Last updated on: 1/12/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Joe Davidson Biography

Title:
Federal Diary Columnist at the Washington Post
Position:
Con to the question "Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?"
Reasoning:

“After taking office in 1981, Reagan began a sustained attack on the government’s civil rights apparatus, opened an assault on affirmative action and social welfare programs, embraced the white racist leaders of then-apartheid South Africa and waged war on a tiny, black Caribbean nation…

In 1984, he successfully campaigned for reelection on a ‘Morning in America’ theme. But his presidency was a long and dreary night for African Americans. Consider this record. Reagan:…

  • Supported racism with remarks like those that characterized poor, black women as ‘welfare queens.’

    * Fired U.S. Commission on Civil Rights members who were critical of his civil rights policies, including his strong opposition to affirmative action programs…

    * Sought to limit and gut the Voting Rights Act.

    * Slashed important programs like the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) that provided needed assistance to black people…

    The gushy tributes to Reagan might be understandable eulogies, but they also are a testament to the persistence of two Americas, one black and one white. The two don’t see things the same and the reaction to Reagan is just one more example.”

“Reagan: A Contrary View,” msnbc.com, June 7, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Federal Diary Columnist, Washington Post, 2008-present
  • Political Columnist, BET.com and MSNBC.com
  • Commentator, National Public Radio (NPR)
  • Founding Board Member, National Association of Black Journalists
  • Editor, Focus Magazine, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, 2002-2008
  • Former President, Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists
  • Former Ethics Fellow and Visiting Faculty Member, Poynter Institute
  • Creator, Rainbow/PUSH Journal
  • Former Assistant City Editor, Washington Post
  • Former Washington and Johannesburg Correspondent, Wall Street Journal
  • Former Contributing Editor, Emerge magazine
  • Former Managing Editor, National Leader
  • Former Contributing Correspondent, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, PBS
  • Former City Hall Reporter, Philadelphia Inquirer
Education:
  • Master’s Degree, Public Policy, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Political Science and Education, Oakland University
Other:
  • Recipient, National Association of Black Journalists’ Founders Medal
  • Recipient, Society of Professional Journalists’ Award for Governmental Reporting
  • Recipient, Lincoln University’s First Place Award for Investigative Reporting
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?