As the religion of “Wokism” continues to grow, censor and demand sacrifice in the form of shame-induced public apologies at its altar, former leftist-turned-conservative podcasters are unashamedly seeking to question his ubiquitous stories.
“We see young people growing up with the mindset they need to narrow down to race, gender and their sexuality,” Amala Ekpunobi, host of the “Unapologetic” podcast, told The Epoch Times. “These three very superficial identities have become so central to how people present themselves and whether they are viewed as victims or champions. The further we go down this false narrative, the more we oppress them and nurture a culture of victimization that is simply unsustainable.
Ekpunobi found herself a voice on the conservative media platform PragerU (University of Prager) with her podcast after her leftist worldview began to crumble under the scrutiny of her own critical thinking.
“I think the most difficult issue for me was racing,” Ekpunobi said. “I grew up in a white family. I am biracial. My father is Nigerian and my mother, who works for the political left, is white.
As a child, Ekpunobi aligned with her mother’s views, becoming an activist throughout middle school and high school, she said, until she became a paid activist after graduating.
“A New Journey”
It was then that she began to observe the hypocrisy within the organization, she said.
“I’ve heard a lot of anti-white racism behind the walls of this organization,” she said.
Ekpunobi confronted the organizers about it, asking how they could claim to be tolerant anti-racists when they were making racist comments themselves.
“I was told that I just didn’t know how downtrodden I was and that it wasn’t their fault that I wasn’t angry, but that I should be because of the way which I was treated in this country,” Ekpunobi said.
From there, Ekpunobi searched for ideas that didn’t reinforce but challenge her preconceptions, she said.
She discovered social theorists and commentators such as Thomas Sowell and PragerU co-founder Dennis Prager, she said, which for her “started a new journey,” she said. declared.
“I always grew up with the idea that white people carried these inherent biases and were part of a structure of oppression that worked against me whether they knew it or not,” Ekpunobi said. “So it was really hard there towards the end to justify having those opinions and then going home to a family that cared for me.”
“I was becoming more and more conservative”
The worldview is limiting and distorted, Ekpunobi explained, and it robs young people of their opportunity to thrive in life and a vision of a future in which they can choose from a wide range of vocations, unlimited by race and sex.
After leaving the left, Ekpunobi also quit political conversation to pursue nursing studies, she said.
“I did that for a while, but in the background I was getting more and more conservative,” Ekpunobi said.
The view from the conservative angle presented a new problem, she said, as the majority of media platforms aim to cultivate a liberal mindset, even on seemingly insignificant social media apps. such as TikTok.
“The app has a ‘For You’ page that displays content based on my demographics, and it was sending me videos with a liberal political message,” she said. “This is a platform for millions of impressionable young people, and they’re all getting similar content.”
To provide an alternative message, Ekpunobi made her own videos in which she discussed her journey and how she came to her conservative belief system.
“Out of nowhere, they just exploded and some of them landed on PragerU’s desk,” she said. “They reached out to me, took me to LA to tell my story, and offered me this job.”
On “Unapologetic,” Ekpunobi examines current affairs, pop culture, and social issues through a rational lens in an effort to make sense of what is becoming a social climate of irrationality that has infected too many facets of life.
One of the main problems, Ekpunobi said, is the lack of open discourse.
“When I started making these political videos with conservative takes, they were met with a lot of hate and censorship,” she said. “If the dissenting ideas of awakening that we are currently experiencing are not available, awakening will thrive. That’s why we need to foster conversations, especially with people who have different values and beliefs.
Like Ekpunobi, ex-Democrat Judith Rose’s shift from revival to revival came after an investigation into her own programming and sources.
For Rose, it started in 2020 when, just as media stories didn’t add up on the outside, her own personal stories didn’t make sense on the inside.
“I hadn’t been to a great place in my life, so I think that had a lot to do with why I was taking on the lineup before that,” Rose said. “I think a lot of our grassroots social movements today are capitalizing on people’s mental illness.”
Similar to how Ekpunobi got noticed by PragarU, Rose made a TikTok video in which she addressed her transformational belief system, which she described as “the hardest pill to swallow this century.”
It went viral and she found herself in the media spotlight, giving several interviews on alternative media platforms throughout a six month period in 2020.
“I take the air without even realizing that I was drowning”
Rose had begun to see an agenda behind every message broadcast by mainstream media, she said, and those messages seemed to make people sick.
Instead of clinging to old ideas that have stopped working, she has sought to change her perspective by listening to other viewpoints, like conservatives, she said.
“I had to admit I was wrong on a lot of issues and reexamine things,” she said. “I’ve had to do it a few times over the past two years, so it’s been quite the journey.”
It wasn’t just about looking for new ideas, but also about making changes in her own life, she said.
“It wasn’t fun,” she said. “People I thought were my friends contacted me to say I looked like I was going crazy. People around me, I just didn’t align anymore.
However, for Rose, she said she had never felt so sane.
“I feel a lot better than before because it’s like I’m getting some air without even realizing I’m drowning,” Rose said. “It’s weird to understand so many perspectives at once. A lot of people feel disconnected when this happens to you, and they don’t see you the same way because you don’t see them the same way.
“It’s very Orwellian”
Like Ekpunobi’s finding that TikTok curated stories for particular demographics, Rose observed that, just as she had been in her own life, some websites were radicalizing people into believing and behaving differently. in a way that was not in line with reality.
“Even after leaving social media, I could see that I was being radicalized through fake news media that creates these emotional and opinion-based headlines,” she said. “That’s what was happening to me: I had flipped through those headlines and based my opinions on them.”
What passes for so much education and news, Rose said, is actually propaganda designed as a component of manipulative social experiments with the end goal of dehumanizing and controlling people.
“People are introduced to ideas that they would normally have no reason to look at, and then there’s this mechanism that adopts new terms and changes language,” she said. “It’s very Orwellian, and it’s very disturbing.”
A spiritual disease
Rose also observed what she believed to be not just a mental illness, but a spiritual illness behind the “extreme emotional reactions” in herself and others when their ideologies clashed with opposing viewpoints.
“I had to sit down and admit that I was too angry and didn’t understand why,” Rose said. “I had to do a lot of meditation, reach out to God and say, ‘Hey, I don’t understand this world, can you help me?'”
By acknowledging and addressing the spiritual side of her journey, Rose said she was finally able to achieve wellness that brought clarity.
“I had this meditation during which I felt like a weight had lifted,” she said. “Suddenly I was more levelheaded and ready to move on with my life.”
Old beliefs turned around, perceptions changed and her discernment increased, she said.
“I don’t know how it happened, but I thank God for it,” she said.
From this new place in her life, Rose said she believes there is a system that works against the human race with the intent to divide and conquer.
“A voice of reason”
Since her shift, Rose said she feels called to share her ideas on her platform, which includes her podcast, “Questioning Everything.”
On her podcast, she doesn’t hesitate to tackle the more esoteric and supernatural subjects covered by journalists like the late Jim Marrs and relate them to the news.
“I’m just trying to be a voice of reason to help people keep asking questions and discussing things so we don’t all feel so crazy and alone,” Rose said. “That’s been the main focus of my platform: to let people know, ‘Hey, it’s not just you. I see it too.