Astute Writer David A. Love: ‘Black Voice’ Lives On

A human rights activist and journalist speaks on the Black empowerment and the redefinition of policing.

David A. Love  is a Philadelphia-based writer and human rights activist, a prolific writer to the Huffington post, a contributor to many social media platforms including the Grio, CNN, The Guardian, The Progressive Media Project. He doubles as an Executive Editor of Blackcommentator.com. Empowering Blacks to break loose from the menace of racism in society is a great step to Black victory. The maestro at Black liberalism speaks on racism and the pragmatic ways out.

blackmattersus.com
Hi David. Being an educated and experienced author you could choose any theme for your articles, yet, you chose to write about race. Why so? What inspires you most?
David A. Love
That’s a very good question! I choose to write about race because of my background. I began as a human rights activist and got on issues such as protests and police brutality, holding rights and other issues direct to the Black community. I was once the Executive Director of the organization of people who were convicted of murder, facing death role and later found to be innocent. Those issues which were very important to me have given me materials to write about and have also given me the drive to use my writing as a tool for social justice and liberty. Now, that I am a full-time journalist, I believe I am fortunate because I am able to write much about such issues that matter so much to me. So that’s why I have decided to focus on race and other related issues.
blackmattersus.com
Being born Black in America is a challenge itself. Do you have your personal story about racial discrimination?
David A. Love
Oh Yes! I experienced a lot of bad things, a lot of discrimination. I know that everyone has their own experiences with racism in this country – being African-American or African Descendant.  Cases of Black killings and other  police brutality issues which aren’t supposed to be like this at this time, but the fact that people of color have become the majority in the nation there are people who want to return to the way things used to be.
blackmattersus.com
Talking about police brutality, it is among other things you write. Do you agree with the statement that police brutality is a racial question? What is the solution to this problem?
David A. Love
I think police brutality is very much a racial question and this is so because one only needs to look at the history of this country. We all remember when white men were deputized to monitor the plantation and  keep Black people in line and unfortunately, those are the practices and policies of which we are still living with – the residual impact of that. This is what constitutes to the fact that Black people are still being killed. Also, the fundamental issues of racism which started from slavery are reasons why we are still having these problems. I think the solution to these problems is the fact that policing should be redefined –what is the purpose and the goal of policing. Again we need a community element where the community is involved in helping to maple the neighborhood. The type of people who are also recruited into police department should also be regulated and examined; not people who are not from the community and do not care about it. I also believe that officers need to be profiled – in terms of their personality and traits to make sure we don’t have violent people in the department.
blackmattersus.com
Can we compare today’s police brutality with former way of lynching people of color?
David A. Love
I would say yes because other people have been allowed to take the lives of Black people without any course and going unpunished. The laws which were set up during slavery and other laws were made to take the lives of Blacks. The police kill and would not face any punishment. This is still lynching because white society is proclaiming that it’s alright to do that; in some cases, they say it’s necessary because we are criminals and so kill us.
blackmattersus.com
What are the main issues that American Black community faces today?
David A. Love
I would say that economic empowerment is a key issue. It’s so evident that the unemployment rate among  Blacks is very unthinkable. There are so many people who are unemployed because of the discrimination and racial differences. There is the need to build-up institutions and jobs in our community to curb this situation even as we look for economic opportunities and fight discrimination. The discrimination levels in job places are excessive and this is why there is the need to address and eradicate these issues. Also, the incarceration rate is deteriorating our communities, families and so on. I would say that it is an important issue.
blackmattersus.com
Do white supremacy exist in America or is it just a myth? If yes, what should be done to abolish it?
David A. Love
White supremacy definitely exists. It can be seen in so many different ways or forms. Everything around here and what goes on here depicts the fact that it still exists. I write a great deal of differences of economic levels between whites and people of color – health condition, education outcomes, and so many things. These differences are as a result of white supremacy and how they think about us.
blackmattersus.com
You are the former Executive Director of Witness to Innocence, a national death penalty abolition organization. Can we say that death penalty and imprisonment, in general, affect mostly people of color? And  why?
David A. Love
A majority of people in the prison – about 2/3 – are people of color and they disproportionately face death compared to their white counterparts. This is so because the majority of the prosecutors and judges are whites. As a matter of fact, there is racism on how jurors are even selected very often. It is one of the greatest challenges why reforming the justice system is not holding.
blackmattersus.com
What is your message to average people of color who are willing to fight for their rights but don’t know where to start?
David A. Love
I would say that they should come on board. I will encourage such individuals to join me as we raise our voices together as one. We look forward to being the voice of the voiceless Blacks. Without mincing words, I would say that the Black voice lives on. And I would, therefore, encourage my fellow activists to continue the struggle on racism unabated.

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