David A. Love

Professor, Journalist and Commentator


David A. Love

Journalism and Media Studies Professor, Rutgers University. Writer for theGrio, First Boulevard, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, CNN Opinion. Guest Commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, WURD.


‘White man’s war, Black man’s fight’: Black soldiers paid heavy price in Afghanistan Link to Story

Residential schools were a key tool in America’s long history of Native genocide

The recent discovery of unmarked mass graves of 1,300 Indigenous children buried in five former residential schools has forced Canada to come to grips with a legacy of cultural and physical genocide against Native people. In the 19th and 20th centuries, 150,000 children were separated from their families, language and culture and placed in 150 government-funded residential schools.
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UN visit to America reminds us that anti-Black racism is a human rights issue

OPINION: America always wanted to keep its Black people problem a domestic civil rights issue rather than an international human rights issue that opens up the “land of the free” to scrutiny. The Biden administration has invited human rights and racism experts from the United Nations to come to the U.S. to investigate racism against Black people. Link to Story

If Biden and Democrats think Black people will repeat 2020, think again

OPINION: Black people cannot save a party unwilling to use the power Black people gave them in the first place. President Joe Biden and the Democrats are in power, with control of the White House and both chambers of Congress thanks to Black voters. Meanwhile, the Dems are having a debate among themselves over whether they should use their power and pass legislation to combat GOP voter suppression and gerrymandering, or flush it all down the toilet and tell Black voters to out-organize themselves — and the Democratic Party — out of this mess. Link to Story

Before the anti-CRT activists, there were White Citizens’ Councils

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Black boogeyman syndrome explains media coverage of ‘Rise of Moors’ vs. Patriot Front

OPINION: In a country that cannot control its white supremacy problem, an existential threat to this nation's multiracial democracy, the focus is always on the Black boogeyman. Six months after a mob of white folks tried to take over the federal government, white right-wing domestic terrorism remains the greatest threat to America. Link to Story

Time to reexamine Frederick Douglass’ ‘What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?’

OPINION: In a nation in denial over systemic racism, freedom is elusive for the descendants of the enslaved. On this Fourth of July, a day of independence for some but not for Black people, there is no better time to reflect on Frederick Douglass’ speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”. Link to Story

Juneteenth federal holiday is a start, but Black America isn’t free

Opinion: While we should not trivialize the symbolism of a federal Juneteenth holiday, it is no substitute for federal legislation that would help make Black people truly free. The good news is that Juneteenth is a federal holiday. The bad news is that Black people still need that freedom, which a June 19 celebration fails to provide. Link to Story

What you need to know about Juneteenth

Juneteenth, which takes place June 19th and combines the words “June” and “Nineteenth,” is our Black Independence Day. The holiday commemorates the emancipation of Black people and the end of our enslavement in America on June 19, 1865. We had remained property on July 4, 1776. This is a day for us to center ourselves as agents in our own liberation, as we reflect on people such as Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Gabriel Prosser, Nat Turner, 200,000 Black Union soldiers, and others who fought and died to get us free.
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Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are a threat to Black Americans Link to Story

White domestic terrorism rules America 100 years after Tulsa Race Massacre Link to Story

Biden can’t name Rahm Emanuel as ambassador because of Laquan McDonald

OPINION: An Ambassador Rahm Emanuel would amount to nothing less than a slap in the face to Black voters who supported Biden, and the Black Lives Matter movement. President Joe Biden reportedly selected Rahm Emanuel, the former Chicago mayor and Obama chief of staff, as his pick for U.S. Ambassador to Japan. Link to Story


David A. Love

David A. Love is a professor, 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 CNN, The Appeal, theGrio, First Boulevard, Al Jazeera and In addition, Love's work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Nation, The Guardian and HuffPost, and he has been quoted by The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, The Atlantic and The New Republic.

Love has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, BBC, SiriusXM, WURD, CBC News and ABC News Radio (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). He was a producer for Democracy Now! and a contributor to the books, Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 (2021); 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 an 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. He has taught at the Temple University Klein College of Media and Communication in the Media Studies and Production Department.

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.