DONOVAN X. RAMSEY is a journalist and emerging voice on the topics of black identity, politics and patterns of power in America. As one of very few black Millennial public thinkers, Donovan possess a unique and valuable perspective on some of the most salient issues of the day. His commentary on racial identity and politics has been featured in The New York Times. His reporting and analysis on the topic of policing has appeared in outlets including The Atlantic, GQ, The New Republic, Gawker, and Ebony, among other outlets. Donovan is currently a fellow at Demos, the New York City-based public-policy think tank, where he is gearing up to cover race as a factor in the 2016 presidential race and ongoing national efforts to reform the criminal justice system.
I sat down in the ESSENCE LIVE studio to talk politics, #BlackLivesMatter and #BlackGirlMagic with host Dana Blair. Watch the conversation.
Listen to my interview with Press Play's Madeleine Brand on why black millennials are all fired up with seemingly nowhere to go in 2016.
The Democrats need young black voters. But the political party of our parents doesn’t seem to know how to reach us — the black millennials they can’t afford to lose — this time around.
Listen to my one-on-one with my old boss, personal finance expert Farnoosh Torabi. We discussed the best career advice I ever got, the lesson I learned from growing up poor and why I'm "so money."
I sat down with Jody Avirgan, host of FiveThirtyEight's "What's the Point" to discuss the complexities of police data collection.
I appeared on FiveThirtyEight's What's the Point podcast to explain why, a year after Ferguson erupted, the federal government still doesn't have a system to accurately count of how many people are killed by the police each year.
While reporting in Charleston, South Carolina, I witnessed the pervasive toxicity of the South's racist legacy first hand.
I joined my friend Morgan Kelly Radford on Al Jazeera America to discuss the Los Angeles Times' recent move to hire a reporter to exclusively cover #BlackTwitter.
Is President Obama the scold of black America or its empathetic prophet?
The Department of Justice’s report on its investigation of the Ferguson, Mo. Police Department debunked one of the nation’s most popular policing philosophies, and hardly anyone noticed.
Listen to my discussion with Jason Whitlock, editor-in-chief of ESPN's The Undefeated. We explored my articles on white silence and Black Twitter for his Real Talk podcast.
The bottom line: The majority of white Americans believe the nation's police are doing a good job despite that work often ending in the deaths of unarmed black people.
The slogan, the movement was always about more than Mike Brown.
Other Fergusons loom on the horizon, and we shouldn't wait until an officer shoots another person and a city erupts to fix them. The lessons emerging from Ferguson can and should guide a nationwide overhaul to police reform. Now, while the whole country is focused on this issue, we should seize this moment to develop solutions that are as comprehensive as the problems are vast.
Ending police brutality isn’t up to the communities that are brutalized. It’s up to the cops.
In a country that has identified black people as its criminal element, public safety (and perceived security) is more tied to the suppression of blacks than it is to the suppression of crime. And as long as the public insists on its myth of black criminality—almost as an article of faith—police practices will be impossible to reform.
In attempting to acknowledge all sides in conversations on race, President Obama overlooks essential truths.
It’s not about smart phones, selfies or social media. The reason Millennials aren’t making some of life’s biggest purchases is because we’re broke. As James Carville might say, “it’s the economy, stupid."
This phobia of black rage is nothing new. It motivated the slave codes that prohibited blacks from handling guns. It morphs wallets into weapons. Ironically, it’s why Ferguson police responded to what was a gathering of concerned residents with armored vehicles and tear gas. Almost laughably, it even led authorities to believe that the 1963 March On Washington would surely erupt into violence.
English writer Daniel Defoe famously said that only two things in this life are certain: death and taxes. After a dismally low turnout in the 2014 midterm elections, folks are considering adding voting to that list, but should we? And—for proponents of compulsory voting—what’s the fairest, most commonsense way to go about mandating the vote?
The Ohio Secretary of State race wasn’t just about the will of the people. It was a race heavily influenced by financial contributions from big-money donors.
When many think of 21st century voter suppression, the first thing that might come to mind is the network of unnecessary voter ID laws that disproportionately affect the young, the elderly and voters of color. There is, however, a minefield of other voter suppression tactics at work, many of which are on display in the great state of Georgia.
I'm always down to talk good books so, when my mentor Dr. David Wall Rice, challenged me recently to #TheBookChallenge on Facebook, I was raring to go.
Examining the connections between the lynchings of yesteryear and the police brutality blacks face today.
Ferguson coverage by some of the most venerable news sources revealed a mix of bias, laziness and sensationalism. The failings that have resulted are being exposed on the Internet.
It’s time President Obama step in to protect protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.
The president’s recent message to a group of African fellows stands in stark contrast to the way he’s consistently addressed black Americans. What gives?
“My Brother’s Keeper” has some tough work ahead of it, however: In America’s current political and racial climate, the program will be saddled with strengthening interventions while also dispelling comfortable narratives of pathology that have too long been used to justify inaction.