Tony Hage lives over 50 years in Liberia "The fear of outsiders is nothing new. The Lebanese community is used to it."
According to an article on BBC, Tony Hage has lived in Liberia for more than 50 years.
It is where he went to university. Where he met his wife. Where he set up his successful business.
He has stayed when so many others have fled the country's years of unrest- determined to see the country he loves and calls home succeed.
But Mr Hage, it could be argued, is a second-class citizen in Liberia. In fact, he is not a citizen at all - prohibited from becoming a full member of Liberian society because of the colour of his skin and his family's roots in Lebanon.
'They will enslave us'Liberia, on Africa's west coast, was established as a home for freed slaves returning to the continent, escaping from unthinkable misery in the United States.
Hundreds of years later, Liberia's new president, the former footballer George Weah, described the rule as "unnecessary, racist and inappropriate".
What's more, Mr Weah said, discriminating against races "contradicts the very definition of Liberia", which is derived from the Latin word "liber," meaning "free".
The pronouncement has sent shockwaves through some parts of Liberia.
"White people will definitely enslave black Liberians," businessman Rufus Oulagbo tells the BBC, bluntly.
He fears any move to widen citizenship away from just black people would damage Liberians' chances to develop their own country.
In particular, he says, allowing people from other countries to own property would be dangerous.
Mr Oulagbo is not the only one to voice these fears: a new advocacy group, Citizen's Action Against Non-Negro Citizenship and Land Ownership, has been set up to fight the president's plans.
"Every nation has a foundation on which it was built - if you undermine that foundation, the nation will definitely crumble," the group's leader Fubbi Henries told the BBC.
Mr Weah, he said, "needs to focus on the right policies for Liberians".
It is true Mr Weah has his work cut out without changing the constitution.
Despite its wealth of natural resources, Liberia is ranked 225 out of 228 countries when it comes to average income per person, at just $900 per year for 2017.
In comparison, the US figure was $59,500, while the UK's was $43,600.
In fact, a third of Liberia's GDP comes from those living overseas - with some families entirely dependent on remittances from the US.
Mr Weah has been blunt in his assessment of the situation: Liberia is broke, and he is going to fix it.