Starita Smith

Starita Smith is an award-winning writer and editor based in Denton, Texas, where she is a doctorate student in sociology at University of North Texas. She is a former reporter and editor at the Austin American-Statesman, the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch and the Gary (Ind.) Post-Tribune.

It took black women nineteen months to earn the same amount that white men did in twelve. more

Aug 2, 2017 3:01 PM Op-Eds

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When men like Donald Trump and O.J. Simpson deny that anyone was hurt by their actions, they perpetuate an abusive culture in which violence in the home is no one else's business. more

Jul 27, 2017 5:09 PM Op-Eds

I protest police brutality, not the existence of police. My goal is to show solidarity with those whom I cannot comfort, and anger at the senseless loss of life. As as a crime victim in the past, I know that police can be necessary. In Dall... more

Jul 12, 2016 1:51 PM Op-Eds

Photo by Sean Madden A new Texas law allowing college students to carry concealed guns is part of a dangerous national trend. Texas has just joined Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin on the list of states autho... more

Jun 9, 2015 8:15 PM Op-Eds 9 Comments

'The White House should be applauded for putting a spotlight on campus rapes. more

Jan 28, 2014 11:47 PM Op-Eds

Please go see "12 Years a Slave." It's a film that makes no apologies for the institution of slavery or the brutality of the "peculiar institution." more

Oct 30, 2013 3:00 PM Dispatches

The hatred of President Obama has got to stop.It has little to do with his policies. It is so visceral and ingrained that reason will not dispel it and time has not eroded it. And no matter how much people claim that racism is dead, it is alive a... more

Aug 20, 2013 1:50 PM Op-Eds

Men are finally owning up to the problem of domestic violence.On March 23, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings held a rally with hundreds of men in front of City Hall who pledged to end domestic violence.This may have been the first large male-led event o... more

Apr 10, 2013 1:21 PM Op-Eds

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings called for 10,000 men to rally with him at City Hall on March 23 to pledge to stop the abuse of women. Although most domestic violence events are spearheaded by women's organizations, this rally is believed to be the fi... more

Mar 26, 2013 5:06 PM Dispatches

Now that George Zimmerman has been arrested, right-wingers should cease attacking President Obama over this issue. Obama, remember, sensibly called the shooting a tragedy and said that if he had a son, the boy would look like Trayvon Martin. ... more

Apr 19, 2012 12:47 PM Op-Eds

Obama is right. We need to extend basic protections to home care workers. more

Jan 4, 2012 2:59 PM Op-Eds

By Starita Smith Here's my wish for the New Year: an end to violent hazing in historically black college bands. The most recent casualty of hazing that we know about is Robert Champion, 26, who was a drum major with the Marching 100 of Flor... more

Dec 29, 2011 5:05 PM Dispatches

These Democrats are acting like Republicans in their efforts to win white voters. And by so doing, these candidates risk reinforcing the irrational hostility that many white voters show Obama. more

Sep 15, 2010 1:40 PM Dispatches

We need to expand protection against hate crimes in the United States. more

May 13, 2009 12:27 PM Op-Eds

Pulpit Freedom Sunday was a big mistake. more

Oct 1, 2008 7:23 PM Op-Eds

President Bush is reneging on his pledge to be our education president. His proposed $3.1 trillion budget for 2009 includes the elimination of 47 programs designed to serve disadvantaged students of all ages. more

Mar 11, 2008 3:25 PM Op-Eds

Hold on. We’re not yet in a postracial society, no matter what some commentators may be saying about the campaign of Sen. Barack Obama. more

Jan 8, 2008 4:42 PM Op-Eds

On special education, the Bush administration is taking one step forward and one step back. more

Aug 8, 2006 3:55 PM Op-Eds

An organization linked to the Christian Right movement is creeping its way into school systems. more

Aug 17, 2005 2:01 PM Dispatches

Frozen embryo adoptions ignore plight of foster childrenJune 8, 2005 The plight of black children in foster homes doesn't seem to be a priority for the Bush administration. more

Jun 22, 2005 2:40 PM Op-Eds