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David A. Love

David A. Love
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
June 18
David A. Love is the Executive Editor of BlackCommentator.com, where his Color of Law column appears weekly. He is a contributor to the Huffington Post, the Progressive Media Project, McClatchy-Tribune News Service, theGrio, News One, 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 graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He also completed the Joint Programme in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford.

The only thing more remarkable than the news of the Rupert Murdoch hacking-bribery scandal itself is the rate of its unraveling—and Murdoch’s unraveling.  For this international kingmaker and media mogul— who built an empire on yellow journalism and destroying the lives of othe… Read full post »

I thought I would reflect on Father’s Day, not with my standard fare of global social and political analysis, but on a personal note for a change.

Father’s Day has a special significance to me, in a month filled with life’s milestones. After all, my birthday… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JUNE 10, 2011 6:13PM

This Jobs Crisis Is Obama's Kryptonite

Many commentators and observers, including this writer, argued for a far more aggressive and comprehensive strategy from the White House for getting America out of its economic morass.  Obama's team chose a half-hearted, half-assed stimulus package, and the result is what we see today. Don't get… Read full post »

The Food Research and Action Center released a disturbing report about food hardship and hunger in the United States. According to the report, nearly one in five Americans simply does not have enough money to buy food that they and their family need. In 21 states, at least… Read full post »

Recent talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians point to a seemingly dysfunctional and hopelessly intractable process. The construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank has not abated, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected calls by defense minister Ehud Barak to share Jerus… Read full post »

"Them that's got shall get. Them that's not shall lose," as the Billie Holiday song goes. "Yes, the strong gets more while the weak ones fade. Empty pockets don't ever make the grade."

It is a tale of two cities in early twenty-first century America. Wall Street is enjoying hefty bonuses and… Read full post »

As we enter this holiday season, Americans are reminded of the massive suffering that millions of people are experiencing right now, with unemployment, foreclosures, poverty, hunger and homelessness. But Wall Street, which is celebrating a year of record profits, never had it so good. Surely, their b… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 6, 2010 9:48AM

Americans, Your Country Isn't So Great

This is a commentary I was bound to write regardless of the outcome of the midterm election. I start by saying that your country is not so great, Americans. Any discussion of "what went wrong" must be prefaced with that statement. Harsh words, perhaps, but I do not… Read full post »

OCTOBER 23, 2010 9:48PM

Why Would the ADL Honor Rupert Murdoch?

It is a valid question that demands answers. Why would a prominent civil rights organization -- one which is supposedly dedicated to fighting bigotry and discrimination -- present an award to a man whose cable network profits from race-baiting and hatred?

On October 13, the Anti-Defamation League (AD… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 1, 2010 12:56PM

Bishop Long betrays the MLK legacy

Just about everyone knows about the problems facing Bishop Eddie Long, senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. Specifically, there are the four young men who allege that the prominent Atlanta-area pastor coerced them into a sexual relationship, and possibly more waiting in the wings. Th… Read full post »

Well, it appears that some of the nation's leading economists have proclaimed that the recession is over. Of course, these were the best and brightest who failed to warn us of the Great Recession in the first place, but I don't want to sidetrack you with trivialities.

So, let us pop… Read full post »

AUGUST 28, 2010 10:24PM

Capitalism Is Killing Us

The iPhone workers in China are jumping out of buildings on purpose, taking their own lives because they can't take it anymore. These are the deleterious effects of capitalism in the world's second largest economy.

Foxconn, the company that makes the ever-popular iPhone, apparently is a fascistic com… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 13, 2010 9:29AM

The Professional Left Wants Its F.D.R. Now

Although inadvertently perhaps, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs performed a great public service when he complained about the "professional left" that will not give this administration proper credit for its legislative accomplishments. And he insulted a wide swath of the Democratic base in t… Read full post »

The war on drugs has been a war on communities of color, plain and simple. Some people realize that it is time to end a war that has devastated so many people, so many families, and has accomplished little to deal with actual drug addiction. A criminal justice model… Read full post »

Dad and meMicah and Me


June was always a big month in my family.  My father’s birthday, my birthday, Father’s Day, and my parents’  anniversary all jammed into a period of a few weeks. 

Last year’s Father’s Day was a bittersweet one for me, and I imagine… Read full post »

I begin this commentary by looking up the word terrorism.

One dictionary defines terrorism as follows:


The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or

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Let's start out by saying that Arizona's new anti-immigrant law is unconstitutional and cannot stand in any reasonable society. The worst in the nation, the law allows police to stop anyone suspected of being undocumented, and demand proof of citizenship. Those unable to produce documents showing the… Read full post »

Let us explore for a moment the notion that the Catholic Church is a safe haven for criminals -- if not a criminal organization, then at least an organization whose leadership engages in criminality.

Such a topic goes beyond the comfort level of some people because it is interpreted as an attack… Read full post »

When golf giant Tiger Woods made his public apology recently, he said he let a lot of people down. Personally, I cared very little about his personal dalliances and extracurricular activities. With an economic and political crisis afoot in this crumbling empire, it seems that this salacious celebrity… Read full post »

When I heard that ten American missionaries are on trial for kidnapping 33 Haitian children and attempting to take them to an orphanage in the Dominican Republic, I, like most other people, was outraged. But I can't say I was surprised.

To be sure, the thought that some people, whether missionaries or… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 12, 2010 8:31PM

Haiti Reminds Us of the Poverty at Home

It is unfortunate that it took an earthquake to put the spotlight back on poverty in Haiti. To be sure, the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that leveled Port-au-Prince would have been devastating under any circumstances. But the people of Haiti have been suffering for years. The difference is that no one ca… Read full post »

JANUARY 15, 2010 10:08AM

A State of Perpetual War

In the George Orwell classic 1984, there is a state of perpetual war between the nations of Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia. The enemy in the conflict is ambiguous, and the battlefield exists in an elusive and distant land. The enemy could be Eurasia one day, and Eastasia the next… Read full post »
DECEMBER 31, 2009 10:15AM

Micah Love is here!

Micah Amir Katz Love 

Micah Amir Katz Love was born on December 30, 2009 at 5:28am, 6 lbs. 8 oz. Micah Amir is named for his older brother Ezra Malik, born sleeping August 30,2008, and his paternal grandfather Albert C. Love, who passed away June 28,2009. Micah means "who resembles God?" or "resembling God"… Read full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2009 12:07PM

New York's Juvenile Prisons Are a Crime

If you can judge a society by the way it treats its children, then New York fails in a big way. In fact, the Empire State should be found guilty of child abuse and neglect.

The New York Times recently reported on the deplorable state of New York's juvenile justice system. Gov./Read full post »

DECEMBER 13, 2009 8:47PM

Four ways Tiger trapped himself

The following is a recent appearance I made on MSNBC to discuss Tiger Woods' troubles.  The link to the article I wrote on the subject is here.



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