Author

Janice Ellis

Janice Ellis

Janice Ellis has lived and worked in Missouri for more than three decades, analyzing educational, political, social and economic issues across race, ethnicity, age and socio-economic status. Her commentary has appeared in The Kansas City Star, community newspapers, on radio and now online. She is the author of two award-winning books: "From Liberty to Magnolia: In Search of the American Dream" and "Shaping Public Opinion: How Real Advocacy Journalism™ Should be Practiced." Ellis holds a Ph.D. in communication arts, and two master of arts degrees, one in communications arts and a second in political science, all from the University of Wisconsin.

COMMENTARY

The biggest threat to American democracy comes from within

By: - April 11, 2022

This commentary originally appeared the Missouri Independent. Ukraine’s desperate fight to avoid authoritarian rule is a stark reminder of how important our democracy is — how much we need to treasure it, protect it and continue to work to make it better. Ensuring that our democracy prevails must be done in every unit of government […]

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If you think you are living in a divided America, it’s nothing new

By: - February 22, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in the Missouri Independent. We are the United States of America. At least, that is who we have always claimed to be. But are we? Have we ever been? Considering where we are today, and the state of our public discourse, it begs the questions. The brazen and hateful divisions playing […]

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Appointing a Black woman to the Supreme Court is not affirmative action

By: - February 8, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in the Missouri Independent. The distorted misinformation about affirmative action is once again raising its ugly head around the potential nomination of a Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court. Before any qualified, likely overqualified, Black woman is nominated for the Supreme Court, her reputation is being tainted by the notion […]