Steven Gray

Steven Gray is a Washington Correspondent for TIME and the magazine's former Detroit bureau chief. Previously, he contributed to Fortune magazine and worked as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. He was born in New Orleans and graduated from Howard University.

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For Black Conservatism, the Right Time and the Wrong Candidate

Herman Cain’s improbable rise to the top of Republican presidential primary polls — and the prospect that two black men, including an incumbent, could compete head-on for the White House next year — should be proof that American politics has moved beyond race. Instead, Cain’s candidacy has been marred by empty self-promotion, …

Cain’s Planned Parenthood ‘Genocide’ Remark

Somewhat lost in the firestorm of sexual harassment allegations were Herman Cain’s comments on Sunday’s Face the Nation regarding abortion – chiefly, that Planned Parenthood clinics are intentionally placed in black neighborhoods to perpetrate genocide. They actually reflect a view that’s regaining traction among socially …

How the 2012 Republicans Are Faring with Latino Voters

Last weekend in Tennessee, Herman Cain boasted that as President, he’d build a fence along the U.S.-Mexican border “20-feet high, with barbed wire, and electrified.” The crowd applauded, and in an interview a day later, Cain shrugged the whole thing off as “a joke.” He might come to regret being so cavalier about immigration, …

Obama’s Message to Black Leaders: “Stop Complaining”

President Obama’s address to the Congressional Black Caucus’ annual dinner on Saturday was striking. First, there was Obama’s tone; the cadence – “a bit ‘a help,” instead of “a bit of help” – was reminiscent of a black Southern preacher, and candidate Obama of 2008. Second, he invoked a familiar Biblical theme by …

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