Shani O. Hilton is the Washington, D.C. correspondent for Colorlines.com. She covers the intersection of congressional and White House politics and racial justice. Shani also works as the associate editor of CampusProgress.org. A native of central California, Shani earned a degree in journalism from Howard University. Her writing has appeared in The American Prospect, TheAtlantic.com, The Root, and other publications. She also maintains a personal blog where she muses on pop culture, race, and feminism.
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.
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?
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.
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?
In 2012, President Obama has discovered the power of his office--he's taken three big executive actions that are just the sort justice advocates have been begging for all along. What else could he do before Election Day?
In Southeast D.C., where unemployment is close to 30 percent and where people are most likely to feel the pain of social service cuts, it's enough to know the big picture: "They don't seem to care about us."
Rather than supporting activists, it seems that the White House is simply gearing up for the election by attempting to protect itself from particularly liberal-friendly policies until the campaign is over.