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Shani O. Hilton

Shani O. Hilton
DC Correspondent
Washington, D.C.

Shani O. Hilton is the Washington, D.C. correspondent for Colorlines.com. She covers the intersection of congressional and White House politics and racial justice. Shani also works as the associate editor of CampusProgress.org. A native of central California, Shani earned a degree in journalism from Howard University. Her writing has appeared in The American Prospect, TheAtlantic.com, The Root, and other publications. She also maintains a personal blog where she muses on pop culture, race, and feminism.

Shani tweets at @shani_o.

The Politicians of Color Who Stand to Win Mitt Romney's Veepstakes

The Politicians of Color Who Stand to Win Mitt Romney’s Veepstakes

by Shani O. Hilton on May 1 2012, 10:05AM

In the race to fill out this year’s GOP presidential ticket, the most interesting options for vice presidential running mates are non-white guys.

Topics: GOP Primary, Politics

Feds: Bias Against Transgender Employees Is Sex Discrimination

by Shani O. Hilton on April 24 2012, 5:04PM

The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission says Mia Macy, a transgender federal employee, can in fact file a bias claim under Title VII after being denied a job her gender identity.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, /NOW

Mitt Romney's Dismal Racial Justice Track Record

Mitt Romney’s Dismal Racial Justice Track Record

by Shani O. Hilton on April 18 2012, 8:56AM

Now that he’s the clear front-runner for the GOP nomination, we’re breaking down just where he stands on the issues that matter most to people of color.

Topics: 2012 Election, GOP Primary, Politics

Where Will a Next Generation Emerge in Black Electoral Politics?

Where Will a Next Generation Emerge in Black Electoral Politics?

by Shani O. Hilton on April 2 2012, 9:39AM

Four years ago youth of color—and African Americans in particular—played a larger role than they had in generations. Will that generation continue to vote, organize and even find their way into key campaign roles in such significant numbers?

Topics: Politics

The GOP Isn't the Only Party That Must Face Younger, Browner Nation

The GOP Isn’t the Only Party That Must Face Younger, Browner Nation

by Shani O. Hilton on March 16 2012, 9:28AM

Young Democrats are urging the party to spend more time and resources on cultivating the leadership of young people of color.

Topics: Politics

The Auto Bailout Saved Michigan--If You Don't Count Black Workers

The Auto Bailout Saved Michigan—If You Don’t Count Black Workers

by Shani O. Hilton on February 29 2012, 9:43AM

Mitt Romney and President Obama have slugged it out over the Detroit bailout. It’s clear at this point that the bailout revived the auto industry. But thus far, it’s not been enough to heal the most ailing part of Michigan’s economy: black employment.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

How Economists Tally Unemployment--and Its Affect on the Black Jobless Rate Infographic

How Economists Tally Unemployment—and Its Affect on the Black Jobless Rate

by Shani O. Hilton, Hatty Lee on February 23 2012, 9:55AM

January saw a remarkable three-point drop in black joblessness. Economists are skeptical it’s real. But why? Put on your data nerd hat, because we’ve got the explanation.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

What Drove a Sudden, Steep Drop in Black Unemployment? Nobody Knows

What Drove a Sudden, Steep Drop in Black Unemployment? Nobody Knows

by Shani O. Hilton on February 9 2012, 9:40AM

Black unemployment dropped a whopping 3 percent in January, fueled by hiring of black men. Economists who’ve tracked black joblessness are waiting for the other shoe to drop—was it a statistical quirk, or is there a jobs renaissance afoot in black America?

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

Young Activists Plot the Future of the LGBT Rights Movement

Young Activists Plot the Future of the LGBT Rights Movement

by Shani O. Hilton on January 30 2012, 9:00AM

Over 2,000 people showed up at the annual Creating Change conference in Baltimore to talk about building an inclusive agenda for queer activists and allies.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Obama's Feeling His Power Lately. What Else Can He Do With It?

