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Expertise: Media, race and ethnicity

Sam Fulwood is a Senior Fellow at American Progress, where he analyzes the influence of national politics and domestic policies on communities of color across the United States.

Prior to joining the Center, Sam was a metro columnist at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio, the last stop in a nearly three-decade journalism career that featured posts at several metropolitan newspapers. During the 1990s, he was a national correspondent in the Washington bureau of Los Angeles Times, where he created a national race-relations beat and contributed to the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Los Angeles riots in 1992.

He has also worked as business editor and state political editor for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, as assistant city editor, business reporter, editorial writer, and Johannesburg, South Africa bureau correspondent for The Baltimore Sun, and as a police, business, and sports reporter at The Charlotte Observer.

Fulwood is the author of two books, Waking from the Dream: My Life in the Black Middle Class (Anchor, 1996) and Full of It: Strong Words and Fresh Thinking for Cleveland (Gray & Company, 2004).

In addition to his news and commentary writings in mass-circulated publications and anthologies, Sam frequently speaks on college campuses and television and radio programs to discuss national politics, race relations, and pop culture. He is a founding contributing writer for The Root.com, an online publication targeted to the African-American online community.

He was a 1994 Nieman Foundation fellow and is currently a member of the foundation’s board of advisors. During the spring of 2000, he was an Institute of Politics fellow at Harvard University. Sam was an inaugural presidential fellow at Case Western Reserve University in 2003, where he taught courses on media, politics, and pop culture.

Sam earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1978.

By Sam Fulwood III
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The Complex American Response to Castro’s DeathCenter for American ProgressDecember 1, 2016
Embracing an Accurate Depiction of the American StoryCenter for American ProgressNovember 18, 2016
The Ambitious Activism of Debbie AllenCenter for American ProgressOctober 28, 2016
Controversy Surrounding Filmmaker Nate Parker Highlights Need to Dismantle Rape Culture at Societal LevelCenter for American ProgressOctober 21, 2016
Say It Ain’t So, Ruth Bader GinsburgCenter for American ProgressOctober 14, 2016
The United States Can’t Wait for More Professors of ColorCenter for American ProgressOctober 7, 2016
Football Fever and Patriotic FervorCenter for American ProgressSeptember 9, 2016
Stepping Away from RacismCenter for American ProgressSeptember 2, 2016
Police Gone WildCenter for American ProgressAugust 19, 2016
Voting Rights Victories Are Pyrrhic but Worth CelebratingCenter for American ProgressAugust 4, 2016
Broadening Our Policy Awareness to Include Urban Native AmericansCenter for American ProgressJuly 29, 2016
A Voting Rights StoryCenter for American ProgressJuly 22, 2016
When Words Fail UsCenter for American ProgressJuly 14, 2016
Americans Must Understand that a Bullet Has All of Our Names on ItCenter for American ProgressJuly 1, 2016
Continuing Inequalities Blur the American DreamCenter for American ProgressJune 23, 2016
In the Media, Homogenized Gatekeepers Beget a Uniform MessageCenter for American ProgressJune 17, 2016
The Greatest of All TimeCenter for American ProgressJune 10, 2016
In Response to the Unknown and FacelessCenter for American ProgressMay 26, 2016
Buchanan’s Fantasy Past Isn’t Prologue to America’s FutureCenter for American ProgressMay 13, 2016
At Long Last, A Wrong Righted for Disenfranchised VirginiansCenter for American ProgressApril 28, 2016
The Problem with the National Response to Police RacismCenter for American ProgressApril 21, 2016
Add Cultural Critic to List of Superhero PowersCenter for American ProgressApril 14, 2016
When Home DisappearsCenter for American ProgressApril 7, 2016
