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

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Blue Lives Are Not Superior to Black Lives

By Chidike Okeem

After the appalling shooting death of two New York City police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu at the hands of madman Ismaaiyl Brinsley, there has been an abundance of public grief and justifiable indignation. Needlessly shooting and killing any human being is morally opprobrious. However, it is important to note that expressing outrage at the murder of cops while finding all sorts of sophistical rationalizations for the murder and maiming of blacks is undeserving of moral praise. The murder of police officers is no more reprehensible than the murder of blacks by police officers and vigilantes. Volubly protesting the former while excusing the latter is demonstrative of severe moral bankruptcy.

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Posted: December 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

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Jay-Z’s Ideas on Policing and Criminal Justice Reform Matter

By Chidike Okeem

In light of the recent police brutality cases occurring across the nation, Democratic Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo met with the mogul and nineteen-time Grammy Award-winning rapper Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter to discuss criminal justice policy. With the clear intention of being insulting, the writers of an article, which was posted at both the New York Post and Fox Nation, referred to Carter as a “former crack dealer.” The text of the article further posits that Carter “earned most of his expertise in crime as a crack dealer.” Those who are critical of people like Jay-Z contributing to criminal justice policy demonstrate their lack of dedication to serious criminal justice reform.

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

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Eric Garner, Cameras, and Police Brutality

By Chidike Okeem

Although it is true that cameras on police officers will not guarantee justice for victims of police brutality, cameras are still worth every single dime spent on them. Cameras will inevitably impeach the phantasmagoric stories that immoral police officers create to justify their maiming and murder of black citizens. Cameras may not fix the severely broken American criminal justice system, but if they manage to stymie the proliferation of preposterous white supremacist fables about blacks who react to taking bullets as Popeye reacts to eating spinach, they will serve an important societal function.

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Posted: December 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

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Communists, Capitalists, and Ferguson

By Chidike Okeem

After the grand jury verdict that announced Officer Darren Wilson would walk free after shooting and killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown, communists have allegedly taken to the streets of Ferguson, Missouri to encourage “revolution.” As lamentable as this development may be, it is the conduct of capitalists that allows communists the vacancy to promote their ideology and falsely behave as though their ideology is beneficial to disenfranchised communities. If capitalists are truly interested in attracting blacks to the capitalistic way of thinking, respecting black lives is a nonnegotiable prerequisite.

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Posted: November 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

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The Artificial Morality of Darren Wilson’s Supporters

By Chidike Okeem

On Monday evening, the grand jury verdict was read and it revealed that the criminal justice system will not be holding Officer Darren Wilson responsible for needlessly killing Michael Brown. Protesting, rioting and looting ensued in Ferguson, Missouri. While rioting and looting cannot be praised by any moral person, it is patently morally evasive for Darren Wilson supporters to focus on those misbehaviors while praising the revolting immorality and violation of the sanctity of life that led to such misbehaviors. Although looting and burning down stores is immoral, it pales in comparison to the immorality of needlessly taking a life. Fans of the murderous cop Darren Wilson are simply using their dramatic displays of moral outrage over the looting and burning of stores as a way to feign possessing moral compasses and obfuscate their obvious moral bankruptcy.

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