E.R. Shipp

Columnist

E.R. Shipp, a Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary, is the journalist in residence at Morgan State University's School of Global Journalism and Communication. Her column runs every other Wednesday. Email: ershipp2017@gmail.com.

Recent Articles

  • America has a long history of tearing families apart

    America has a long history of tearing families apart

    The craziness emanating from Washington with such heartrending consequences for thousands of immigrants has triggered angry responses, including from people hitherto content to accept anything that President Donald Trump does. He has finally come for a group that even conservative Christian Republicans...

  • Suicide is not just a white calamity

    Suicide is not just a white calamity

    It was once so easy for me to believe that suicide was a white thing, that it was not a calamity about which black people need worry themselves. Like many people I grew up with, we were sure that was one area of black exceptionalism. Indeed, even now, official statistics indicate that the rate...

  • The online lynching of Dawnta Harris

    The online lynching of Dawnta Harris

    The involvement of four black teenagers in the death of a white female police officer in Baltimore County has triggered the kind of response that sets off alarm bells for anyone who knows history — as it should for all of us. As might be expected in a world in which fact and fiction and everything...

  • Black people are just trying to be — let them

    Black people are just trying to be — let them

    Like Billy Taylor (and later Nina Simone) sang more than 50 years ago: “I wish I knew how it would feel to be free.” When a black woman says to her son who’s about to begin a road trip with a buddy, “Be safe, be smart, be responsible! Have fun!” those words are fraught with more meaning than they...

  • Lynching memorial calls on Md. to reckon with past of terrorizing African Americans

    Lynching memorial calls on Md. to reckon with past of terrorizing African Americans

    The recent opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala., calls upon the entire nation to reckon with what too many people would prefer to pretend never happened: decades of terror aimed at blacks through the tool of lynching. A team of dedicated researchers and justice...

  • NAACP poised to lead once again

    NAACP poised to lead once again

    Recently, and for no apparent reason, a cousin of mind wrote this paean to his father: “He's always been the way he is. He keeps his word, has no problem saying no, he never commits to something he can't or won't be able to do. … When I was younger, I didn't appreciate that quality, but I do now....

  • March for Our Lives students share the stage

    March for Our Lives students share the stage

    Fresh-faced hope seasoned with a dash of reality is just what we need right about now as a president betrays thousands of young people brought here illegally as children whom he once promised to help remain in this country. With a mere tweet he voids months of politicking, declaring, “NO MORE DACA...

  • A cautionary tale: 'The Rape of Recy Taylor'

    A cautionary tale: 'The Rape of Recy Taylor'

    When people wonder why it takes some women so long to come forward with their accounts of having been victims of sexual violence, the name Recy Taylor comes to mind. When one considers the courage it takes even now to name perpetrators — Hollywood moguls, state legislators, teachers — again the...

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