Derrick Z. Jackson

Derrick Z. Jackson

Derrick Z. Jackson is a 2018 winner from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, a 10-time winner from the National Association of Black Journalists and a Pulitzer Prize finalist and co-author of Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock (2015). He can be reached at dzjphoto@gmail.com

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"President-elect Biden has repeatedly said this election was about the 'soul' of the nation," writes Jackson. "With the most soulless president of a lifetime now defeated, it is now time to save as many souls as we can." (Photo: KonstantinV9/Shutterstock) Views
Friday, November 13, 2020
Fighting the Pandemic Can’t Wait for Inauguration Day
Science is returning after serving a four-year sentence as a political prisoner. Science to fight COVID-19 is returning to the White House after ten months of President Trump’s self-admitted campaign to downplay the lethality of a virus that in a few days will have killed a quarter-million...
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We should not forget that essential workers on the frontlines of the pandemic continue to pay the biggest price for a national response to the crisis that verges on fratricidal. (Photo: Claudia Wolff/Unsplash) Views
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
As the Virus Rampages Through Washington, Essential Workers Nationwide Are Paying the Price
On October 6, the Roll Call news service reported that 123 employees and contractors who maintain, clean, protect, and restore the offices, buildings, and grounds of Capitol Hill and the Supreme Court have now tested positive for the coronavirus. This news came days after The New York Times...
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Signs at environmental justice protest Views
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Why Environmental Justice Needs to Be on the Docket in the Presidential Debates
Earlier this week, when Fox News announced the lineup of topics for the upcoming presidential debate, climate change and environmental justice were nowhere to be seen. Among the many lamentable things about that is that moderator Chris Wallace, who is scheduled for this Tuesday’s debate, has shown...
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Will the American electorate end up asking for an encore performance of this full-throated rejection of scientific evidence? (Photo: Grist / U.S. Forest Service) Views
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Election Day Is Nearing, But There's No End in Sight to Trump's Attacks on Science
President Trump appears to be on a tear to play down, put down, and take down science in the last weeks of his reelection campaign. After being caught on tape saying he purposely played down the true threat of COVID-19, he and his administration have put on encore performances with attacks on...
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A coalition of Americans gathered for the March for the Dead, Fight for the Living, a candlelit procession across the Brooklyn Bridge to the Trump Building at 40 Wall Street in Manhattan demanding the Trump administration and beyond to take responsible action to save lives and end suffering from COVID 19 on August 21, 2020. (Photo by Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, September 10, 2020
The Evidence is Clear: The US Public Wants Science-Based Policies for COVID-19
You would think that after 190,000 COVID-19 deaths, the Trump administration might finally develop a national strategy to control spread of the coronavirus. No. Instead, it foists on us a new member of the coronavirus task force with no expertise in infectious disease or epidemiology. Scott Atlas,...
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Logan, Taaffe, BSA District Executive in Washington, D.C, recites the Scout Oath before EPA Administrator Wheeler and National Capital Area Council, BSA Scout Executive Craig Poland sign a Memorandum of Understanding at the Boy Scouts Memorial in Washington, D.C. on August 17, 2020 (Photo: US EPA/YouTube screengrab) Views
Friday, September 04, 2020
The Boy Scouts Can Do Better Than Teaming up With Trump’s EPA
In more sane times, it would be natural for the Boy Scouts of America to share its do-gooder image with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The two institutions recently announced a special award for scouts that commemorates the EPA’s 50th anniversary. The award is given after a scout earns...
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"If you believe words have power–or can disempower–the “minority” labeling of Black and brown people has surely played no small part in our concerns being ignored or perpetually diluted by white politicians, businesses, and voters," writes Jackson. (Image: Grist / Viktoriya Kuzmenkova / nndanko / Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
The Term ‘Minority’ Has Never Made Sense. Let's Cancel It.
Nearly three decades ago, I wrote the following sentence in a Boston Globe column: “Let us bury the term ‘minority.’” Silly me, thinking in 1991 that I could eliminate this amorphous, diminutive label for people of color with a few taps on a keyboard. I excised it from my own writing, as government...
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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (left) and Governor Brian Kemp (right) (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
When COVID-19 Science Comes Home to Roost
In my childhood, our nation’s war with itself was seared into me by the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy. For succeeding generations, 9/11, and the massacres at Columbine, Sandy Hook Elementary, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as...
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To effectively combat the pandemic, we need a just response guided by science and accurate data. (Photo: CC) Views
Friday, June 12, 2020
A Second Wave of COVID-19 Looms Large—and It’s Not Because of Protests
All over America, protesters have taken to the streets to protest the police murders of African Americans George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville and the white vigilante lynching of African American Ahmed Aubrey in Brunswick, Georgia. Part of the news coverage has dwelled on...
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Sunday, May 10, 2020
The Push to Relax COVID-19 Protections Exposes Age-Old Racial Wounds
With unemployment approaching Great Depression levels, the nation is waving the white flag on controlling the coronavirus. It appears not to shock the senses at the White House or at many governors’ mansions around the country that the 76,000 deaths from COVID-19 in three months could fill the...
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