Brentin Mock

Brentin Mock

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

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Would Top Census Officials Hand Over Citizenship Status Data?

“No,” says a former chief demographer; they would resign before allowing the Trump administration to violate the confidentiality prized by Census Bureau culture.

Stockbridge, Georgia

Why the Vote to Secede From a Black City Failed in Georgia

There were many reasons to oppose letting Eagle’s Landing tear apart the city of Stockbridge, but it shouldn’t have even been on the ballot in the first place.

A home with a sign that says auction.

The Brazen Redlining Happening in Cleveland

A real estate agency has made a modern redlining map of Cleveland, but in a time of rising home prices, some say it might have the unintended effect of keeping housing affordable.

A woman holds a sign saying 'Vote Yes on 2.'

How Louisiana’s Amendment 2 Will Make Black Jurors Matter

The Louisiana vote to end non-unanimous jury verdicts, plus a new law restoring voting rights to people who've been convicted of felony crimes, equals a hobbling attack on Jim Crow.

A tower in the middle of Stockbridge's main commercial district.

The Strangest Form of White Flight

The wealthy residents of Eagle's Landing voted Tuesday on whether to secede from the metro Atlanta city of Stockbridge, just after a black mayor and an all-black city council took office.

Former New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu addresses CityLab Detroit

Mitch Landrieu Is Not Running From Race

The former New Orleans mayor wants everyone to know that there is a way to talk about race in America, and Donald Trump—that ain’t it.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh addresses CityLab Detroit.

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Is Willing to Tear It All Down

In her first two years, the troubled city’s mayor has had no shortage of challenges and controversies.

People gather for a vigil in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

The Synagogue Shooting in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill Was an Attack on Sanctuary

The neighborhood that was home to the Tree of Life Synagogue is a model of inclusivity in Pittsburgh. That’s why it was so vulnerable.

A sign says "wait here to vote" with a woman visible in the background.

Where Voter Suppression Hits Hardest in Georgia

In the swiftly diversifying Gwinnett County, the second largest county in Georgia, the best way to vote freely and fairly in the upcoming midterms is if you’re white.

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How Dismantling the Voting Rights Act Helped Georgia Discriminate Again

A decade ago, Georgia tried to implement a similar “exact-match” voter registration system but was thwarted by a key section of the Voting Rights Act. That section has been removed, leaving voters of color unprotected.

For Once, Racism Didn’t Work in Defending a Chicago Police Officer

The police officer who killed Laquan McDonald was convicted on Friday, despite a "Black Boogeyman" stereotype he cited to justify his fear of the unarmed teenager.

Bishop O.C. Allen III stands outside his church, a few feet away from Confederate Avenue in Atlanta.

Say Goodbye to Confederate Avenue

Atlanta is still working on rebranding streets named after Confederate figures.

A man sits facing a flooded parking lot and apartment buildings on the other side.

The Black Communities That Have Fought for Their Right to Exist in the Carolinas

The African-American families embroiled in litigation against toxic animal-feeding operations join a long history of black communities fighting for the right to their health in the Carolinas.

A man stands on a railway bridge to check the level of a flooded river.

Mapping Where Environmental Justice Is Most Threatened in the Carolinas

Eight places have long been vulnerable—and without them, we may not have the language, knowledge, and tools to fight environmental injustice in the age of climate change.

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‘Policing for Profit’ in Philadelphia Comes to an End

For decades, the city’s police department confiscated the property and cash of criminal suspects, even without convicting them of a crime, and used those seized assets to pay their salaries and buy equipment. No more.

Why Won’t Ben Carson Confront Discrimination?

HUD Secretary Ben Carson announced that he would be launching a “landlord engagement listening tour” later this month, but discrimination by many landlords can already be heard quite loudly.

How Rahm Emanuel Blew It on Police Reform

The Chicago trial of police officer Jason Van Dyke for killing Laquan McDonald is imminent. But even a guilty verdict can’t salvage Mayor Rahm Emanuel's legacy on police reform.

In Florida: A Throughline from Trayvon Martin to Andrew Gillum

Andrew Gillum, the first African-American candidate to win the Democratic nomination for governor of Florida, helped inspire the movement against the ”Stand Your Ground” law, launched after the murder of Trayvon Martin.

This photo from August 18 shows the home where Aretha Franklin was born, in Memphis, Tennessee. Franklin died two days earlier in her home in Detroit at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.

What’s Going on With Aretha Franklin’s Birth House in Memphis?

A community developer is hoping to turn Aretha Franklin’s birth home in Memphis into a place that honors her soul music legacy and the gospel music legacy of her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin.

A demonstrator dressed as Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest speaks with fellow protesters, Oct. 13, 2017. The Tennessee Historical Commission denied a request from the city of Memphis to remove a statue of Forrest from a city park.

Courts to Memphis: No, Spying on Protesters Is Not Good Police Work

A judge rejects the city of Memphis’s argument that an unpermitted protest is unlawful and therefore fair game for police surveillance.

Fresh Fest co-founder Michael Potter works on his own home brew as he tries to elevate the profile of black beer brewers across the country.

Yes, Black People Brew Beer, Too

As craft beer breweries pop up in cities across America, Michael Potter and Day Bracey want to make sure that African American brewers are not left off the map.