Since 1998 Jim Schutze has been a columnist for the Dallas Observer, writing about local politics and culture. Schutze has been a recipient of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies’ national award for best commentary twice and Lincoln University’s national Unity Award for writing on civil rights and racial issues three times. In 2003 he received the National Association of Black Journalists’ award for commentary. In 2011 Schutze was admitted to the Texas Institute of Letters.
19 hours ago | Education
How times have changed.The worst threat posed to poor minority kids in Dallas once came from a callous white leadership. Now poor and minority kids get shafted by a callous black Southern Dallas leadership that cares more about preserving its good...
19 hours ago | City Hall
Three things to say about the death of the Trinity toll road project, authorized by city voters in 1998, killed by the Dallas City Council three weeks ago — Thing 1, Thing 2 and the Big Thing. The first thing, you will find obvious, the second les...
2 days ago | News
The Confederate statues debate is coming at us so fast that nobody in Dallas should feel embarrassed about having to change footing, alter or even flip a previous position. I know I’m not. Did what I said about it a month ago even make sense back ...
13 days ago | Crime
The fun thing about being a reporter, the payoff, is getting to talk to interesting people. So that’s what I have been doing lately — calling people and getting them to talk to me without a specific agenda. Mariana Griggs, a 40-year-old mother of ...
14 days ago | City Hall
The fun thing about being a reporter, the payoff, is getting to talk to interesting people. Often I hang up after an interview and think, “I wish I could call that person back some day and just get him or her to ramble on about whatever. I bet it ...
15 days ago | City Hall
Pearlie Mae Brown, 80, still doesn’t have her house fixed. An engaging smile breaks across her face, then disappears, subsumed by worry. Rocking on the front porch of her small beige cottage on Crossman Avenue in West Dallas, she seems too tiny, t...