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Fred McKissack Jr.

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Fred McKissack Jr.'s articles, op-eds, and reviews have appeared in The Progressive MagazineThe Washington PostVibe Magazine, and others. He lives in Ft. Wayne, Ind. with his wife, Lisa and their son, Mark. 

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“Feared for my life” is a go-to excuse, accepted in the court of public opinion and by juries, when considering the deaths of black men. more

Jun 28, 2017 10:29 AM Dispatches 1 Comments

I saw my mother’s strength in a moment beyond her corporeal life. She knew she had a problem, and she had moved to sort through it. She just didn’t get the chance. more

Jun 21, 2017 4:18 PM Dispatches

Even the federal safeguard failed Flint’s residents. more

Dec 21, 2016 3:41 PM Dispatches 1 Comments

Where to look to understand upheaval in a city I love? more

Aug 17, 2016 4:38 PM Dispatches 1 Comments

He was shot doing his job—walking a young man with autism back to his group home. more

Jul 21, 2016 4:09 PM Dispatches

There but for the grace of God go I... more

Jul 10, 2016 5:17 AM Dispatches 1 Comments

A detention center is not the right project, economically or morally. more

May 18, 2016 3:22 PM Op-Eds

There is a familiar pattern in how American’s sit shiva for pop icons. more

Apr 26, 2016 6:49 PM Dispatches

This presidential primary is now in Mondo bizarro mode, where almost nothing makes sense, particularly black adulation for the Clintons. more

Feb 26, 2016 5:29 PM Op-Eds 13 Comments

University of Missouri’s black football players showed their power to organize against racism. more

Nov 10, 2015 6:04 PM Dispatches

Photo by Jason Eppink Pulling down the Confederate battle flag on the grounds of the South Carolina capitol is a step in the right direction. But our country’s problem with race won’t be solved by one long-overdue gesture. Note the ridiculo... more

Jun 23, 2015 6:08 PM Op-Eds 2 Comments

If a police officer’s first duty is “to serve and protect” the people, there could be no more damning condemnation than the Ferguson department’s primary goal: to “maximize revenue.” more

Mar 6, 2015 8:16 PM Op-Eds

Hate is a strong word, and its banal use doesn’t do any good. I passionately dislike my hometown. That fits, even though it doesn’t quite capture my deep, fatalistic feelings for a town that I thought was the greatest city when I was, well,... more

Feb 4, 2015 3:01 PM Op-Eds 31 Comments

Every generation has its moment where an older politician brings the fire and brimstone and plays cultural Moses. Invariably, he or she looks like a fool. Image credit: Getty Images more

Jan 27, 2015 10:11 PM Op-Eds 1 Comments

Darren Wilson is free to go back to his job policing the citizens of Ferguson, if he wants. Michael Brown is dead. Image credit: Rick Majewski more

Nov 25, 2014 4:17 AM Dispatches 1 Comments

The Koch brothers get their money's worth in gift to United Negro College Fund. more

Sep 30, 2014 4:27 PM Dispatches 4 Comments

The slaying of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, is just the latest example of why we fear the police. more

Aug 14, 2014 6:05 PM Dispatches 5 Comments

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was right to ban L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and fine him $2.5 million. more

Apr 29, 2014 9:49 PM Dispatches

Missouri Landfill Owner’s Smelly Amendment By Fred McKissack Just days after the Supreme Court decided that the nexus between big money and elected officials wasn’t corrupt comes a hot mess from Missouri that shows how private interests inf... more

Apr 9, 2014 2:32 PM Dispatches

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