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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New Article at The Washington Times Communities

Posted: August 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays/Articles | No Comments »

50 years after MLK, the sociological absurdity of assimilation

By Chidike Okeem

WASHINGTON, August 28, 2013 – The notion that society functions best when immigrants adhere to the melting pot model of assimilation is one of many absurdist, and alarmingly common, doctrines on race in America.

Advocates of the melting pot model of cultural assimilation persistently cite E pluribus unum—meaning “out of many, one.” This, they argue, calls for a society in which immigrants forsake their cultural roots and adopt one American culture.

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