David A. Love

Professor, Journalist and Commentator

Beyoncé is reclaiming country music for Black America

Editor’s note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author’s own. Read more opinions on theGrio.

Those who believe Black people should not perform or listen to country music need to realize that Black America invented country music in the first place. And Beyoncé is reclaiming the genre and bringing country music back to its Black roots.

The ignorant and racist idea that country music is white property and a white cultural space took center stage this week when an

Republican governors are fine with letting poor children starve

Editor’s note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author’s own. Read more opinions on theGrio.

Once again, the Republican Party is showing that they really don’t care about children. For all their talk about family values — empty and self-righteous talk at that — red states only care about children as pawns in their cruel expression of power.

Fifteen states, all led by Republican governors, have rejected federal money for a summer lunch program. Congress approve

Donald Trump and Nikki Haley show us America’s ignorance about the Civil War

Editor’s note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author’s own. Read more opinions on theGrio.

When America fails to teach society about its history, you get the Republican Party and its attitudes toward the Civil War. This country is awfully ignorant when it comes to American history because that history is not taught correctly, truthfully or with any context or sensitivity. And this is how Republican presidential candidates can exploit a public lack of knowledg

The Voting Rights Act is in serious trouble — again

The Voting Rights Act is in serious trouble — again

OPINION: A recent decision by an appeals court ruled that only the federal government can bring lawsuits under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The case will likely head to the Supreme Court, where the conservative majority may kill the landmark law once and for all.

Editor’s note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author’s own. Read more opinions on theGrio.

Once again, voting rights are under attack, and

For Black Americans and Palestinians, watermelon has a special symbolism

For Black Americans and Palestinians, watermelon has a special symbolism

OPINION: Watermelon symbolism reflects the struggles for freedom and fights against oppression for African-Americans and Palestinians. But the symbolism hits differently for Black Americans, who associate the fruit with its racist Jim Crow past.

Editor’s note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author’s own. Read more opinions on theGrio.

It is possible that watermelons are both a symbol o

Republicans will throw democracy under the bus when they don’t get their way

Republicans will throw democracy under the bus when they don’t get their way

OPINION: Jan. 6 was just the warmup act to the GOP's attempts to subvert the will of the people. In statehouses across the country, Republicans are doing everything they can to overturn voters' decisions.

Editor’s note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author’s own. Read more opinions on theGrio.

The Republican Party is no friend of democracy. When they don’t have the votes to suppor

Biden and the Democrats are failing to read the room on Gaza

Biden and the Democrats are failing to read the room on Gaza

OPINION: Biden's stance on Israel could have political repercussions in 2024 as Black people and others call for a ceasefire to end the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza.

Editor’s note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author’s own. Read more opinions on theGrio.

Judging from the recent events in Israel and Gaza — and the failure of American political leadership to stop a Palestinian genocide funded

The film ‘Silver Dollar Road’ highlights the theft of Black land

The film ‘Silver Dollar Road’ highlights the theft of Black land

OPINION: Filmmaker Raoul Peck spoke to theGrio about his latest documentary, which tells the story of a Black North Carolina family fighting to get their land back.

Editor’s note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author’s own. Read more opinions on theGrio.

The dispossession of Black land is a real and serious issue, and a new film tackles the issue head on by examining the struggles of a Black

Black politicians who switch to the Republican Party are betraying their voters

Black politicians who switch to the Republican Party are betraying their voters

OPINION: At a time when the Republican Party is at its most hostile toward Black liberation, why would Black Democrats switch parties?

Editor’s note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author’s own. Read more opinions on theGrio.

Black Democratic politicians who flip parties after they are elected and join the MAGA Republicans are betraying their voters in a cynical, power-hungry an

No, the Jacksonville mass murder was not 'racially motivated.' It was racist.

No, the Jacksonville mass murder was not ‘racially motivated.’ It was racist.

OPINION: When the media refuse to call out racist violence for what it is, they fail to educate and inform the public on the true nature of racism, and in reality, inflict harm by promoting a narrative that whitewashes racism for white public consumption.

Editor’s note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author’s own. Read more opinions on theGrio.

Words matter. And news people, get t

Why are Black Democrats taking money from AIPAC?

Why are Black Democrats taking money from AIPAC?

OPINION: The pro-Israel lobbying group has endorsed over 100 Jan. 6 insurrectionists for office while spending millions to defeat progressive Black Democrat candidates for Congress.

