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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

  • 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...

  • Making shooters 'outcasts' in Baltimore

    Making shooters 'outcasts' in Baltimore

    Not the president’s latest pronouncements on international affairs nor that majestic solar event Monday should eclipse the fact that we still have a problem with guns and violence in Baltimore. As of Monday morning there had been about 15 more fatalities since the end of a ceasefire organized by...

  • Wrongs aren't addressed until they happen to whites

    Wrongs aren't addressed until they happen to whites

    If you live long enough, you become aware of this inconvenient truth: Bad things have to happen to white people before there is a groundswell of support for righting wrongs that people of color have suffered for years without sufficient redress. Roland Martin, the host of a daily news show on the...

  • Are judges really to blame for Baltimore violence?

    Are judges really to blame for Baltimore violence?

    Does it really come down to the judges? Should blame for repeat felons with access to guns and the temperament to use them be laid at the feet of the men and women in robes? Gov. Larry Hogan thinks that is “a huge part of the problem.” He cites the same statistics the police commissioner does about...

  • #BaltimoreCeaseFire effort sad, yet necessary

    #BaltimoreCeaseFire effort sad, yet necessary

    If you don’t have to be on constant alert the way soldiers are as they tread through danger zones, mindful that bullets could come from any direction, then Baltimore can be a lovely city. But for too many Baltimoreans this city might as well be Aleppo in Syria or Kabul in Afghanistan or Mosul in...

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