David A. Love

Journalist and Commentator


David A. Love

Writer for the Grio, CNN Opinion, Atlanta Black Star, The Progressive, The Philadelphia Citizen, NewsWorks, Morpheus, The Guardian. Adjunct Journalism Instructor. Guest Commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, SiriusXM, CBC News.


Lynching re-emerges in new rhetoric of hate

Love writes for He is a writer and commentator based in Philadelphia. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidALove. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his. (CNN)Over 150 years since the founding of the Ku Klux Klan -- a white supremacist group that unleashed terror against African Americans across the South -- language and images of lynching are re-emerging as tools of violence, intimidation and oppression. Link to Story

David A. Love on Jeff Sessions' reversal of Obama-era drug sentencing policies

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Law & Order in the Sessions/Trump Era


Fight Terrorism Or Control Resources: What’s the Real Reason for U.S.’s Increased Presence In Africa?

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Why are hundreds of Confederate statues still standing?

There are hundreds of Confederate statues left to tear down: It was good to see that New Orleans tore down their Robert E. Lee Statue. But according to the Southern Poverty Law Center there are more than 1,500 Confederate symbols on public property, including 718 statues and monuments honoring Dixie. Link to Story

After shocking N.C. decision, will Clarence Thomas derail the GOP agenda? Link to Story

Louisiana, World Leader In Incarceration, Cannot Pay Its Public Defenders

What becomes of the poor when they are unable to afford access to justice? This question is being put to the test in the state of Louisiana with disastrous results. Although the U.S. Constitution guarantees a right to counsel, too often this does not happen in practice, raising concerns the laws are not worth the paper on which they are written.
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When Trump goes down, GOP should go with him

Know this: Donald Trump is going down. And when he does, he needs to take the entire Republican Party down with him. With the decision by Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel in the investigation of Russian hacking of the election, things are starting to move rather quickly — and not in a good direction for Trump and his people. Link to Story

Trump Creates a ‘Voter Fraud’ Commission, Taps a White Supremacist to Lead It

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Trump’s firing of FBI director Comey: What you need to know Link to Story

The Four Horsemen

Recent headlines focusing on overblown controversies such as whether white allies can participate in Black Lives Matter meetings have helped to obscure the fact that there is a fissure among black leadership in Philadelphia. On the one hand, there’s the old guard civil rights organizations and establishment black clergy; on the other, there’s an emerging protest movement emanating from millennial social justice activists.
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Is Trump throwing the game to escape impeachment or prison time?

Is Donald Trump a madman like Kim Jong Un, or does he just play one on TV? To put it another way: is the president dumb, insane, or is he trying to throw the game — the game in this case being his presidency —to avoid impeachment or, even worse, jail? There are rumblings from Republicans and Democrats alike that President Trump has been acting peculiar and unhinged lately, even by his own standards. Link to Story


David A. Love

David A. Love is a journalist and commentator who writes investigative stories and op-eds on a variety of issues, including politics, social justice, human rights, race, criminal justice and inequality. He is a writer for theGrio, CNN, Atlanta Black Star, The Progressive, The Philadelphia Citizen, Morpheus, NewsWorks, Tribune News Service and In addition, Love's work has appeared in The Nation, The Guardian and HuffPost, and he has been quoted by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, The Atlantic and The New Republic.

Love has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, BBC, SiriusXM and CBC News. He was a producer for Democracy Now! and a contributor to the books, States of Confinement: Policing, Detention and Prisons (2000), A Reader for College Writers, 6th Ed. (2004), At the Tea Party (2010) and Current Controversies: The Death Penalty (2015). Love is also an adjunct instructor at the Rutgers School of Communication and Information, where he trains students in a social justice journalism lab, and edits and publishes student work for the online publication NJ Spark.

In addition to his journalism career, Love has worked as an advocate and leader in the nonprofit sector, served as a legislative aide, and as a law clerk to two federal judges. He holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He also completed the Joint Programme in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford.