia.
Former international football star George Weah today said he would be a candidate in next year’s presidential elections in Liberia — his second bid for the post. As Sirleaf is ineligible to stand for a third term under Liberia’s constitution, Weah is expected to face her vice president, Joseph Boakai, 71. / AFP / ZOOM DOSSO (Photo credit should read ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images)

These are my thoughts on Weah’s “racism against footballers” speech. I believe it is an indictment of Liberia’s educational system, and its failure to educate every child regardless of family finances and status.

I saw the video where Senator Weah referred to discrimination against him as a footballer, and termed it racism. Following that statement many of his surrogates came out to defend him, claiming racism applies to football, religion etc. I even understand that the Minister of Education George Werner and others tried to justify what Senator Weah said; and someone even presented a philosophical paper on “the various types of racism, as opposed to the anti-racist”. Of note is that none of those papers talked about discriminating against footballers as being another form of racism, but instead the writer mused about the fact that beyond race, one can discriminate against cultures within different races.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.