In this political season where the ghost of the Southern strategy has risen again via Donald Trump, political analysis from African Americans is more vital than ever. We need their thoughts, insight, wit and wisdom. Here are The Root’s top black political analysts, reporters, strategists and public intellectuals who we tune into when we want to better understand life inside and outside the Beltway.
1. Van Jones
Jones went from being out of a job in the Obama administration to becoming one of the most familiar faces on CNN. Already a leader in the advocacy community around tech and green issues, Jones expanded his repertoire as a commentator, and his March 1 “Jones vs. Jeffrey Lord” confrontation on CNN was one of the most memorable TV exchanges in years. Jones won.
2. Nia-Malika Henderson
After moving from Politico to the Washington Post, Henderson is probably seen by more people than any other African-American political correspondent as CNN’s senior political reporter.
3. Michael Steele
One of the few black Republicans seen regularly on the television circuit, and also one of the most direct and blunt when it comes to the inner workings of the GOP—something he knows more about than almost anyone, since he is the former Republican National Committee chairman.