Poisonous Rhetoric, Then and NowCenter for American ProgressApril 1, 2016
The Contemporary Reality of the Ku Klux KlanCenter for American ProgressMarch 16, 2016
Confronting the Racial Pay GapCenter for American ProgressMarch 9, 2016
Demographic Change Isn’t Political DestinyCenter for American ProgressMarch 3, 2016
The Racially Insensitive Legacy of Justice Antonin ScaliaCenter for American ProgressFebruary 24, 2016
Reclaiming History in ‘The Birth of a Nation’Center for American ProgressFebruary 10, 2016
Why #OscarsSoWhite MattersCenter for American ProgressJanuary 27, 2016
Saving the Best for LastCenter for American ProgressJanuary 14, 2016
When a ‘Race Problem’ Becomes a Social ChallengeCenter for American ProgressNovember 25, 2015
The Inequality Racism Begets Affects Us AllCenter for American ProgressNovember 12, 2015
America’s Latest Drug Epidemic is a Horse of a Different ColorCenter for American ProgressNovember 4, 2015
The Myth of Police ReluctanceCenter for American ProgressOctober 28, 2015
The Long, Reenergized Fight to Improve Policing in BaltimoreCenter for American ProgressOctober 21, 2015
Putin Should Not Throw StonesCenter for American ProgressSeptember 30, 2015
What Good Is an Apology 32 Years Delayed?Center for American ProgressSeptember 16, 2015
Returning Home to an Odd Mixture of Progress and RetreatCenter for American ProgressSeptember 2, 2015
The Legacy of KatrinaCenter for American ProgressAugust 28, 2015
The Enduring Legacy of Julian BondCenter for American ProgressAugust 19, 2015
Atticus Finch and Bill Cosby—Fallen Heroes?Center for American ProgressJuly 15, 2015
Examining White PrivilegeCenter for American ProgressJuly 8, 2015
Confronting White PrivilegeCenter for American ProgressJuly 1, 2015
Taking Down a Symbol of HateCenter for American ProgressJune 25, 2015
The Curious Case of Rachel DolezalCenter for American ProgressJune 17, 2015
In Trendsetting California, Grassroots Organizing Brings Progressive ChangeCenter for American ProgressJune 11, 2015
Exploring Our Unconscious BiasesCenter for American ProgressJune 3, 2015
Choosing Our Words CarefullyCenter for American ProgressMay 20, 2015
Baltimore Underscores a Need to Rethink How We Address Poverty in the United StatesCenter for American ProgressMay 6, 2015
The Roots of Baltimore’s UnrestCenter for American ProgressApril 30, 2015
An Ivy League Game of the DozensCenter for American ProgressApril 22, 2015
Old School Love Recognizes the University of North Carolina’s Painful PastCenter for American ProgressApril 1, 2015
Starbucks’ Scribblings Can’t Induce Public to ‘Race Together’Center for American ProgressMarch 25, 2015
Remembering an Unheralded Champion of American DemocracyCenter for American ProgressMarch 18, 2015
Why Does Racism Surprise Us?Center for American ProgressMarch 12, 2015
Diversity Is Coming to a Town Near YouCenter for American ProgressFebruary 25, 2015
When it Comes to Teaching History, There Are Lessons for All to LearnCenter for American ProgressFebruary 18, 2015
When Words Are Used as WeaponsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 11, 2015
Driving Targeted Policies to Address the Wealth GapCenter for American ProgressFebruary 5, 2015
When White Folks Catch a Cold, Black Folks Get PneumoniaCenter for American ProgressJanuary 28, 2015
Pop-Up Leadership and a New Generation of ProtestingCenter for American ProgressJanuary 21, 2015
Stuart Scott, a Television Pioneer, RememberedCenter for American ProgressJanuary 8, 2015
America’s Dearth of Open-MindednessCenter for American ProgressDecember 3, 2014
Why Young, Minority, and Low-Income Citizens Don’t VoteCenter for American ProgressNovember 6, 2014
U.S. Ebola Hysteria Is the Wrong Response to the EpidemicCenter for American ProgressOctober 23, 2014
Numbers Put the Lie to Our National NarrativeCenter for American ProgressOctober 2, 2014
How to (Not) Get Away with Being Out of TouchCenter for American ProgressSeptember 25, 2014
Why Immigration Reform Is Good for AllCenter for American ProgressSeptember 10, 2014
Will The Troubles in Ferguson Point Toward a New Way Forward?Center for American ProgressAugust 21, 2014
