New Article at Hip Hop Republican

Posted: February 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

Dr. Carter G. Woodson and Black History Month

By Chidike Okeem

Eminent black historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson started Negro History Week in 1926, which intended to redress the lack of attention paid to black achievement in society and in academia. This later morphed into Black History Month. However, Black History Month, as it exists today, is a lukewarm version of what Woodson envisaged. Woodson wanted Negro History Week to be a celebration of black achievement, history, and culture. However, looking at the tepid practice of Black History Month today, one would be excused for erroneously believing that the bulk of black historical achievements began in the 1950s.

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Scott Walker’s Lack of a College Degree Matters

Posted: February 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: VOC Essays | 39 Comments »

The notion that America should accept a president in the 21st century who does not possess a baccalaureate degree is beyond absurdity. The fact that some conservatives are trying to make criticisms of Walker’s lack of a college degree about snobbery and elitism, rather than him not meeting a perfunctory expectation of the Leader of the Free World, only goes to show the embarrassing way in which anti-intellectualism is treated as a sought-after virtue within mainstream conservatism.

There is an alarming number of people in America with graduate degrees who are incapable of finding jobs commensurate with their educational attainment and, in some cases, finding jobs at all. At a time when this is occurring, it would be monumentally absurd to elect someone who couldn’t be bothered to finish college to the highest office in the land. If the highest office in the land, and indeed the most important job in the world, can be whimsically occupied by someone who couldn’t be bothered to find the time to finish his undergraduate education, then what is the point of anyone slogging through college and earning a degree? Are those who suggest that college dropouts should be routinely considered for the office of President of the United States arguing that the presidency is less tasking or important than the plurality of jobs listed on Craigslist that specify only holders of a baccalaureate degree should apply?

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New Article at Change the Game

Posted: January 28th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

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Conservatives and Ethnic Diversity

By Chidike Okeem

Whenever presented with the idea of ethnic diversity, mainstream conservatives often retort with the superficial expression, “We don’t necessarily need ethnic diversity, but we need diversity of thought.” The reason why this fraudulent aphorism is used is because mainstream conservatives like to present the narrative that their ideology has been unfairly shut out of all the cultural arenas of importance in America. While this is a glib rhetorical comeback, mainstream conservatives must understand that their own argument can be used against them. You cannot realistically champion diversity of thought while continuously dismissing any comment that does not align with right-wing talk radio orthodoxy as the leftist blathering of a RINO.

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New Article at Change the Game

Posted: January 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

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Is America a Leftist Nation?

By Chidike Okeem

The conventional wisdom of the American right is that liberals are winning the culture war because they control the mainstream media and malign conservatives unfairly. This argument does not consider the copious ways in which mainstream conservatives work overtime to make their ideology as unpalatable to non-traditional audiences as possible. Yes, liberals are winning the culture war. However, as far as American politics is concerned, it is simply an uncomfortable truth that liberals are doing a much better job of winning public debates and appealing to the diverse American electorate. By contrast, conservatives are much more concerned with posturing and appealing to the most extreme elements on the far right. Conservatives are trained to see ethnic diversity as the political equivalent of a metastasizing cancer.

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New Article at Change the Game

Posted: January 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

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Romney in 2016 = GOP Suicide

By Chidike Okeem

The start of 2015 means that the field for the presidential election that is set to occur next year is starting to form. Interestingly, according to reports, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney wants to run again, after winning the Republican nomination in 2012 and losing the general election to the incumbent office holder. If Romney wins the Republican nomination again, it would say more about the Republican Party than it would about Romney. A Republican Party that decides to take a third presidential run by Romney seriously would prove that it is not interested in being a governing party. Moreover, if Romney wins the nomination in 2016, Republicans cannot realistically complain about being called the party of plutocrats.

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