Shani O. Hilton

DC Correspondent
Washington, D.C.

Shani O. Hilton is the Washington, D.C. correspondent for She covers the intersection of congressional and White House politics and racial justice. Shani also works as the associate editor of A native of central California, Shani earned a degree in journalism from Howard University. Her writing has appeared in The American Prospect,, The Root, and other publications. She also maintains a personal blog where she muses on pop culture, race, and feminism.

Shani tweets at @shani_o.

The Politicians of Color Who Stand to Win Mitt Romney's Veepstakes

by Shani O. Hilton on May 1, 2012 10:05AM

In the race to fill out this year's GOP presidential ticket, the most interesting options for vice presidential running mates are non-white guys.

Topics: Politics, GOP Primary

Feds: Bias Against Transgender Employees Is Sex Discrimination

by Shani O. Hilton on Apr 24, 2012 5:04PM

The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission says Mia Macy, a transgender federal employee, can in fact file a bias claim under Title VII after being denied a job her gender identity.

Topics: /NOW, Gender & Sexuality

Mitt Romney's Dismal Racial Justice Track Record

by Shani O. Hilton on Apr 18, 2012 8:56AM

Now that he's the clear front-runner for the GOP nomination, we're breaking down just where he stands on the issues that matter most to people of color.

Topics: Politics, GOP Primary, 2012 Election

Five Myths About Crime in Black America--and the Statistical Truths

by Hatty Lee, Shani O. Hilton on Apr 13, 2012 08:47am

Trayvon Martin's killing stirred many debates about crime surrounding black men. It also kicked up many familiar misconceptions, like the idea that black-on-black crime is uniquely bad. Hatty Lee's infographic breaks down the realities.

Where Will a Next Generation Emerge in Black Electoral Politics?

by Shani O. Hilton on Apr 2, 2012 9:39AM

Four years ago youth of color--and African Americans in particular--played a larger role than they had in generations. Will that generation continue to vote, organize and even find their way into key campaign roles in such significant numbers?

Topics: Politics

The GOP Isn't the Only Party That Must Face Younger, Browner Nation

by Shani O. Hilton on Mar 16, 2012 9:28AM

Young Democrats are urging the party to spend more time and resources on cultivating the leadership of young people of color.

Topics: Politics

The Auto Bailout Saved Michigan--If You Don't Count Black Workers

by Shani O. Hilton on Feb 29, 2012 9:43AM

Mitt Romney and President Obama have slugged it out over the Detroit bailout. It's clear at this point that the bailout revived the auto industry. But thus far, it's not been enough to heal the most ailing part of Michigan's economy: black employment.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

How Economists Tally Unemployment--and Its Affect on the Black Jobless Rate

by Shani O. Hilton, Hatty Lee on Feb 23, 2012 09:55am

January saw a remarkable three-point drop in black joblessness. Economists are skeptical it's real. But why? Put on your data nerd hat, because we've got the explanation.

What Drove a Sudden, Steep Drop in Black Unemployment? Nobody Knows

by Shani O. Hilton on Feb 9, 2012 9:40AM

Black unemployment dropped a whopping 3 percent in January, fueled by hiring of black men. Economists who've tracked black joblessness are waiting for the other shoe to drop--was it a statistical quirk, or is there a jobs renaissance afoot in black America?

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

Young Activists Plot the Future of the LGBT Rights Movement

by Shani O. Hilton on Jan 30, 2012 9:00AM

Over 2,000 people showed up at the annual Creating Change conference in Baltimore to talk about building an inclusive agenda for queer activists and allies.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality