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

  • No Boundaries Coalition among Baltimore's 'many bounties'

    No Boundaries Coalition among Baltimore's 'many bounties'

    Among Baltimore’s many bounties are its legions of residents who will not give up on it no matter how many challenges come our way. They volunteer in schools and recreation centers and facilities for the elderly. They are the neighborhood block watchers. They keep the community associations going....

  • The passing of two greats highlights what's slipping away in America

    The passing of two greats highlights what's slipping away in America

    In the drawn out farewells for two singular Americans, we seem to have been struggling with a loss more profound than the deaths of a singer and a senator. In their passing, we could see how our country is slipping away. As the body politic grows sicker, both Aretha Franklin and Sen. John McCain...

  • If there is hope for West Baltimore, it runs down Pennsylvania Avenue

    If there is hope for West Baltimore, it runs down Pennsylvania Avenue

    I can’t count the number of times well-meaning but unknowing people have warned me to “be careful” when I indicate that I’m going to West Baltimore. I generally laugh because they have no idea how varied and how complex West Baltimore is. One can quickly shift from the trepidatious — like what...

  • Engaging the president

    Engaging the president

    Let’s face the fact that Donald Trump is the president, whether you call him that or No. 45 or, as I heard one young oppositionist say a few days ago, “46 minus 1.” He will be that for some time to come, barring miracles, legal interventions or defeat at the polls in 2020. So what’s to be done...

  • 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...

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