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.


AG Sessions: Forensic Science Panel That Helps Keep Innocent People Out of Prison Is Unnecessary

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Essay: It's time to get rid of the two-party system

Now is the time for us to consider scrapping the two-party system of government. Now is about the best time to reflect on how our politics has failed to serve the public, and to begin to replace it. Constitution does not mention political parties, much less require two of them. On the surface, there is nothing inherently wrong with political parties.
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The South Has the Fastest-Growing Economies and the Least Economic Mobility for the Poor

The South is booming from an economic standpoint. For proof of this, one need only look at cities such as Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Dallas, Orlando and Raleigh to understand there is a new South. Of the 20 cities listed on Forbes’ “fastest-growing cities in 2016” list, eight are in the South. Despite this reality, poor people in the South are not sharing in this growth.
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Long Overdue: Rikers Island, America’s Most Notorious Prison, Is Closing at Last

Rikers Island is closing. Although it will not happen overnight and will likely take years to accomplish, the behemoth complex of jails known for its brutality, torture and other human rights abuses will be shut down. Over the years, Rikers has earned the reputation as America’s most notorious prison.
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How would MLK respond to Trump’s America? Link to Story

Baltimore Is a Case Study In How Black Cities Are Not Being Served by Black Leadership

What are Black elected officials doing to help their Black constituents? What is the purpose and value of Black power if there are Black faces in high places in city government, yet the old systems of institutional racism remain in place and the economic conditions of Black people do not improve? The most recent events in Baltimore raise these questions.
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Is Colin Kaepernick really being blackballed? Link to Story

Republicans Could Not Repeal Obamacare Because Too Many White People Knew Their Lives Were at Stake

The recent defeat of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017 — the failed Republican House plan to repeal and replace Obamacare — symbolizes the comeuppance of the GOP. White conservatives built a movement around the vilification of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), giving momentum to the Tea Party.
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We need more black prosecutors like Aramis Ayala Link to Story

Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Has a Troubling Record on Civil Rights and Social Justice Issues

Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, has been promoted to the public as a genteel, polite, squeaky-clean jurist who is imminently qualified for the position he seeks on America’s high court. A most-relevant part of his record is his views on civil rights, and his decisions in cases involving African-Americans.
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How America Prevents Donald Trump From Rising Again

The Trump White House is in crisis, and the current state of the executive branch is unsustainable. A corrosive mix of hubris, ignorance and corruption, the president is a pathological liar and a walking conflict of interests. Trump mocks the presidency and undermines its integrity. As he eschews the rule of law and flaunts his disdain for tradition and proper procedures, his white supremacist advisers channel hate into public policy and dismantle the government.
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China Sounds the Alarm on U.S. Human Rights Violations

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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 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.