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.


Deportation of African and Other Black Immigrants Is Quietly Increasing And No One Is Taking Note

Although often not covered in the media, the African immigrant community is facing mass deportations in the era of Donald Trump. While the immigration debate in the U.S. is often framed in terms of undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America on the one hand and the infamous Muslim travel ban on the other, the issue is more complicated.
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Trump’s War on the Press

Presidents railing against the media is nothing new, of course. Richard Nixon called press outlets the “enemy,” while blackballing and intimidating reporters. But even Nixon had nothing on the current occupant of the White House, whose chief adviser, Stephen Bannon, has declared that the media is the “opposition party.”.
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Friend or Foe? Congressional Black Caucus Torn Over Whether to Admit First Afro-Latino to Their Ranks

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The Bully-in-Chief

Apparently Melania Trump doesn’t really do irony. Late in the presidential campaign, she came to Berwyn and vowed to combat online bullying, a promise that seemingly does not extend to her tweeting husband, who is as menacing and powerful a cyberbully as they come. “Our culture has gotten too mean and too violent,” she said in front of a Main Line crowd.
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Congressman Reintroduces Bill to Find Remedies for Reparations; Michael Eric Dyson Has an Option for ‘Woke’ White People

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The Theft Nobody Sees

It’s taking place throughout Philadelphia and across the country, and many people don’t even know it. particularly low wage workers and immigrants—are getting screwed by their employers. Employers are stealing from their employees’ paychecks, skimming off the top, stealing tips, withholding pay, shaving off hours, making illegal deductions, making people work extra hours for free…you name it.
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Silver Lining Or Wishful Thinking?

Call me a hopeless optimist, but, ever since November’s election, I’ve been speaking to local progressives and have been discerning signs of hope. Yes, there remains widespread fear that the violence of the Trump campaign rallies will translate into harmful policies under his administration—policies that will target groups of people and exact violence against them.
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Hundreds of Ethiopian-Israelis Rejecting Mandatory Military Service In Protest of Institutional Racism

In Israel, hundreds of citizens of Ethiopian descent are refusing to serve reserve duty in the Israel Defense Forces, citing racial discrimination by the Israeli government in various state agencies, including the police. As David Sheen reported in the San Francisco Bay View, more than 300 Ethiopian Jews have made the decision to refuse any military order to report for duty, including soldiers from all Israel Defense Forces infantry brigades and specialized commando units.
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‘Getting Respect’: How Different Groups Around The World Deal With Global Racism

How do the oppressed respond to racism and how differently does each group respond depending on the country they live in? The authors of a new book explore the answers to these questions in a thought-provoking work that has implications for studying and addressing discrimination. The interviewees included people who experienced discrimination (“being deprived of resources”) and those who dealt with stigmatizaton (“being assigned low status.”)
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Trump’s Unlikely Friends

It was an election full of surprises, but perhaps the biggest one comes when crunching the voting numbers. Although Trump ran on a platform hostile to women’s reproductive rights, and despite a personal history of verbal and physical assaults on women, he won a majority of white women voters. Further, in spite of the racial violence at his campaign rallies, the raw appeals to white nationalism and racial resentment, and the vow to crack down on communities of color, Trump managed to salvage a small, yet sizable, minority of the African-American male vote.
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How the U.S. Keeps Haiti Poor and Its Refugees Out with Selective, Racist Immigration Policies

As the world’s first Black republic, Haiti holds a special place as the first nation in the Western hemisphere to abolish slavery. Haiti secured its freedom from slavery and colonial oppression over two centuries ago and has been paying the price ever since. Among the poorest countries in the world, Haiti is exploited by governments and corporations alike, while refugees fleeing the Caribbean nation and making their way to the U.S. are subjected to an unfair and racist immigration policy.
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How Standardized Testing Maintains Achievement Gap, Perpetuates Black Self-Doubt and Self-Hatred

Standardized testing has emerged as an important civil rights and racial justice issue. As society examines the institutions and practices that engender and perpetuate racial inequity, exams are not immune from the analysis. From No Child Left Behind and “teaching to the test” in public schools, to the SAT, ACT and Advanced Placement exams, high-stakes testing dominates American education.
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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 The Huffington Post, 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.

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.