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

  • 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...

  • What about the black middle class?

    What about the black middle class?

    When public discourse turns to the plight of the middle class, white faces are typically the exemplars. In contrast, when the talk is about social pathologies — at least until the discovery of an opioid crisis — black and brown faces have typically illustrated the problem. But what about the black...

  • You may not like media, but you need them

    You may not like media, but you need them

    Whether it’s the path of major storms, changes in health care plans or how a Hollywood mogul managed to get away with abusing women for decades, when it comes to the big stories of the day, you’re better off having a free and independent press going after the truth come hell or high water. But...

  • Take two knees for a presidential president

    Take two knees for a presidential president

    In the face of carnage left by one man who deliberately ended and upended the lives of thousands of people in Las Vegas Sunday night, we can conclude, as did a performer who had been on stage before the sniper fire began, “This world is sick.” We mourn. That is something we as a country have become...

  • We are responsible for the balance of history

    We are responsible for the balance of history

    I recently heard a well-intended white person explaining that she had to try to understand black people’s general wariness about police because she always assumed that the police were the good guys. I thought about what a wonderful privilege that is because, even if you are a law-abiding child...

  • Spirit of neighborliness in America post-Harvey

    Spirit of neighborliness in America post-Harvey

    As much as anything that may be said to be undeniably American, is the spirit of neighborliness that is evident at times of crisis, most notably when the nation is threatened from abroad, a la 9/11, and when Mother Nature reminds us who is boss, a la Hurricane Harvey. The deluge that followed Harvey...

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