Melissa Harris Lacewell Leaves The Root

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I can no longer be found on TheRoot.com in the “Down from the Tower” blog.  I resigned late last week after an editorial dispute.    Professor Marc Lamont Hill (Temple University) and I began writing Down from the Tower six months ago when TheRoot.com launched.  We conceived of the blog as a conversation between two progressive academics who often disagree but always manage to still like and respect one another.  Writing both the blog with Marc and in The Views section of TheRoot.com has been an incredible opportunity and a wonderful outlet during the Democratic primary campaigns in 2008.     However,  late last week I had an editorial dispute prompted by inappropriate comments made by another blogger on the site.  The comments have since been removed and I continue to have a great deal of  respect for the editorial staff at TheRoot. However, the violation of my personal and professional ethics was absolute and the resolution was slow in coming.  Therefore I made a decision to no longer write for the site. I wish TheRoot.com all the best and I am sure it will continue to flourish because it is a unique place on the web.     So, folks, look for me  on my personal blog on MelissaHarrisLacewell.com for now. I am pursuing other opportunities for my public writing and I promise to keep you up to date on where I can be found next!

19 thoughts on “Melissa Harris Lacewell Leaves The Root

  1. Say it ain’t so!

    Melissa, I really, really enjoyed your work. Please continue to post on the Barbershop!

    Oh well, when one door closes another one opens. I’m sure you will be moving on to a bigger and better venue! Looking forward to it!

  2. Please keep writing. Your commentary was very insightful. I also hope that you and Marc will continue with your exchanges.

  3. GO GIRL! KEEP IT PUSHING….I ADMIRE SISTERS WHO DEMAND WHAT THEY DESERVE…KUDOS TO YOU FOR STAYING WOKE AND STRONG! I’M LOOKING OUT FOR AND ROOTING FOR YOU DR. HARRIS-LACEWELL!

  4. OT but important …

    Tanya, I’ve posted another comment in the thread about the jazz singer replacing the National Anthem with another song.

    Apparently there is some problem with the comments section of this software. You could not see my No. 30 with the links to the stories that used the term “ev’ry” in them … I posted links to about 10 major newspapers.

    I’ve reposted my comment … let me know if you still can’t see it. It could be that the links are causing the comment to disappear … that’s happened to me before here.

  5. All the BEST Melissa, all the Best.

    Is the site affliated in any way with Princeton University or does it’s address (in the upper-right hand corner on the Home page) there strictly for contact purposes?

    IMHO Jimi Izrael is very…very…very…very over-rated…I’ll also say that educated fools are not an urban legend by no means.

    All the BEST Melissa, All the Best!

  6. I’m sad to see you go, Dr. H-L….but now I don’t have to see anything that damn Jimi Israel is writing about. It’s non-stop w/ that cat.

    Best of luck to you!

  7. I absolutely loved the chemistry between M&M. I have to be honest I didn’t know much about Marc before I started reading the blog (on The Root). However, I grew curious about this somewhat lone anti-Obama voice and ventured over to his personal blog. I respect his views even though I don’t always agree with him. I wish Melissa all the best.

    PS
    I know it had to be JI’s comments…calling a woman your work wife is sexist and demeaning. When I read his blog I thought it was disgusting how he objectified MLH. In a professional arena women are trained qualified equals that should be viewed as such.

  8. First, let me say that I agree 100% with Melissa’s decision. I only wish that more of us took stances as principled as the ones I see her take on a regular basis. Second, let me say that I am deeply and profoundly saddened by her departure. Working with her has truly been one of the highlights of my professional life. Melissa is the towering public intellectual of our generation, bar none, and I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from and share with her.

  9. Melissa is so cute! I saw a clip of her on Hip Hop v. America – “NOT IF YOUR WHITE!!!”

    She’s a smart woman with a lot of spunk! My kind of girl!

    I just wish you both weren’t so damn to the left!

    But anyway, I feel like I’m the only one who doesn’t know WHY Melissa resigned; anyone care to elaborate???

  10. Kind regards from Chicago, my sister. Props and all respect for taking your stance and standing your ground.

  11. Dr. Hill said,
    “First, let me say that I agree 100% with Melissa’s decision. I only wish that more of us took stances as principled as the ones I see her take on a regular basis. Second, let me say that I am deeply and profoundly saddened by her departure. Working with her has truly been one of the highlights of my professional life. Melissa is the towering public intellectual of our generation, bar none, and I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from and share with her.”

    Yeah,…’let the record reflect’…chuckles..

  12. I went to the root.com today, as I usually do. However, I was deeply saddened to see that JI is still apart of the team and Melissa is gone (whether it was by force or choice). It made me feel as if the good ole’ boys’ club has won again. Her anti sexism and anti misogyny voice is gone yet his remains. I thought that I could continue supporting the site because I liked the info. but the sight of JI’s picture makes me sick. His face reminds me that sexism rules, might is right, and true equality for women is still light years away from the earth.

    Missing Melissa in NYC

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