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.


Karen Bass’s L.A. mayoral run reflects a political career of progressive leadership

OPINION: David A. Love writes that Rep. Bass has a long-standing commitment to such causes important to the Black community, protecting the rights of children in foster care and poverty. Is Los Angeles ready for a Black woman as mayor? Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) recently announced her campaign launch for mayor of L.A., shaking up the race to lead that city and placing the spotlight on the Black lawmaker’s political career. Link to Story

Why Indigenous Peoples’ Day should resonate with Black people

OPINION: David Love writes that the day of observance is one of remembrance to honor the ancestors and elevate the original people who walked this land. Indigenous Peoples’ Day is gradually replacing Columbus Day, and we as a culture are here for it. In fact, we have been for quite some time. This is a day of remembrance, a day to honor the ancestors and elevate the original people who walked this land. Link to Story

Texas is the White man’s last stand

Throughout America, and particularly in the South, the symbols of White supremacy are being torn down. And though they are symbols, symbols stand for something, particularly when one considers the violent reactions of Klan-adjacent folks who oppose the dismantling of those symbols. While the Robert E.
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The racist roots of the anti-vaxxer movement

The COVID-19 pandemic has given birth to a next generation anti-vaxxer movement which, like the anti-vaxxer movements before it, is rooted in racism. In America, whether it is infectious disease or some other issue, ultimately race and racism manage to find their way into the discussion. The predominantly White anti-vaccination movement, with White parents storming school board meetings and threatening violence, has a similar feel to the segregationists who fought school integration during the civil rights movement.
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Beyond Bruce’s Beach: Now is the time to reclaim Black people’s land

OPINION: The recent return of the California Beach resort land to a Black family is just one example of efforts to reclaim Black, Brown and Indigenous land, provide repair for the theft and make people whole. With racial justice on our minds and in the public conscience, it is time to decide what that justice will look like, and what it should look like. Link to Story

Alabama’s use of COVID funds to imprison more Black people is very on-brand

OPINION: It is no surprise that Black people in Alabama are 28% of state residents, but 43% of the people in jail and 54% of those in prison. Alabama is exhibit A in the case against southern white people who have not managed to move beyond their ignorance, hatred, greed and racism. Still fighting to win the Civil War one day and preserve Jim Crow segregation the next, they keep electing politicians such as Alabama Gov. Link to Story

White men have always sought to control Black women’s bodies

This painting by Robert Thom depicts Lucy, Anarcha and Betsey, three enslaved women Sims conducted experimental surgeries on. Anarcha was subjected to 30 medical experiments. Pearson Museum, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. With the apparent refusal of the U.S. Supreme Court to defend Roe v.
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Reparations for slavery and genocide is a global issue

Recently, Jamaica and Namibia made demands for reparations from their former European colonial oppressors, a reminder that the struggle for reparations for slavery and genocide against Black people is not just an American issue, but a global matter. In an historic move, the Caribbean nation of Jamaica petitioned Britain to demand £7.6 billion ($10.5 billion) in compensation for the 600,000 Africans that were shipped there and forced to work on the plantations and pick sugarcane, bananas, and other crops.
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Black people have lost their land to systemic racism

Systemic racism takes many forms, not the least of which is land theft. Simply put, Black people have lost a staggering amount of property over the years, land they owned, worked, and cultivated through hard work, made a living from, supported their families with, and passed down to generations coming after them.
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‘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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Afro-Latinx people remain erased and invisible

Now is a good time to talk about colorism and African-descended people in Latin America, who have been erased and made invisible in society, culture, and the media. The recently released Lin-Manuel Miranda film, “In the Heights”—an adaptation of the Broadway musical—depicts the life of the predominantly Dominican community in the Washington Heights section of New York City.
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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.