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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

  • A spirit in turmoil

    A spirit in turmoil

    I went home to Georgia for a family reunion over the weekend, to the town about which a newspaper article published in 1972 began: "Social Circle, Ga., hotbed of Ku Klux Klan activity in North Georgia, is a tense, armed camp this week as blacks prepare to resist further white terrorism that has...

  • 'Stay woke,' Baltimore

    'Stay woke,' Baltimore

    "Justice," according to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, "is a process, not a verdict." People who have had little reason to expect justice, based on their own experiences and those of their relatives, friends and neighbors, are familiar with process. It is justice that is unrecognizable — especially...

  • Sowing hate under the guise of Christianity

    Sowing hate under the guise of Christianity

    After a horrific event such as the massacre of so many people in Orlando Sunday morning, reactions ricochet all over the place, with outrage and sorrow chief among them. Threatening to overcome them all is a strong current of hate born of fear and uncertainty. The elevation of hate, often commented...

  • Don't shirk civic duty during the lazy days of summer

    Don't shirk civic duty during the lazy days of summer

    If Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, a season for frivolity, it could also mean several months of postponing some serious decision-making as we focus on the great outdoors, crab feasts, family reunions and dream vacations. Before we tune out, keep in mind that there is no more...

  • Baltimore elections: 'stuff happens' isn't good enough

    Baltimore elections: 'stuff happens' isn't good enough

    Back in 2000, the state of Florida became an international laughingstock over its difficulties tallying ballots. Baltimore has escaped that ignominy so far this year only because the fate of a presidential election is not in the balance. But the difficulty of its elections specialists in tallying...

  • A basketball in one hand and a BB gun in the other

    A basketball in one hand and a BB gun in the other

    There was not fire this time. Rather there's been an eerily muted response since a plainclothes detective shot a fleeing 14-year-old boy whose fake gun he mistook for the real thing in East Baltimore a week ago. The boy, Dedric Colvin, was treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital for gunshot wounds to...

  • Altering Baltimore's narrative through art

    Altering Baltimore's narrative through art

    As we mark the anniversary of our worst of times, I have heard many people say with varying degrees of disgust, disappointment or despair that nothing has really changed since Freddie Gray died and peaceful protest turned to violence last April. For sure, no one has invented a magic wand to make...

  • Will Md.'s 'newly enfranchised' shake up the election?

    Will Md.'s 'newly enfranchised' shake up the election?

    Back in March, when the way was paved for felons on parole and probation to register the vote, their biggest advocates envisioned the possibility of tens of thousands of civic-minded prodigal sons and daughters swelling the voting rolls. Wouldn't that be the ultimate peaceful protest heard 'round...

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