Happy MLK Day! (2021 Essay Released)

In honor of MLK Day, I have released for public reading a previously paywalled essay I published on Substack last year called Moral Reasoning and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Happy New Year, readers! I have neglected this space for far too long. For those who do not know, I have been writing on Substack since early 2020. I wrote behind a paywall, and it was a freeing experience. All previous paywalled essays are still available on Substack. Starting this month, however, I am now writing public pieces on Substack. The first one is linked on this site. Going forward, I will be linking and excerpting my Substack pieces on this site, and I will also try to post some original content here, instead of letting this place develop dust and cobwebs. I have also tried to give this site a more minimal appearance.

7 Life Lessons From 2021

Happy New Year! To kick off 2022, here are seven life lessons from 2021.

1.  Reaching the next level sometimes necessitates shedding

Before reaching the next level in any area of life, it is important to recognize that shedding can sometimes be a necessity. People and things that are not meant for you and that cannot aid your progress will be eliminated from your life. This is simply God’s way of curtailing the amount of baggage that you carry to the next level. This is not something to lament. Rather, it should be a source of happiness. The reason why some people are distraught about such shedding is because they often try to make permanent fixtures out of things that are better suited to temporary status. Understanding seasonality in life is necessary to avoid inappropriate attachment. For instance, attempting to squeeze lifelong friendships out of situational acquaintanceships will always lead to unnecessary heartache. Attempting to make a position permanent when it should just be for a short season will lead to stagnancy.

Celebrate the shedding! It often means you are moving forward.

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New Essay at The University Bookman

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The Rise of Black Intellectual History

By Chidike Okeem

Book Review

While the physical prowess of African people is much lauded in the Western world, many still deem the idea of black thought as patently oxymoronic. The concept of black people thinking in private and public—and doing so in ways that are meaningful enough to be documented—is often considered a fantastical thought of puerile racial optimism. New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition, edited by Keisha N. Blain, Christopher Cameron, and Ashley D. Farmer, scotches this mendacious narrative with an applause-worthy collection of essays that meticulously examine varied aspects of the vast black intellectual tradition across the globe. The authors of the essays show that black thought is not a utopian figment of the feverish Afrocentric imagination; it is a verifiable reality with which sober-minded people must reckon.

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Good News and Bad News

Over the years, people have often asked me about my favorite news outlets. I generally respond by pointing out that I do not have any favorite news outlet. The most important principle to remember in order to avoid being force-fed propaganda is that it is impossible to find a news network that is free of bias. When you understand this, you will never consume the news without being vigilant. Vigilance when consuming the news simply means that one cannot have a favorite outlet. With that said, there are some news outlets that are better than others. For this reason, there are some news outlets that I gravitate to more than others, as they simply do a good job delivering factual information.

Before discussing useful news outlets, it is critical to note that American cable news has turned into a colossal waste of time. Across the popular channels, all that is covered is Donald Trump and Russia. There is little to no coverage of serious issues occurring in the United States or across the world. It is lamentable that the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, for example, receives very little coverage on cable news, but every Trump scandal does. The explanation for this is simple: cable news is all about ratings. When ratings are a network’s primary objective, covering serious news understandably gets put on the back burner. Unless it is a person’s job to be completely invested in every single scandal that occurs in the White House, one’s time is better spent consuming news that will actually keep one informed about other issues facing the country and the world.

As a teenager and an immigrant to the United States, I felt that consuming cable news was the best way to acclimate myself to American culture. I also felt it was important to read opinion writers. However, knowing what I know now, a lot of that time would have been better spent reading philosophy, history, and theology. The news is important, but it is just one element needed to be an informed person. To be an interesting person with a developed mind, one has to read actual books. Consuming the news, reading opinion pieces, and listening to podcasts will never be able to replace the intellectual benefit that one gains from reading serious books.

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