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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. 

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

The gap in graduation rates between black and white male basketball players is a whopping 24 percentage points. more

Apr 2, 2014 6:29 PM Dispatches

A healthy debate is raging over whether the National Football League should adopt a rule calling for a 15-yard penalty for use of the N-word. more

Mar 12, 2014 3:09 AM Dispatches

  Conservatives shouldn't be having a fit over Coca-Cola's Super Bowl ad. Conservative commentators and bloggers would have you believe that the Coca-Cola Co. is spitting on the graves of our forefathers and plotting to burn down American c... more

Feb 4, 2014 7:04 PM Dispatches

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