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

  • Nate Parker: Separating the art from the man

    Nate Parker: Separating the art from the man

    Nate Parker — actor, director, producer — has created a brilliant film that's set to open in October, "The Birth of a Nation." Publicity for the film has led to publicity about a sordid episode in Mr. Parker's otherwise inspiring biography: He and his co-writer were charged with sexually assaulting...

  • Korryn Gaines advice to her son regarding police: 'You fight them'

    Korryn Gaines advice to her son regarding police: 'You fight them'

    The death of Korryn Gaines is now under the microscope of official investigation and social media deconstruction. But I have been drawn to one aspect of what is now known about the 23-year-old mother of two who held Baltimore County police officers at bay for seven hours last week before they gunned...

  • Election 2016: Who's scarier?

    Election 2016: Who's scarier?

    I have usually dismissed as willfully ignorant and downright irresponsible those people who tune out the news and eschew politics. But as we find ourselves in a pitched battle for the United States presidency, I am beginning to understand them. Each side — the Republicans and the Democrats — is...

  • 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...

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