Correcting the Media’s Skewed PerspectiveCenter for American ProgressAugust 13, 2014
Racism Is Impossible to Prove, But History Provides InsightCenter for American ProgressJuly 16, 2014
Millennial Voters Aren’t Conservatives in WaitingCenter for American ProgressJuly 9, 2014
The Surprises of a Changing NationCenter for American ProgressJuly 2, 2014
Why Do We Have Gridlocked Government?Center for American ProgressJune 25, 2014
The Possibilities of a Changed LifeCenter for American ProgressJune 11, 2014
Moving Forward with ‘My Brother’s Keeper’Center for American ProgressJune 3, 2014
Good News: America Graduates Record Level of High School StudentsCenter for American ProgressMay 20, 2014
Rethinking Affirmative ActionCenter for American ProgressMay 14, 2014
The Conundrum of White-Male PrivilegeCenter for American ProgressMay 6, 2014
Calling Foul Against Racism in the NBACenter for American ProgressApril 29, 2014
Challenges Remain in the Battle for Equal RightsCenter for American ProgressApril 15, 2014
Of Bats, Gloves, and an All-In NationCenter for American ProgressApril 1, 2014
When BBQ Meets DiversityCenter for American ProgressMarch 19, 2014
In Pursuit of Equitable ChangeCenter for American ProgressMarch 11, 2014
A Presidential Effort to Help Black and Latino YouthCenter for American ProgressMarch 5, 2014
The Meaning of Race in a 21st Century AmericaCenter for American ProgressFebruary 25, 2014
What Will Be the Political Discourse Post-Obama?Center for American ProgressFebruary 11, 2014
Coming Together on Behalf of Unemployed AmericansCenter for American ProgressJanuary 7, 2014
Remembering Nelson MandelaCenter for American ProgressDecember 10, 2013
Is White Supremacy Making a Comeback?Center for American ProgressNovember 19, 2013
Hoop Dreams Versus Hoop RealityCenter for American ProgressNovember 12, 2013
The President and the PressCenter for American ProgressNovember 5, 2013
Parsing Myth from Reality in U.S. Gun CultureCenter for American ProgressOctober 22, 2013
Hard-Right Americans Fear the FutureCenter for American ProgressOctober 8, 2013
Marissa Alexander Stands Her GroundCenter for American ProgressOctober 1, 2013
Why Economic Disadvantage Becomes Educational DisadvantageCenter for American ProgressSeptember 24, 2013
How to Fix College SportsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 17, 2013
Looking Back at the Leadership of Ben JealousCenter for American ProgressSeptember 10, 2013
An American Dreamer’s Sad AwakeningCenter for American ProgressAugust 13, 2013
It’s Time to Go ‘All In’Center for American ProgressJuly 30, 2013
Remembering the Many Voices at the March on WashingtonCenter for American ProgressJuly 23, 2013
Let’s Celebrate Triumph, Not TragedyCenter for American ProgressJuly 16, 2013
Hockey as a Harbinger of Social ChangeCenter for American ProgressJuly 2, 2013
Small Gains for Affirmative ActionCenter for American ProgressJune 25, 2013
Witness to WhitenessCenter for American ProgressJune 18, 2013
Rude Perhaps, but Heckling Is Nothing NewCenter for American ProgressJune 11, 2013
Cereal Ad Gives Us All Something to Chew OnCenter for American ProgressJune 4, 2013
2012 Election Was a Historic First for Black VotersCenter for American ProgressMay 14, 2013
When the Facts No Longer Matter, Democracy Is at StakeCenter for American ProgressMay 7, 2013
Jason Collins’s Anticlimactic AnnouncementCenter for American ProgressApril 30, 2013
The American Media DietCenter for American ProgressApril 16, 2013
Let’s Agree to DisagreeCenter for American ProgressApril 9, 2013
Moving Past Stereotypes in Basketball—and in LifeCenter for American ProgressMarch 26, 2013
Fixing the GOPCenter for American ProgressMarch 19, 2013
What Does the Facebook Generation Think About Racism?Center for American ProgressMarch 12, 2013
The Media’s Stereotypical Portrayals of RaceCenter for American ProgressMarch 5, 2013
Racial Flap Could Have Unintended ConsequencesCenter for American ProgressFebruary 26, 2013
Overlooked Story of Black Immigrants in the United States Deserves AttentionCenter for American ProgressFebruary 19, 2013
Black Immigration Views Too Often Ignore Fact and HistoryCenter for American ProgressFebruary 12, 2013
