New Article at Change the Game

Posted: October 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: VOC Essays | No Comments »

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Vest or Vote: A Creation of the American Right

By Chidike Okeem

Now that the midterm elections are fast approaching, liberals are using all the fortuitous cards that conservatives have dealt them over the past two years to their political advantage. Recently, the Dream Defenders produced a video imploring black people to either vote Democratic or wear bulletproof vests to avoid being shot by the police. The ad is demonstrably hyperbolic and demagogic, but it is also effective. While one can attack the use of such an ad, reasonable analysts must admit that, given the mainstream conservative response to the uproar in Ferguson, Mo., the American right aided its creation.

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New Article at The Daily Caller

Posted: October 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

 

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Conservatives Can Learn From Bill Maher And Sam Harris

By Chidike Okeem

During a panel last week on Real Time with Bill Maher, both Maher and pop-atheism author Sam Harris spoke passionately against liberal hypocrisy regarding Islam’s casual flouting of basic human rights and reprehensible contravention of liberal democratic ideals. Maher and Harris made significant points about the importance of ideological consistency among liberals.

Many conservatives have commended these two liberal commentators for their comments on Islam and liberalism. What is noteworthy, however, is the fact that Maher and Harris were not primarily concerned about the possibility of conservatives agreeing with them.

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Posted: October 8th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

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Mainstream Conservatism, Ebola, and Anti-Blackness

By Chidike Okeem

Ebola and other devastating communicable diseases are not to be taken lightly. Proper precautionary measures need to be taken to ensure that American citizens are protected from such serious health hazards. That notwithstanding, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is no excuse for reprehensible anti-blackness. Though unsurprising, it is lamentable that some mainstream conservatives are using Ebola as an excuse to engage in vile bigotry against people of African descent.

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Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

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Capitalism and Black Entrepreneurship

By Chidike Okeem

Despite capitalism’s many blemishes and imperfections, it is the only system of economic development that has the proven power to lift people out of poverty. Given the state of the American economy and the fact that African Americans are consistently on the lower end of the socioeconomic totem pole, it is imperative that black people embrace capitalism and skillfully utilize the power of entrepreneurship.

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Posted: September 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

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The Anti-Liberal Obsession of Mainstream Conservatives

By Chidike Okeem

If there is any principal identifying theme of mainstream American conservatives today, it is their complete opposition to liberals. While being on the opposite side of liberals is understandable, it should not be the most crucial element of a serious conservative worldview. It is deeply problematic when the primary concern of the conservative is to be seen as being on the opposite side of liberals, as this often leads to conservatives taking immoral positions on various sociopolitical issues that inadvertently harm the conservative cause.

Serious conservatives are not supposed to look at what positions liberals take on various issues and irresponsibly argue the other side. Serious conservatives should be confident in using a conservative analytical rubric to arrive at positions—irrespective of what liberals believe. Conservative analysis should be birthed out of organic and rigorous reflection—not a knee-jerk desire to be opposed to prominent liberals. The primary goal of the serious conservative should be to reason as lucidly as possible using a conservative ideological framework and best convey conservative principles to others. The primary goal of the hyper-partisan mainstream pseudo-conservative is to be opposed to the liberal—particularly for remunerative gain.

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