New Article at Hip Hop Republican

Posted: November 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: VOC Essays | No Comments »

Do Mainstream Conservatives Support Police Brutality?

By Chidike Okeem

One of the principal talking points that is enduringly trotted out by the mainstream conservative movement is that police brutality is not the primary cause of black problems in America. We hear this talking point dutifully repeated by right-wing mouthpieces whenever a story of police brutality against a black male hits the news cycle. However, this talking point is an utterly meaningless straw man that solely exists for conservatives to avoid holding disreputable police officers accountable for their wanton displays of violence against black American citizens. The notion that a negative action has to be the primary cause of trouble in a community in order for it to be a serious issue worthy of being addressed is perfectly illogical.

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New Article at Change the Game

Posted: November 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: VOC Essays | No Comments »

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Black Conservatism and Illegal Immigration

By Chidike Okeem

While it is indisputably accurate for a conservative to believe in the rule of law and oppose illegal immigration, black conservatives must avoid being cajoled into becoming tools used to promote ethnic conflict between black Americans and Hispanic immigrants. Hispanic immigration, whether legal or illegal, should not be a key issue for black conservatives. The fact that some on the black right think it is wise to make black and Hispanic progress a zero-sum game is merely evidence of the addiction that many black conservatives have to mindlessly repeating the talking points of mainstream conservatism.

 

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Posted: November 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: VOC Essays | No Comments »

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Why Should Black Americans Celebrate Mia Love?

By Chidike Okeem

The suggestion that Mia Love’s election as the first black Republican congresswoman is something that should stimulate great jubilation in the hearts of black Americans is utterly preposterous. Indeed, Love’s election is an event as important to black Americans as the announcement of the Album of the Year winner at the recent Country Music Awards. Mia Love was voted in to represent predominantly white citizens in Utah’s 4th congressional district. This may be a huge personal accomplishment for her, but it means nothing to black Americans. The notion that black people ought to be doing gymnastic flips in celebration of this is poppycock.

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New Article at Change the Game

Posted: November 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: VOC Essays | No Comments »

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Liberal Feminism, Street Harassment, and Anti-Blackness

By Chidike Okeem

One of the main liberal feminist causes du jour is the street harassment of women. Although street harassment is an indisputably serious phenomenon that should find no support among respectable and upstanding people, it is absurd to pretend to be blind to the fact that there is an anti-black agenda being promulgated by some anti-street harassment organizations.

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New Article at Change the Game

Posted: October 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: VOC Essays | No Comments »

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Bravery, Politics, and Morality

By Chidike Okeem

The practice of calling people brave for articulating different political positions is more harmful than it is useful. It can be a toxic practice because it puts personalities at the epicenter of attention and diminishes the importance of judging the merit of ideas. It is also used effectively as a tool of manipulation. Far too many people are labeled ‘brave’ as a reward for promoting heinous ideas. What matters most is not the bravery to articulate certain political or social views, but the morality and sensibleness of the positions that people take.

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