New Article at American Thinker

Posted: September 12th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Articles | No Comments »

The Separation of Blackness and State

By Chidike Okeem

Unquestionably, most Democrats have a gift for effective political speech.  Only liberal Democrats are capable of making their ruinous policies sound like genius ideas created by majestic celestial beings.  The Democrats’ one-of-a-kind ability to attractively present their poisonous policies is outrageously underrated by Republicans, who have done very little to improve their own ability to package and present their clearly superior political product.

As a consequence of gross Republican inarticulateness, the Democrats have triumphed in the battle of making membership in their party an integral part of black identity, so much so that blackness in America no longer has much to do with skin color, culture, or even the unique African-American experience of historical discrimination.  Being black in America today has turned into a political status that can be blithely bestowed on a person like Bill Clinton, despite his whiteness and racist ties, and can be nonchalantly revoked from someone like Allen West, who is black in the truest American context.  Manifestly, in order to maintain black validity in American society today, being a card-carrying member of the Democratic Party is a fixed obligation.

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New Article at US Daily Review

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Can the Right Afford to Neglect Academia?

By Chidike Okeem

It is common for right-wingers to inveigh against academia and the elitism that it gives rise to—especially where sociology and the social sciences are concerned. The impulse for this attitude is certainly understandable. Manifestly, academia is dominated by liberal elitists and has become an unremitting factory for disastrous left-wing ideas—ideas that have incontestably ruined societies and communities where they have been implemented. However, there is a fundamental distinction between critiquing the liberal bent of academia and glibly dismissing academia as a whole.

If conservatism is going to continue to be a robust movement, rather than an ideology of insubstantial and repetitious slogans—much like liberalism has been reduced to—there has to be a vigorous intellectual movement that goes along with any populism. In other words, we need Heather Mac Donalds to go along with our Sarah Palins.

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A special thank you to the esteemed Free Republic for carrying the article and starting a vigorous debate on their site.

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New Article at American Thinker

Posted: June 24th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Articles | 1 Comment »

Michele Bachmann, the GOP, and the Race Conversation

By Chidike Okeem

Recently, while speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Michele Bachmann fervently argued that President Obama has failed the African-American community and the Hispanic community. Bachmann went further to affirm that, in the event of her election as president of the United States, her goal would be to create jobs in these heavily affected minority communities — and create jobs for Americans as a whole.

While these were merely passing remarks made during her speech, she created seismic waves due to the fact that she deviated from the traditional pusillanimous GOP approach to minority communities by daringly intermingling race with her public policy arguments.  As was noted by liberal Salon, Michele Bachmann is the only GOP candidate to have mentioned the 16.2% black unemployment thus far. One would think that such an obvious policy weakness of Obama’s would be something all serious GOP candidates would be hammering at with unyielding ferocity.  Except, of course, none of the other candidates possess the brass that Michele Bachmann has to take on the tough racial issues against America’s “first black president.”

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