David A. Love

Journalist, Commentator and Professor


David A. Love

Writer for theGrio, CNN Opinion, The Appeal, Al Jazeera, Atlanta Black Star. Journalism and Media Studies Professor. Guest Commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, WURD.


What impact did King’s assassination have on the Black community?

OPINION: Understanding Black America’s response to King’s assassination requires a grasp of the role of trauma in the Black community. And although we tend to focus on the impact on his life’s work, rarely do we focus on the effect of Dr. King’s death on the community — specifically the ongoing trauma of Black America, and the impact on the movement for Black lives. Link to Story

GOP condones racism, but draws the line with alleged sex trafficker Gaetz Link to Story

A cold civil war is being waged in America

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Black cop’s lawsuit highlights problem of racism in law enforcement

OPINION: Lt. Troy Doyle's suit accusing St. Louis County of backtracking on appointing him as police chief is one of many examples of institutional racism in policing. The case of Lt. Troy Doyle of the St. Louis County Police Department is a reminder that Black police officers, and even high-ranking police commanders, face racism on a daily basis. Link to Story

David A. Love Contributes to “Four Hundred Souls"

SC&I Part-Time Lecturer David A. It is essential to understand the Royal African Company, Love said, because in 1672 the RAC was granted a monopoly on the British slave trade between the African continent and the West Indies. As a result, he said, the RAC “was responsible for transporting more African people to the Americas than any other entity.”.
Rutgers SCI Link to Story

Republicans will Jim Crow their way back to power if Democrats allow them Link to Story

Schools nationwide should teach ethnic studies | Opinion

In Philadelphia and across the country, 2020 was a year of public awakening on issues of institutional racism and long-standing socioeconomic inequities plaguing Black people and other people of color. The protests following the murder of George Floyd raised awareness of racial injustices rooted in an untaught history.
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America should admit more states and divest itself of its colonial past

Statehood for American territories—colonies of a so-called “democratic nation”—is a civil rights issue. And while the U.S. has 50 states, this number is not written in stone. Virgin Islands. Products of America's legacy of colonialism with BIPOC populations, these territories do not enjoy the rights that the states enjoy, cannot elect the president, and have no voting representation in Congress, even as their residents—with the exception of American Samoa—are U.S. citizens.

White domestic terrorists like Kyle Rittenhouse are held to a different standard

OPINION: Rittenhouse continues a long tradition of self-deputized white men who believe their job is to police and terrorize Black people. Kyle Rittenhouse is a white domestic terrorist who should spend a lifetime in prison. However, white nationalists, Donald Trump and the Republican Party view him as a hero who should be celebrated, loved and honored, lavished with corporate sponsorships and sent to Congress. Link to Story

It’s Time To Lower The Voting Age To 16

Grown adults have voted their way into the current morass in this country. Now is the time for a younger generation to lead the way. This commentary is part of The Appeal’s collection of opinion and analysis. America is witnessing a political and social upheaval with the COVID-19 pandemic and economic turmoil, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the myriad crises facing the nation.
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Uprise Online: Professor discusses social movements in the digital age

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The Pandemic Shows It’s Time for an Alternative to American Capitalism

The nation has an opportunity to take advantage of this transformative event and pursue an alternative to the current system. This piece is a commentary, part of The Appeal’s collection of opinion and analysis. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the inherent flaws of American capitalism, a profit-driven system of winners and losers that is unprepared to respond to a national emergency and ill-equipped to address the basic needs of society.
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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 CNN, The Appeal, theGrio, Atlanta Black Star, Al Jazeera,, and a member of the editorial collective of Global African Worker. 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, 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 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. 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.