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Leonard Pitts: A great moment in black history

Posted less than 6 hours ago in National Columns

And now here's this week's episode of Great Moments in Black History. The year is 1979. Jimmy Carter is in office, disco is on the radio and Ron Stallworth has just joined the Ku Klux Klan.


Leonard Pitts: Intolerance can never be up for debate

Posted 8/11/2018 in National Columns

Donald Trump is a man of famously definite opinions. Whether it be about Mexicans, Muslims or Mueller, he knows what he thinks and isn't shy about sharing.


Leonard Pitts: Trump is a president whose words are weightless

Posted 8/1/2018 in National Columns

Maybe you remember when Mexico was going to pay for the wall.


Leonard Pitts: Grasping the impact of gun violence

Posted 7/28/2018 in National Columns

"Imagine the earth beneath you opening up and swallowing you whole. Imagine feeling everything good inside you -- love, joy, kindness, trust, security, hope -- burning and scorching to embers, giving way to fear, desperation, anguish and helplessness. Imagine being trapped in your worst nightmare, knowing that you will never wake from it. Imagine feeling truly abandoned -- by God, by the universe, by humanity. Imagine all of that -- and imagine it being far worse." -- "A Better Place," by Pati Navalta Poblete


Leonard Pitts: On the question of God, condescension gets old

Posted 7/26/2018 in National Columns

All she asked was that someone pray for her.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Democrats, take note: 'Normal' isn't coming back

Posted 7/21/2018 in National Columns

Smack them with their own bat. That was the gist of, "Hey Democrats, Fighting Fair is for Suckers," a provocative jeremiad that Politico ran on Independence Day. In it, writer Rob Goodman argued that, after Republicans have killed all the old political norms -- denying a Supreme Court nominee a hearing, for example -- it's silly for Democrats to go on playing by the rules. Why obey the law in a lawless world?


Leonard Pitts: Spare me your shock at Trump's sellout to Putin

Posted 7/18/2018 in National Columns

After almost two years of unending chaos, the only shocking thing about Donald Trump's disastrous Helsinki press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin is that some people were apparently shocked.


Leonard Pitts: Under unchecked power, no one is safe

Posted 7/14/2018 in National Columns

They did not have to die. That's the bitter truth. Katie Sasser and her friend John Hall would likely still be alive if cops and prosecutors in Glynn County, Georgia, had done their jobs.


Leonard Pitts: Tired of having to explain ourselves

Posted 7/11/2018 in National Columns

For barbecuing. For selling bottled water. For napping in a dorm. For mowing a lawn. For smoking.


Leonard Pitts: The Supreme Court's worst decision ever

Posted 6/30/2018 in National Columns

At one point in Justice Sonia Sotomayor's ringing dissent from last week's Supreme Court decision upholding Donald Trump's ban on travelers from a group of nations, most of them with Muslim-majority populations, she recounts his many insults against followers of Islam.


Leonard Pitts: What happens when the social covenant is torn?

Posted 6/27/2018 in National Columns

We're not here to talk about civility.


Leonard Pitts: Immigrant children are real children

Posted 6/20/2018 in National Columns

"Illegals" have faces.


Leonard Pitts: What if God were one of us?

Posted 6/16/2018 in National Columns

What if God were one of us? Singer Joan Osborne famously asked that question in 1995. In her Grammy-nominated hit, "One Of Us," she envisions the author of all creation as "a slob like one of us, just a stranger on a bus trying to make his way home."


Leonard Pitts: Petaluma High learns censorship doesn't work

Posted 6/13/2018 in National Columns

Here's an axiomatic truth: If you want to make sure people see or hear something, ban people from seeing or hearing something.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Few tears for Aaron Persky

Posted 6/9/2018 in National Columns

There will be few tears for Aaron Persky. California voters gave the Superior Court judge his walking papers last week. Persky, the state's first judge to be recalled since 1932, became a target of national fury two years ago when he sentenced Brock Turner, a Stanford University student convicted of sexually assaulting a young woman after she got drunk at a party.


Leonard Pitts: Black lives don't matter

Posted 6/7/2018 in National Columns

Black lives don't matter. It is a message that has, for centuries, been woven like thread into the fabric of this nation.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: RFK and the nation we might have been

Posted 6/2/2018 in National Columns

It made my mother scream. That's what I remember. I had been lying dozy in bed, but at the sound of her, I scrambled into the living room. She was standing before the television watching an image of chaos in a hotel ballroom.


Leonard Pitts: Trump supporters speak

Posted 5/26/2018 in National Columns

We're going to try something different today. Rather than pontificate yet again upon the motives of Donald Trump's supporters, I'll let a few of them explain themselves in their own words.


Leonard Pitts: 'I was wrong' -- the three hardest words in the English language

Posted 5/23/2018 in National Columns

They might be the three hardest words in the English language: "I was wrong."


Leonard Pitts: For some, 'faith' has little to do with Jesus

Posted 5/19/2018 in National Columns

Today, we will discuss one of the most pressing threats to American Christianity. Meaning, of course, American Christians.



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