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.


What is the price tag on a Black life?

Do Black lives have a price tag attached to them? Are Black people reduced to a dollar amount as the ultimate value of their bodies? The police departments who take Black lives seem to think so, and in their eyes, our value is very low. In New York, the mother of Ron Singleton, a man who died in police custody in 2014, received a $1.25 million settlement. Link to Story

Children committing hate crimes reflect our society Link to Story

Inside Story - Will Donald Trump last through his first full term as US president?

Will Donald Trump last through his first full term as US president? There has not been a dull moment in the White House since US President Donald Trump took office. In the past eight months there's been a series of executive orders and a string of high profile departures. Yet the president insists there is "no chaos" in his administration.
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Essay: Now is the time for Americans to redefine patriotism

"One of the great attractions of patriotism — it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous." With increasing evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians to influence the 2016 election, and Russian infiltration in the Republican Party, the NRA, and the American Right, accusations of treason are bubbling to the surface.
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The New States’ Rights

The term “states’ rights” often conjures up images of Jim Crow segregation and the Civil Rights movement, of governors, sheriffs and local officials who abuse their power and violate the rights of their citizens. In the past, under those circumstances, we’ve turned to the federal government as a last resort to protect our rights from oppressive state and local governments.
The Philadelphia Citizen Link to Story

Law & Order in the Sessions/Trump Era


Proportional Representation Could Open Door to More Black Political Power

With the debate over gerrymandering making its way through the Supreme Court, and voter suppression very much a reality, the issue of fair representation for Black people remains in need of solutions. This as the Voting Rights Act has been defanged of its enforcement mechanisms, and the rights of Black voters remain compromised.
Atlanta Black Star Link to Story

The Black Community Must Come to Terms With the Problem of Bullying

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Black people lose in Trump’s war on healthcare

Unable to eliminate Obamacare with a Republican-controlled Congress, President Donald Trump is going after his predecessor’s signature program, dismantling the health care law by executive action. Trump is waging a war on healthcare, and Black people are among its casualties. The president’s executive order ends the critical estimated $7 billion in subsidies to insurers so that millions of low-income Americans are able to afford coverage. Link to Story

FBI Warns of ‘Black Identity Extremists’, As White Supremacists and Mass Shooters Run Rampant

In an example of curious timing, when white mass shooters and white supremacist terror groups have captured national attention in Charlottesville, Las Vegas and elsewhere, the FBI has focused its priorities on what it calls “Black Identity Extremists” or the BIE movement. The government agency claims there is a terror threat from BIEs, who it claims target acts of violence against police officers in retaliation for acts of police abuse against African-Americans.
Atlanta Black Star Link to Story

In a Country of White Domestic Terrorist, the NRA Wants to Make Sure They Are Not Labeled As Such

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Why isn’t America afraid of white men?

The Las Vegas massacre is the worst mass shooting in modern American history, and the shooter is white. A parody David Letterman account couldn’t have put it better: Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was NOT a “lone wolf”, he was NOT “mentally ill”, he was a TERRORIST. End white privilege today. This was an act of domestic terrorism that authorities and certain news outlets refuse to categorize as such. 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 Philadelphia Citizen, NewsWorks, The Progressive, Morpheus 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, CBC News and ABC News Radio (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 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.