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

  • Trump imperils democracy

    Trump imperils democracy

    Someone tried to explain to me the other day that World War II was more tangible to people than World War I, which ended 100 years ago at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918. But for me, WWI has greater significance, if for no other reason than that it was sold to the American people as a war to make the...

  • No excuses, people: Vote while you can

    No excuses, people: Vote while you can

    Say what you will about Maryland, but be thankful this is not North Carolina or Texas or the state of my birth, Georgia. Here voting is generally encouraged. In other places, officials are outdoing themselves creating ways to keep people — especially those likely to vote for Democrats — as far...

  • Trump prefers the 'alternate universe' of Kanye West

    Trump prefers the 'alternate universe' of Kanye West

    They were known as “the Big Four” back in 1958, and after a White House meeting with President Dwight Eisenhower this headline in the news magazine JET captured their mood: “Negro Leaders Say President ‘Lacks Grasp’ Of Race Problem.” Back then the president knew that to gauge some semblance of...

  • An 'encouraging' and 'gut-wrenching' week for women — especially black women

    An 'encouraging' and 'gut-wrenching' week for women — especially black women

    Just about everywhere I’ve been over the last week, I’ve run into people who are trying desperately to make sense of what we had just seen: a once beloved actor, Bill Cosby, being led away to prison in handcuffs after being sentenced for a sexual assault that took place decades ago and a U.S. Senate...

  • 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...

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