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

  • What if 'Black Panther's' Wakanda were real?

    What if 'Black Panther's' Wakanda were real?

    Ah, Wakanda. Please bear with me, and millions of other moviegoers, as we relish the thought of that mythical land on the African continent that is more advanced than any other place on earth. Just let me savor that fantasy of an Africa, rich in natural resources as it is in reality, but an Africa...

  • Law enforcement on trial in Baltimore and D.C.

    Law enforcement on trial in Baltimore and D.C.

    The Baltimore City Police Department is its own worst enemy. Those at the top speak about protecting and serving while — through winks-and-nods or sheer incompetence — they condone those in the rank and file who are all about self-serving and terrorizing. And in Washington, an increasingly desperate...

  • Lessons from the Trump era: You have the power to resist

    Lessons from the Trump era: You have the power to resist

    Even the slowest of learners has had ample time in the last year to absorb the lessons of the Trump presidency. The 45th president of the United States can be relied upon to exalt the most base instincts in people whose support he courts. He can also be relied upon to do that at the expense of...

  • Media miss Oprah's point, and the movement's

    Media miss Oprah's point, and the movement's

    When Oprah commands us to pay attention, many of us do. And so it was Sunday night when, at the first of the season’s gatherings of celebrities celebrating themselves, she embraced the cause of “all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children...

  • Death, destruction and ‘joie de vivre,’ in the Christmas season

    Death, destruction and ‘joie de vivre,’ in the Christmas season

    Sometimes the Christmas season can feel like the 6 o’clock news, full of death and disaster. Just as I was leaving Baltimore for Georgia on Thursday, Donte Crawford, a troubled young man who’d been featured in this newspaper’s series on the impact of violence on the city’s children, became one...

  • Remembering the past, while living in the moment

    Remembering the past, while living in the moment

    On Sunday, I heard a well-educated black woman in her 30s talk of recently traveling to Harper’s Ferry, W. Va. My ears immediately perked up when she uttered those words. That’s where the abolitionist John Brown led a raid in 1859. But, no, she had not gone to Harper’s Ferry for that. In fact,...

  • As their time runs out, the Roy Moores of the world wreak havoc

    As their time runs out, the Roy Moores of the world wreak havoc

    When a white woman riding in an Uber heard the news over the radio that Britain’s Prince Harry was engaged to a black woman, she shrieked, “He couldn’t find anyone white!” When the driver, a black woman who recounted the incident to me a few fares later, coolly looked at her, the woman stammered...

  • A moment and movement of courage in America

    A moment and movement of courage in America

    With both the outing of sexual predators and the call for a cessation of violence in Baltimore catching fire as movements, one must marvel at the courage on view before us — even as the naysayers and the doubters and the haters vie for attention. Whether one is stepping into the light about painful...

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