Editor’s note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author’s own. Read more opinions on theGrio.

Black lawmakers should read the room and stop accepting money from American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the pro-Israel lobbyin

White conservatives are raising a generation of snowflakes

OPINION: The war on critical race theory was always about protecting white children from feeling discomfort in the classroom. Now, even posters showing Black and white children holding hands are too triggering and may be banned from classrooms in one Texas school district.

Editor’s note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author’s own. Read more opinions on theGrio.

The right always complains about liberal snowflakes, claiming that folks on the left are overly s

Kathleen McElroy, DEI hysteria and the war on Black educators

Kathleen McElroy, DEI hysteria and the war on Black educators

OPINION: What happened to McElroy in Texas is but the latest example of a full-scale war on Black educators and Black education across the country.

Editor’s note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author’s own. Read more opinions on theGrio.

Kathleen McElroy – a Black woman, a preeminent professor and journalist — was hired to revive the journalism program at Texas A&M University. Then came the back

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. All people are entitled to self-determination and equal rights under the Constitution, including those people of color who live in the nation’s capital and the country’s five occupied Pacific and Caribbean island territories—American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Produc

To reduce the impact of climate change, society must focus on post-pandemic recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has left its permanent imprint on society in just a few short months and cost thousands of lives needlessly due to government inaction and negligence, ineptitude, and malice. The virus has laid bare the longstanding inequities and injustices of American society and forced the nation to confront an ongoing emergency plaguing the poor, people of color, and Indigenous communities.

The coronavirus has shone a spotlight on an economic system lacking robustness, and a political

Do Biden and the Democrats think the Black pastors calling for a ceasefire in Gaza are on Putin's payroll?

Editor’s note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author’s own. Read more opinions on theGrio.

Will Biden heed the call of Black pastors who want a ceasefire in Gaza? Over 1,000 Black pastors from around the country representing hundreds of thousands of parishioners have signed open letters urging President Biden to tell Israel to stop the genocide of Palestinians in Gaza.

In a time of moral clarity, Black people, including young Black people, are pushing back a

Tommy Tuberville's white nationalist comments are a reminder that the military has a white nationalist problem

Tommy Tuberville’s white nationalist comments are a reminder that the military has a white nationalist problem

OPINION: The Alabama senator refused to call white nationalists racists because he thinks they're "Americans," and he's fine with them serving in the military. The problem is they already are.

Editor’s note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author’s own. Read more opinions on theGrio.

Sometimes called America’s dumbest senator, Sen. Tommy Tuberville,

What is happening in Mississippi?

What is happening in Mississippi?

OPINION: Police misconduct, a welfare scandal and a water crisis in the state's majority-Black capital city are among the many challenges Black Mississippians face. In 2023, Jim Crow is alive in a state that has not addressed its legacy of racial oppression and injustice.

Editor’s note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author’s own. Read more opinions on theGrio.

Things are happening in Mississippi and not in a good way. Mult

White Christian nationalists are exporting homophobia and pushing antigay laws in Africa

White Christian nationalists are exporting homophobia and pushing antigay laws in Africa

OPINION: Uganda just enacted one of the world's strictest laws against homosexuality. White Christian nationalists from the United States have spent millions of dollars in Uganda to pass that law.

Editor’s note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author’s own. Read more opinions on theGrio.

White Christian nationalists are exporting their American culture wars to Africa and

Jordan Neely's death reminds us of the lynching atmosphere that still exists for Black people

Jordan Neely’s death reminds us of the lynching atmosphere that still exists for Black people

OPINION: We live in a time when racial vigilantism is offered once again to eliminate Black lives. Some white people believe taking Black life is acceptable when Black people make them feel uncomfortable.

Editor’s note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author’s own. Read more opinions on theGrio.

Jordan Neely, an unhoused, young Black man living with trauma and menta

Black MAGAs are a clear and present danger

OPINION: As the American conservative movement has morphed from racist dog whistles and white-grievance politics to full-blown fascism and white nationalism, Black MAGAs have become foot soldiers in the fight against civil rights, voting rights and racial justice. All skinfolk ain't kinfolk.

Editor’s note: The following article is an op-ed, and the views expressed are the author’s own. Read more opinions on theGrio.

Systems of racial oppression and colonization require active participation fro
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