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Leonard Pitts: Young people, the GOP is scared of you

Posted 10/18/2018 in National Columns

A word for young people, people of color and, in particular, young people of color: The Republicans are scared of you.

 

Leonard Pitts: Progressives need more than a majority

Posted 10/10/2018 in National Columns

Here's what gets me about progressives. They never seem to realize that they are the majority. Yet on issue after issue, the polling consistently shows that they are.

 

Leonard Pitts: 'The Republican Party has clearly lost its way'

Posted 10/7/2018 in National Columns

The other day, a woman confessed to me that she's a Republican.

 

Leonard Pitts: Where there's doubt, men get the benefit thereof

Posted 10/3/2018 in National Columns

Let's get something straight: Men are not the victims here.

 

Leonard Pitts: 'What boy hasn't done this in high school?'

Posted 9/27/2018 in National Columns

Gina Sosa is not impressed by attempted rape.

 

Leonard Pitts: Actually, there are no 'adults in the room' at the White House

Posted 9/12/2018 in National Columns

For a man who places such a premium on loyalty, Donald Trump inspires remarkably little.

 

Leonard Pitts: John McCain, a man of integrity and honor

Posted 8/30/2018 in National Columns

A few words about the political integrity of John McCain.

 

Leonard Pitts: A great moment in black history

Posted 8/16/2018 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."

 

 

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