David A. Love

Journalist and Commentator


David A. Love

Writer for the Grio, CNN Opinion, Atlanta Black Star, Al Jazeera, The Progressive, The Philadelphia Citizen, NewsWorks, Morpheus, The Guardian. Adjunct Journalism Instructor. Guest Commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, SiriusXM, CBC News.


It’s been one year since Trump was elected and he’s already taken the presidency into the gutter Link to Story

Is America Turning Into A Failed State?

The concept of a failed state is one which is often associated with nonwhite and Third World countries, whether developing or underdeveloped. While the advanced countries, including the United States, will point to these nations as examples of what not to become, some voices are pointing to America itself as an example of a failed state and a failed democracy.
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Children committing hate crimes reflect our society Link to Story

Slavery in the US prison system

Today marks one year since the largest prison labour strike in US history. 24,000 prisoners across 29 prisons in 12 states protested against inhumane conditions, timing it around the anniversary of the Attica Prison uprising, a prisoner strike now 46 years old. That violent uprising originated from prisoners rebelling against overcrowded cells, unsanitary conditions, medical neglect and abuse.
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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 Paradise Papers: How the Financial Elite Play a Shell Game To Stay Ahead of Taxes, Everyone Else

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Is Military Service a Factor in Turning People into Mass Shooters?

The most recent mass shooting in America, in which Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire on First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas — killing 26 and wounding 20 — once again focuses attention on the seemingly intractable problem of gun massacres. Kelley, who was court-martialed by the Air Force in 2012 after committing domestic assault on his wife and stepson, spent one year in a military brig and in 2014 received a bad conduct discharge.
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Can Philadelphia’s Retaking of its Its Local School System Become a Model for Community Control?

After 16 years, Philadelphia is retaking control of its public schools from the state government. For the eighth-largest school district in the nation, the news is encouraging, as local control brings with it the promise of accountability, equity, and a more effective educational system for its children.
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Black Life Is Cheap In Brazil as Police Kill 4,224 People In One Year

The police in the United States are killing civilians at an alarming rate, and the problem of police abuse is well reported. the largest Black country outside of the African continent, and second only to Nigeria in its population of African people — there is an epidemic of police violence. The extrajudicial serial killing of people at the hands of law enforcement in this South American nation is a human rights crisis.
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Betty Shelby’s record is clean because nobody gives AF about black life

Are we witnessing the new normal, a new phase in the erasure of Black lives? If recent events in Tulsa, Oklahoma are any indication, it’s time for us to wake up and pay attention. Betty Shelby, the ex-Tulsa police officer who killed an unarmed Black man named Terence Crutcher, 40, in September 2016 was charged with first degree manslaughter and found not guilty in May of his year. Link to Story

A Pox On Both Your Houses: Democrats and Republicans Are In Trouble

America’s two major parties are experiencing an existential crisis. The election of Donald Trump has exposed internal rifts within both the Republican and Democratic parties, and conflicts over ideology and philosophy. Neither party has unified its factions, speaking with one voice or moving in one direction.
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Trump is the Weinstein of the federal gov, so when will his time come?

It has been one year since the infamous Access Hollywood tape surfaced, in which Donald Trump bragged about grabbing women “by the pu**y.”. Since that time, sexual harassment and assault allegations have brought down media mogul Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men such as Bill O’Reilly, formerly of Fox News. 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, Al Jazeera, 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.