Lift Every VoiceCenter for American ProgressFebruary 5, 2013
1963 Can Still Teach Us SomethingCenter for American ProgressJanuary 29, 2013
Another Inaugural Call for Bipartisanship and InvolvementCenter for American ProgressJanuary 22, 2013
Planned Cable Reality Show Hit with ProtestCenter for American ProgressJanuary 15, 2013
The Escapist and Thought-Provoking ‘Django Unchained’Center for American ProgressJanuary 8, 2013
AP Poll Shows Increase in Racist Sentiment, but It Shouldn’t Be BelievedCenter for American ProgressDecember 11, 2012
The Republican Party Has No Interest in Courting Black VotersCenter for American ProgressNovember 27, 2012
A New Strategy for the Republican PartyCenter for American ProgressNovember 20, 2012
Final Lessons from the Campaign TrailCenter for American ProgressNovember 6, 2012
Let’s Talk About Race and PovertyCenter for American ProgressOctober 23, 2012
Right-Wing Executives Threaten Employees Over Election ResultsCenter for American ProgressOctober 16, 2012
Remembering James MeredithCenter for American ProgressOctober 2, 2012
Coming Together to Help Black Boys and MenCenter for American ProgressSeptember 25, 2012
3 Takeaways from the Democratic National ConventionCenter for American ProgressSeptember 11, 2012
Obama at the DNC: How Different is America from What He Hoped for in 2004?Center for American ProgressSeptember 6, 2012
Secession Isn’t the AnswerCenter for American ProgressAugust 14, 2012
It’s Not Too Late to Save the Middle ClassCenter for American ProgressAugust 7, 2012
Fighting FatherlessnessCenter for American ProgressJuly 31, 2012
What Do the Poor Deserve?Center for American ProgressJuly 24, 2012
How Important Is Your Vote?Center for American ProgressJuly 17, 2012
The Black in the RainbowCenter for American ProgressJuly 10, 2012
Upping the Presence of South Asian Americans on the Political StageCenter for American ProgressJuly 3, 2012
A Front Seat to Policymaking in AfricaCenter for American ProgressJune 5, 2012
French Voters Offer the United States a Campaign LessonCenter for American ProgressMay 15, 2012
President Obama Can Come Out on Gay MarriageCenter for American ProgressMay 8, 2012
The Intersection of Pop Culture and RaceCenter for American ProgressMay 1, 2012
This Isn’t a Postracial AmericaCenter for American ProgressApril 17, 2012
Lessons from John Derbyshire’s DismissalCenter for American ProgressApril 10, 2012
The Death of Affirmative ActionCenter for American ProgressApril 3, 2012
Delivering Justice for Trayvon Martin and Fighting VigilantismCenter for American ProgressMarch 27, 2012
Transforming ‘white culture’ in the wake of Trayvon Martin shootingThe GrioMarch 26, 2012
Transforming ‘White Culture’ in the Wake of Martin ShootingCenter for American ProgressMarch 20, 2012
Income Differences Divide the College Campus in AmericaCenter for American ProgressMarch 13, 2012
Selma to Montgomery, Then and NowCenter for American ProgressMarch 6, 2012
Many Faiths, One NationCenter for American ProgressFebruary 28, 2012
What Linsanity Reveals About Our NationCenter for American ProgressFebruary 21, 2012
Are Americans in Denial About Inequality?Center for American ProgressFebruary 7, 2012
How Gov. Brewer Actually Helped President ObamaCenter for American ProgressJanuary 31, 2012
We Need Diversity in EducationCenter for American ProgressDecember 6, 2011
Dumbing It Down on Fox NewsCenter for American ProgressNovember 29, 2011
Did We Really Expect the Super Committee to Succeed?Center for American ProgressNovember 22, 2011
Bargaining and BasketballCenter for American ProgressNovember 15, 2011
Pat Buchanan: America Is DoomedCenter for American ProgressNovember 8, 2011
Undermining DemocracyCenter for American ProgressNovember 1, 2011
Toward 2050 in VirginiaCenter for American ProgressOctober 18, 2011
Parsing the PollsCenter for American ProgressOctober 4, 2011
The Value of National ServiceCenter for American ProgressSeptember 27, 2011
New Study: Americans Ho-Hum About Changing DemographicsCenter for American ProgressAugust 30, 2011
Rededicating Ourselves to Dr. King’s “Dream”Center for American ProgressAugust 23, 2011
