David Love

David A. LoveBlackCommentator.com Executive Editor, David A. Love, JD, is a lawyer and journalist based in Philadelphia, and a contributor to the Progressive Media Project, McClatchy-Tribune News Service, In These Times and Philadelphia Independent Media Center. He contributed to the book, States of Confinement: Policing, Detention, and Prisons (St. Martin's Press, 2000). Love is a former Amnesty International UK spokesperson, organized the first national police brutality conference as a staff member with the Center for Constitutional Rights, and served as a law clerk to two Black federal judges. His blog is davidalove.com.

As Black Churches Burn

Black Churches Burn

David Love: The recent rash of black church burnings have many African-Americans wondering if this marks a resurgence of the nation’s original terrorists — white supremacists.

Confederate Flag, Dylann Roof: Symptoms, Not the Disease

South Carolina Confederate Flag

David Love: Ultimately we must focus on systemic racism, the pervasive forms of racial oppression that plague our economy, the education system, law enforcement and the judicial system. And if we ignore this painful reality, then we are merely opting for symbolism rather than real change.

Why Do White Supremacist Biker Gangs Get a Media Pass?

Waco Shooting

ine dead. Eighteen injured. Nearly 200 arrested. But apparently, not much to see here. Looking at the media coverage of the May 17 mass murder among Texas motorcycle gangs, you would get the impression that it is not a big deal. Rival gangs started shooting at each other, and at the police, outside the Twin […]

Has Social Media Spawned a New Civil Rights Movement?

Black Lives Matter Meme

View image | gettyimages.com he revolution will not only be televised, but apparently it will be uploaded, downloaded, streamed, posted and tweeted as well. What America has been witnessing—from the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida and Mike Brown in Ferguson, to Eric Garner in Staten Island, Walter Scott in North Charleston and Freddie Gray […]

What, Black “Leaders” Have to Agree on Everything?

Dyson Criticizes West

Dyson vs. West: Black ‘leaders’ have never agreed on everything – and that’s OK an’t we all just get along? Better yet, when it comes to black intellectuals, can’t we agree to disagree? After all, it’s not as if black leaders and thinkers always have agreed on everything. In an extensive essay in The New […]