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Brentin Mock

Defense One

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Brentin Mock

Defense One provides news, analysis, and ideas about the future of national security to defense and industry leaders, innovative decision-makers, and informed citizens. → Read More

The Voices Behind the Clash at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh media lost the voices of several African-American journalists during one of the most critical moments for race in U.S. history. Here are their stories. → Read More

What It Means to Be a Black Journalist in Pittsburgh Right Now

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette barred two black journalists from protest coverage after one jokingly compared the aftermath of a concert tailgate to city looting. → Read More

How Cities Offload the Cost of Police Brutality

Cities spend tens of millions of dollars on lawsuits over police violence and killings. But municipalities are effectively using residents to mortgage the cost. → Read More

Green Spaces Are Supposed to Be an Escape. Not for Black Men.

For black men like Christian Cooper, the threat of a call to police casts a cloud of fear over parks and public spaces that others associate with safety. → Read More

'Coronaman' Is the Horror Spoof PSA Georgia Needs

With Georgia lifting shelter-in-place restrictions, Atlanta filmmaker Bobby Huntley II’s spoof trailer “Coronaman” takes a different tack on a stay-home PSA. → Read More

What Happens to Democracy When Schools Close

A forthcoming book documents how politically active communities became disengaged after local schools were shuttered. Now, more schools may face permanent closure. → Read More

How America Has Racialized Medicine During Epidemics

As data emerges that African Americans are suffering disproportionately from Covid-19, medical practices from past epidemics shed light on a history of racism. → Read More

A Group of Mothers, a Vacant Home, and a Win for Fair Housing

The activist group Moms 4 Housing occupied a vacant home in Oakland to draw attention to the city’s affordability crisis. They ended up launching a movement. → Read More

If the City Can't Maintain the Sewers, How's It Going to Address Climate Change?

A researcher found that, with proof of government ineptitude in their backyards and basements, Detroit residents were unlikely to cite climate change as a cause for local flooding. → Read More

White Americans' Hold on Wealth Is Old, Deep, and Nearly Unshakeable

White families quickly recuperated financial losses after the Civil War, and then created a Jim Crow credit system to bring more white families into money. → Read More

Which US Cities Are Least Prepared for Climate Disaster?

New studies find cities most vulnerable to climate change disasters—heat waves, flooding, rising seas, drought—are the least prepared. → Read More

Trump's Twitter Battle With Baltimore Is About Policing Black-Led Cities

The president’s Twitter attack on Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings reflect a law-and-order manifesto with a long history. → Read More

Puerto Rico's New Energy Law Will Transform Its Future—But It's Not a 'Green New Deal'

Puerto Rico just adopted legislation that commits it to generating all its power from renewable sources. Here’s what separates that from what’s going on in D.C. → Read More

Why Is The IRS Targeting the Financially Depressed Black Belt South?

The racially discriminatory IRS audits revealed in a new report are yet another way of depleting and plundering the wealth of southern black families. → Read More

No One Agrees on How to Close the Racial Wealth Gap

Most scholars say that historic factors, from slavery to redlining, built the vast gulf between black and white households. But some say that income inequality is what feeds it now. → Read More

Seeking the Racial Equity Factor for Pittsburgh's New Gun Control Proposals

African Americans worry that Pittsburgh’s new gun control proposals could leave them more vulnerable to racist and state-sponsored violence. → Read More

Why Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Won’t Back Down on Gun Control

A year after the Tree of Life synagogue shooting, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto stands committed to gun control legislation despite a direct confrontation with Pennsylvania state law. → Read More

Are Reparations Baltimore’s Fix for Redlining, Investment Deprivation?

One of Baltimore’s foremost urban scholars, Lawrence Brown, says the solutions to the city’s inequitable financing problems need to be as radical as the policies that segregated Baltimore in the first place. → Read More

How Can the Green New Deal Deliver Environmental Justice?

There’s a reason why climate-change legislation failed in the past. Environmental-justice advocates don’t want the Green New Deal to repeat those mistakes. → Read More