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Posted: January 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

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Bill O’Reilly, Tendentious Statistics, and Police Brutality

By Chidike Okeem

Earlier this week on his prime time cable news show, Bill O’Reilly argued that African Americans commit crimes at a wildly disproportionate rate to the black presence in the U.S. population. He pointed out that blacks are 14 percent of the U.S. population but commit 47 percent of police killings. He also noted that blacks are six times more likely to kill cops than non-blacks. While O’Reilly’s statistics may be technically accurate, they are clearly designed to mislead the public about the threat that blacks pose to police officers and to excuse police malpractice. Irrespective of crime rates, abusive policing is morally indefensible and a demonstrable violation of all moral standards that should be upheld by a nation that values the rule of law.

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Posted: December 31st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

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Steve Scalise, Republicans, and White Supremacy

By Chidike Okeem

The political scandal du jour is that, in 2002, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) spoke at a conference held by the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO), a white supremacist organization created by the Ku Klux Klan-affiliated David Duke. Scalise is also on the record saying that he agrees with Duke’s “conservative views,” and Duke has referred to Scalise as a “good family man.” Scalise’s main concern about Duke was his lack of electability—not his vile racism. The entire situation is not only a terrible scandal for Scalise, but it is an even more horrific catastrophe for the Republican Party—a party that desperately needs to rebrand in order to remain a viable national movement capable of winning important presidential elections.

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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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