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

  • 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...

  • Reflection and renewal 50 years after Kerner report, King assassination

    Reflection and renewal 50 years after Kerner report, King assassination

    Despite the winter storm that passed through Friday, we march forth toward spring — a time for reflection as much as for renewal. And there will be a lot of that this year, the 50th anniversary of a transformative time in our nation: 1968. Since January, when we marked the 89th birthday of the...

  • 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...

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