Obama’s Feeling His Power Lately. What Else Can He Do With It?

by Shani O. Hilton on January 11 2012, 9:58AM

In 2012, President Obama has discovered the power of his office—he’s taken three big executive actions that are just the sort justice advocates have been begging for all along. What else could he do before Election Day?

Topics: Politics

The Dirtiest of Words on Capitol Hill:

The Dirtiest of Words on Capitol Hill: “Racism”

by Shani O. Hilton on January 3 2012, 9:59AM

Shani O. Hilton searches the words that members of Congress use as stand-ins for frank conversations about race, and finds some interesting trends.

Topics: Politics

Why (Very White) Iowa and New Hampshire Mean So Much in Politics

Why (Very White) Iowa and New Hampshire Mean So Much in Politics

by Shani O. Hilton on December 15 2011, 9:42AM

Both Democrats and Republicans put the bulk of their primary campaign efforts into states with largely white electorates. Meanwhile, voters of color seem like just an afterthought in the process.

Topics: GOP Primary, Politics

What Congress Could Do on Jobs, While Hiding Behind Locked Doors

What Congress Could Do on Jobs, While Hiding Behind Locked Doors

by Shani O. Hilton on December 9 2011, 10:01AM

Several lawmakes literally hid from thousands who swarmed the Capitol this week to demand action on jobs. Here’s some of the actions they could have long ago taken.

Topics: Economy, Jobs Crisis

Newt Gingrich's Decades-Old Policy Attack on Communities of Color

Newt Gingrich’s Decades-Old Policy Attack on Communities of Color

by Shani O. Hilton on December 5 2011, 9:30AM

From welfare reform to the expansion of the nation’s prisons, the GOP frontrunner was the face of an onslaught of policies that disproportionately impacted black Americans.

Topics: GOP Primary, Politics

The Super Committee Has Failed?! Wait, What's a Super Committee?

The Super Committee Has Failed?! Wait, What’s a Super Committee?

by Shani O. Hilton on November 22 2011, 10:45AM

In Southeast D.C., where unemployment is close to 30 percent and where people are most likely to feel the pain of social service cuts, it’s enough to know the big picture: “They don’t seem to care about us.”

Topics: Debt Deal, Politics

The White House Punts on Policies That Affect People of Color

The White House Punts on Policies That Affect People of Color

by Shani O. Hilton on November 16 2011, 10:32AM

Rather than supporting activists, it seems that the White House is simply gearing up for the election by attempting to protect itself from particularly liberal-friendly policies until the campaign is over.

Topics: Politics

Herman Cain's Break With Black Conservatism Gets Him White Support

Herman Cain’s Break With Black Conservatism Gets Him White Support

by Shani O. Hilton on November 11 2011, 10:00AM

Embattled GOP favorite Herman Cain has built his presidential campaign on being unapologetically rich, and black.

Topics: GOP Primary, Politics

Rep. Keith Ellison Says Congress Can't Afford to Ignore Racial Profiling

Rep. Keith Ellison Says Congress Can’t Afford to Ignore Racial Profiling

by Shani O. Hilton on October 28 2011, 12:48PM

The ACLU is promoting a bill called the End Racial Profiling Act to curb shady practices by law enforcement.

Topics: Politics

Herman Cain's Tax Plan is Falling Out of Favor With Voters

Herman Cain’s Tax Plan is Falling Out of Favor With Voters

by Shani O. Hilton on October 26 2011, 1:00PM

Conservatives prefer Rick Perry’s approach.

Topics: Politics

Herman Cain Defends Plans for Border 'Technology' in GOP Debate

Herman Cain Defends Plans for Border ‘Technology’ in GOP Debate

by Shani O. Hilton on October 19 2011, 10:07AM

If you think Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan is bad, wait ‘till you hear what’s he’s got in store for immigration enforcement.

Topics: Politics

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