New Article at Change the Game

Posted: September 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

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The Second Amendment and the Pro-Life Pretense

By Chidike Okeem

Being both pro-gun and pro-life is not inherently oxymoronic; however, it can become contradictory when people put gun rights on a higher pedestal than life itself. Nowadays, being pro-life is generally limited to believing in the right of human beings to be born; however, an authentic pro-lifer cannot just support life vis-à-vis pregnancy and childbirth. An authentic believer in the sanctity of life must also affirm the right to life of all innocent people at every stage of life. The Second Amendment is intended to protect life—not to be an endorsement of the casual extirpation of life.

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New Article at Change the Game

Posted: September 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

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Mainstream Conservatives and Fraudulent Victimhood

By Chidike Okeem

Liberals use victimhood as a political tool. Liberal intellectuals and journalists enjoy making money by selling helplessness to poor minority communities. The liberal worldview is one in which reliance on government is encouraged and denouncing capitalism as a brutal system of cyclical oppression is standard. Mainstream conservatives enjoy lambasting liberals and their addiction to victimhood, but the sad reality is that mainstream conservatives are just as addicted to fraudulent victimhood. If mainstream conservatives are going to attack the liberal addiction to victimhood, then they must break their addiction to the same drug.

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New Essay at Hip Hop Republican

Posted: August 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

Can Conservatism Establish a Foothold in Inner Cities?

By Chidike Okeem

In order for conservatism to establish a foothold in inner cities, people on the political right need to do a better job of arguing why conservative policies are beneficial to the lives of ethnic minorities who dwell in these areas. Liberals have appalling policies that have caused devastation in America’s cities for several decades, but—at the very least—they have solidly presented the image that they care about the interests of ethnic minorities. More than anything else, politics is about optics. If a political party or movement has poor optics, policy ideas turn into nugatory thought exercises.

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New Essay at Hip Hop Republican

Posted: March 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

Can Black Conservatives Support Stop-and-Frisk?

By Chidike Okeem

Stop-and-frisk is perhaps one of the most controversial issues in American policing today. The fundamental basis for the controversy regarding stop-and-frisk is the concept of racial profiling. There are two schools of thought in defining the term ‘racial profiling’: Race-incorporated profiling and race-reliant profiling. Race-incorporated profiling is the use of race as one of many factors while making law enforcement decisions. By contrast, race-reliant profiling is the reliance on race as the principal and essential basis upon which law enforcement decisions are made.

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New Essay at Hip Hop Republican

Posted: March 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | 1 Comment »

The End of Artificial Black Conservatism

By Chidike Okeem

Black people are dramatically declining in sociopolitical power in the United States. While many recognize the problematic nature of the hegemonic control that the Democratic Party has on the black vote, many do not concern themselves with the fact that black conservatism is generally not respected as a serious intellectual movement. Black conservatism has the reputation of being an ideology associated with blacks who have self-worth issues and feel it is necessary to trash the entire race for validation—and remuneration—from white conservative audiences.

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