Brentin Mock

Brentin Mock

Brentin Mock is a staff writer at CityLab. He was previously the justice editor at Grist.

'Coronaman' Is the Horror Spoof PSA Georgia Needs

With Georgia lifting shelter-in-place restrictions, Atlanta filmmaker Bobby Huntley II’s spoof trailer “Coronaman” takes a different tack on a stay-home PSA.

Demonstrators react during a Chicago Teachers Union protest in Chicago, March 27, 2013. Thousands of demonstrators rallied in downtown Chicago on Wednesday to protest the city's plan to close 54 public schools, primarily in Hispanic and African-American neighborhoods.

What Happens to Democracy When Schools Close

A forthcoming book documents how politically active communities became disengaged after local schools were shuttered. Now, more schools may face permanent closure.

U.K. Told Immigrants 'Go Home,' But Now It Needs Them

Immigrant deportation policies forced some nurses and medical support workers out of the U.K. before the coronavirus pandemic. Now the U.K. needs them.

How America Has Racialized Medicine During Epidemics

As data emerges that African Americans are suffering disproportionately from Covid-19, medical practices from past epidemics shed light on a history of racism.

These States Are Sowing Confusion About Cities’ Power to Fight Covid-19

Mixed messages on the legal concept of preemption are confusing cities that want to pass stronger Covid-19 actions, like closed beaches and shelter in place.

A State Besieged by Coronavirus Asks Police to Slow Arrests

Despite Covid-19’s spread in New Orleans, police have recently increased arrests for nonviolent crimes. Louisiana’s top court could put a stop to that.

A Green Stimulus Plan for a Post-Coronavirus Economy

A group of U.S. economists, academics and policymakers say the Covid-19 pandemic is an opportunity to fix the economy — and the planet — for the long term.

Where Inmates Are Getting Bailed Out in the Coronavirus Crisis

Dozens of cities and counties are releasing inmates to lower the risk of a Covid-19 outbreak. But some notable ones are holding out.

An African healthcare worker takes her time washing her hands due to a virus outbreak/.

Why You Should Stop Joking That Black People Are Immune to Coronavirus

There’s a fatal history behind the claim that African Americans are more resistant to diseases like Covid-19 or yellow fever.

What Happened When I Probed Facebook About Workplace Diversity in My City

Facebook’s new Pittsburgh research lab says it’s building technology for the “future of work.” But it’s unclear whether there are black people in that future.

The Endangered Black Bars of New Orleans

Photographer L. Kasimu Harris has been documenting the closures of African-American-owned bars in New Orleans. He fears that black culture is being erased along with them.

Why Black Businesses and Homeownership Won’t Close the Wealth Gap

Economic plans like Mike Bloomberg’s assume that boosting black homeownership and entrepreneurs will close racial wealth gaps. New research suggests it won’t.

The Problem With Research on Racial Bias and Police Shootings

Despite new research on police brutality, we still have no idea whether violence toward African Americans is fueled by racial prejudice. That has consequences.

How Racism Became a Public Health Crisis in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh’s city council voted to declare racism a health crisis, following precedents set by Madison and Milwaukee. Here’s what it means—and what it doesn’t.

photo: Dominque Walker, founder of Moms 4 Housing, n the kitchen of the vacant house in West Oakland that the group occupied to draw attention to fair housing issues.

A Group of Mothers, a Vacant Home, and a Win for Fair Housing

The activist group Moms 4 Housing occupied a vacant home in Oakland to draw attention to the city’s affordability crisis. They ended up launching a movement.

What ‘Livability’ Looks Like for Black Women

Livability indexes can obscure the experiences of non-white people. CityLab analyzed the outcomes just for black women, for a different kind of ranking.

photo: In a scene from 'Queen & Slim,' the film's fleeing protagonists find temporary refuge in a Deep South juke joint.

‘Queen & Slim’ Is a Cinematic Ode to Black America's Last Safe Space

The film asks you to believe that an African American couple fleeing police would have a better shot at freedom in the Deep South than in the North. Here's why.

Neighborhoods With More People of Color Pay Higher Energy Bills

Not only are residents of minority neighborhoods paying more of their income for energy bills, but federal government housing policies are a huge part of the reason why.

A colorful mural with a woman's head and words reading "take me out to the go-go."

How Go-Go Music Became Kryptonite for Gentrification in D.C.

Go-go has become the soundtrack for a growing anti-gentrification movement in Washington. Now a city council bill wants to make it D.C.’s official music.

The Slave Revolt Reenactment Taking Over New Orleans

On November 8 and 9, costumed black people with replica guns will march across Louisiana reenacting one of the largest slave rebellions in U.S. history.

Mitch Landrieu at a podium with people behind him.

What Mitch Landrieu Learned About Racism in the American South

The former New Orleans mayor’s report back from his 11-month tour of the South reveals that racism in the region might be deeper than he imagined.