New Essay at Hip Hop Republican

Posted: August 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays/Articles | 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/Articles | 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/Articles | 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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New Article at The Washington Times Communities

Posted: December 13th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays/Articles | No Comments »

Nelson Mandela and juvenile conservatism

By Chidike Okeem

CALIFORNIA, December 13, 2013 — Nelson Mandela, one of the most important historical figures of the 20th century, died last week at the ripe old age of 95. While the vast majority of the world mourns the death of this legendary figure, American conservatives have largely found themselves attempting to trash Mandela’s prolific legacy.

Many conservatives continue to point out that Mandela aligned with communists. They observe that Mandela, at one point in his lengthy and complex public life, advocated violence as a means of achieving the goal of liberating South African blacks, who lived miserably under the dictatorial thumb of white supremacist apartheid rule.

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New Article at The Washington Times Communities

Posted: September 26th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays/Articles | No Comments »

Ted Cruz glorifies Jesse Helms and the Right’s racist tendencies

By Chidike Okeem

CALIFORNIA, September, 26, 2013 – A conservative who publicly opposes Obama’s policies is not courageous just for being oppositional. It’s the expected action of a conservative.

What takes courage as a conservative is standing up to the extremists on the American right who create the political conditions that allowed Obama to win two straight presidential elections.

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