The Race for the White HouseCenter for American ProgressAugust 16, 2011
The Catch 22 of Racial DisparitiesCenter for American ProgressAugust 9, 2011
Don’t Judge a Book by Its CoverCenter for American ProgressAugust 2, 2011
Sounding the Wrong AlarmCenter for American ProgressJuly 19, 2011
A Tale of Two Young Black MenCenter for American ProgressJuly 12, 2011
‘Gangsta’ Ad Misfires on Racist RightCenter for American ProgressJune 21, 2011
The White Working Class and America’s Shifting Racial LandscapeCenter for American ProgressJune 14, 2011
Georgia Chopsticks, LLCCenter for American ProgressJune 7, 2011
Playing the DozensCenter for American ProgressMay 24, 2011
Antiracism Increasingly a Black and White AffairCenter for American ProgressMay 17, 2011
Less than CitizensCenter for American ProgressMay 11, 2011
Osama’s Death Unites Americans that Came of Age After 9/11Center for American ProgressMay 3, 2011
Little-Known History Makes a Big DifferenceCenter for American ProgressApril 19, 2011
Did We Back the Wrong Horse?Center for American ProgressApril 12, 2011
Real Diversity Requires Diverse ThinkingCenter for American ProgressApril 5, 2011
The People v. Wal-MartCenter for American ProgressMarch 29, 2011
Liberate National Public Radio!Center for American ProgressMarch 22, 2011
Every (Black Man) an Obama?Center for American ProgressMarch 15, 2011
El Futuro de Nuestra NaciónCenter for American ProgressMarch 9, 2011
Majority Minority ToddlersCenter for American ProgressMarch 8, 2011
Black Power—The True Meaning of the Term, Then and NowCenter for American ProgressMarch 1, 2011
The Silent DeclineCenter for American ProgressFebruary 22, 2011
States’ Rights ReduxCenter for American ProgressFebruary 15, 2011
Why Do Some Americans Love Guns So Much?Center for American ProgressFebruary 1, 2011
DREAM to Nightmare for Stellar StudentCenter for American ProgressJanuary 25, 2011
Violence Doesn’t WorkCenter for American ProgressJanuary 11, 2011
Gearing Up for the Health Care ShowdownCenter for American ProgressJanuary 4, 2011
Can’t We Care for Those Who Need Help the Most?Center for American ProgressDecember 7, 2010
Scanning for Terrorists Fairly and EffectivelyCenter for American ProgressNovember 23, 2010
All in the FamilyCenter for American ProgressNovember 16, 2010
The Leaders of the African-American Tea PartyCenter for American ProgressNovember 9, 2010
The Civil War TodayCenter for American ProgressNovember 2, 2010
The Essence of MarriageCenter for American ProgressOctober 26, 2010
Blacks Could Preserve a Progressive MajorityCenter for American ProgressOctober 19, 2010
When Jokes Trump DiscourseCenter for American ProgressOctober 5, 2010
Challenging the Social and Government Institutions We NeedCenter for American ProgressSeptember 28, 2010
Majority-Minority ConflictsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 21, 2010
Whistling DixieCenter for American ProgressSeptember 14, 2010
God Made Me Do ItCenter for American ProgressAugust 31, 2010
The Cost of Lying about the President’s ReligionCenter for American ProgressAugust 24, 2010
Shelter Needed Amid the Housing StormCenter for American ProgressAugust 17, 2010
Effort to Repeal 14th Amendment Canny like a FoxCenter for American ProgressAugust 10, 2010
Editorializing While BlackCenter for American ProgressAugust 3, 2010
Obama Should Speak UpCenter for American ProgressJuly 27, 2010
Oldsters Mix It Up over RaceCenter for American ProgressJuly 21, 2010
Don’t Take the BaitCenter for American ProgressApril 13, 2010
Blacks vs. Immigrants Is a Zero-Sum ArgumentCenter for American ProgressMarch 19, 2010
Reid Was RightCenter for American ProgressJanuary 11, 2010
No Background Check? No ProblemCenter for American ProgressNovember 2, 2009
Expert in the Field: Greensboro, North CarolinaCenter for American ProgressSeptember 22, 2009
Loving Thy NeighborCenter for American ProgressSeptember 22, 2009
More Money, More ProblemsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 15, 2009
Atta Boy, BarneyCenter for American ProgressAugust 19, 2009
The Real “Teachable Moment”Center for American ProgressJuly 28, 2009
Behind the “Birther Movement”Center for American ProgressJuly 27, 2009