Tribalizing America: The Emerging National Identity Crisis

Okoli, Oliver

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Synopsis: This book is a consciousness raising effort to call attention to the imminent crisis in America's identity and the reality of the implications thereof. It urges America to return to emphasizing a unified people, instead of emphasizing ethnicity and divergent cultures. America's success as a nation, and one like no other, lies in her identity and character. America's identity and character, in turn, lies in successfully maintaining the delicate balance between individual identity and group identity. The foundation of America's essential character is in the belief that individual rights precede and rank above group rights; and that collective individual rights should determine group rights; that group rights should derive from individual rights, not determine them. This is the essence of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, which, perhaps, are the two greatest testaments of democracy in human history. Some people characterize the emerging crisis in America's identity as a sign of inevitable coming of age-the shedding of "quaint modernist idealism", for trendy postmodernist multiculturalism, as borne by the "vehicle" of political correctness, on the road to progress. The author, while recognizing the merits of political correctness, disagrees with this notion, characterizing it as multiculturalism driving the vehicle of political correctness to the terminus of chaos. He believes that there is unnecessary and excessive emphasis on ethnicity and groups in America that threatens to erode the essence of the American citizenship and identity, because it encourages cultural divergence or parallel cultures, hence a "tribal-like" consciousness. This book calls for America's return to ideas and values that have worked and made America successful thus far-a common language instead of multiple languages, individual rights instead of group rights, unified culture instead of parallel cultures. The author warns that if America is to avoid ending up like most

About the Author: Ifezue Okoli is a poet, visionary philosopher, and an opinion leader. He is a history and current affairs enthusiast, an avid reader, blogger, and debater. Okoli is a social commentator, inclined to objective point of view. He is the founder of TalkingGong.com - a social utility that enables people around the world to share their issues and views, with the goal of facilitating a better understanding of one another and fostering world peace. Okoli also founded The Issuecrier - a web-based commentary on social and political issues. He is a philanthropist and the founder of HelpLink Foundation, a grassroots effort dedicated to practical education of the disadvantaged in Chicago and Nigeria. Born and partly raised in a rural community in Nigeria, Okoli had first hand experience with poverty and lack of opportunity. He grew up to become a quintessential entrepreneur. He immigrated to the United States of America in 1991, inspired by the American ideals, the lives and deeds of Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, and Martin Luther King Jr. His sentiment is echoed in Benjamin Franklin's statement: "Where liberty dwells, there is my country". Okoli was educated in Nigeria and the United States. He attended Nigeria's premier university, the University of Ibadan, in Western Nigeria, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree. On coming to the United States, he studied briefly at Harold Washington College and Northwestern University College, both in Chicago, Illinois, where he studied Computer Science. Before immigrating to the United States, Okoli lived in a multicultural society, has seen and known the evils of tribalism - the prejudice and the devastation of the civil conflicts it breeds, the tribalized and nepotistic nature of the society, which engender a culture of entrenched corruption, infighting, failed leaderships, and a failing democracy. He lived through a bitter and bloody civil war; a war he clearly attributes to the problems of tribalism (multiculturalism

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