New Article at The Washington Times Communities

Obama understands Trayvon’s historical and political importance

By Chidike Okeem

CALIFORNIA, July 22, 2013 — One of the unmistakable points from President Obama’s recent speech on race in America is that, unlike his lamentably myopic political opponents, Obama recognizes Trayvon Martin’s historical and political importance.

Obama is aware of the fact that the shooting death of Trayvon Martin will be a significant part of both his story as president and of 21st century civil rights history. Given that Obama frivolously comments on many different news stories, he knew that he cannot, as the first black President of the United States, be visibly absent on an issue that has caused so much pain in the black community.

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New Article at Hip Hop Republican

The Black Conservative Intellectual Civil War

By Chidike Okeem

The leftist assessment of the black conservative is that such a person is angered and frustrated at being born black, which leads to the adoption of conservative views in order to compensate for this perceived “congenital deficiency.” While this is a preposterous accusation to make against all black conservatives, it is intellectually dishonest to pretend as though this characterization of the black right came into existence wholly out of left field. Indubitably, there are some black conservatives whose proclamations and behaviors lend credence to the stereotypical leftist view of black conservatives.

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New Article at ‘The Washington Times Communities’

Margaret Thatcher and black conservatism

By Chidike Okeem

CALIFORNIA, April 9, 2013 —On April 8, 2013, Margaret Thatcher, the first female prime minister of Britain, died after a stroke at the age of 87. Among many accomplishments, she was an influential force in winning the Cold War, and she helped to arrest the tentacles of socialism in Britain with her inspiring advocacy of the free market-based doctrine of Thatcherism. Her rise from being a grocer’s daughter to being one of the most powerful women in political history is an irrefutable testament to the elevating power of capitalism. As a result of her formidable debating skills, alluring personality, and powerful leadership, Thatcher is one of the greatest prime ministers in British history—and certainly one of the most influential world leaders of the 20th century.

However, no leader is perfect, and Thatcher has a number of troubling parts about her tenure as prime minister. The immoral sympathy she showed for the racist apartheid regime in South Africa is a glaring, indelible stain on her record. Thatcher notably referred to members of the African National Congress (ANC) as terrorists, which current British prime minister, David Cameron, has since apologized for. Despite working to destroy the immoral Soviet Union, Thatcher helped to prop up an equally immoral system in South Africa.

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New Article at ‘Hip Hop Republican’

Remembering Chinua Achebe

By Chidike Okeem

On Thursday, March 21st, 2013, the world lost an intellectual heavyweight in Professor Chinua Achebe. He died at the age of 82. Commonly regarded as the father of African literature because of his development of the field, Achebe penned many significant books—most influential of these being Things Fall Apart, a 1958 novel that examined the manifold effects of British colonialism on the culture of the Igbo tribe in southeastern Nigeria. At the point of Achebe’s death, he was a professor of English at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Most remarkable about Achebe’s life is the fact that his extraordinary pen and sui generis literary talent took him from the provincial African town of Ogidi to the hallowed halls of the Ivy League as a professor. Achebe excelled during his early educational pursuits and had such a virtuoso grasp of the English language that he earned the nickname “Dictionary.” The fact that Achebe’s work continues to be required reading all over the globe—from the primary school level to the graduate school level—makes it difficult to impeach his literary credibility. His rise from obscurity to international prominence is a testament to the lofty heights that can be achieved when tremendous talent is merged with the same level of tremendous devotion to hard work.

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*UPDATE*: Article also posted at The Washington Times Communities

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Readers, you will note that this is first article I have published on a site that isn’t VOICEOFCHID.com in a year! The honest reason for this is because I completely lost the motivation to do freelance writing for other websites, especially since my views on issues like Trayvon Martin, race, and Mitt Romney stood out like a sore thumb against other conservative writers. (Of course, I was right, and they were wrong.) If you know me by now, you’ll know I am not the kind of writer to conform to viewpoints with which I vehemently disagree just to be part of the crowd. Sometimes, you need to retreat into your own space and confidently voice your own views. VOICEOFCHID.com provided a safe, quick, and easy platform to write what I really think about issues. A good writer knows his audience, and while I don’t have a problem with making provocative arguments, I am not a troll, so I would never want to troll other websites with my ideas.

As far as my hiatus from writing outside of VOICEOFCHID.com, things are about to change. I’ve signed on as a Communities columnist for The Washington Times! (Read my bio/staff page.) So definitely stay tuned for my columns there. Also, I still have pieces that are exclusive to VOICEOFCHID.com coming soon.