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Leonard Pitts: Michael Brown no angel? Why should it matter?

Posted earlier today in National Columns

You've probably never heard of Claudette Colvin. And yet, had history twisted in a slightly different direction, she might loom as large in American memory as Rosa Parks does now while Parks herself would be a little-remembered seamstress.

 

Leonard Pitts: Perry v. Lehmberg, an unsettling trend

Posted 8/23/2014 in National Columns

A truism: Almost nobody looks good in his booking photo. That said, the 47th governor of Texas, one James Richard Perry, certainly gave it his best shot when he faced the camera at the Travis County Courthouse last week. The resultant image is ... not terrible. Perry is caught somewhere between a tight smile and an outright grimace, his mien taut with confidence and seriousness of purpose.

 

Leonard Pitts: What's next in Ferguson? Let's try a little education

Posted 8/22/2014 in National Columns

What next? That's what should concern us now.

 

Leonard Pitts: Ferguson police arrest reporters for reporting

Posted 8/16/2014 in National Columns

Looks like police in Ferguson, Missouri, took it upon themselves to suspend the First Amendment Wednesday night. It seems two reporters, Ryan Reilly of the Huffington Post and Wesley Lowery of the Washington Post, were working at a McDonald's, which has been used as a staging ground by reporters covering the ongoing unrest following the Aug. 9 police shooting of an unarmed African-American man.

 

Leonard Pitts: Obama's breezy words for post-9/11 torture

Posted 8/7/2014 in National Columns

"...but we tortured some folks." -- President Barack Obama, Aug.1, 2014

 

Leonard Pitts: 'The poor door' -- symbol of a truth we all know

Posted 8/2/2014 in National Columns

A few words about the "poor door." Maybe you already know about this. Maybe you read on Slate, saw on Colbert or heard on NPR how a developer qualified for tax benefits under New York City's Inclusionary Housing Program by agreeing to add to its new luxury building on the Upper West Side a set number of "affordable" apartments. How the company won permission to build that building with two entrances, one in front for the exclusive use of upper-income residents, another, reportedly in the alley, for residents of more modest means.

 

Leonard Pitts: Paul Ryan breaks the silence surrounding poverty in America

Posted 7/30/2014 in National Columns

Cover your eyes and hide the kids: A Republican is talking poverty.

 

Leonard Pitts: Selfies in Auschwitz -- and why it's wrong

Posted 7/26/2014 in National Columns

In a place haunted by ghosts, on a thoroughfare of the damned, standing upon ground once watered by blood, Breanna Mitchell lifted a camera to take her own picture. She smiled a sunshine smile.

 

Leonard Pitts: A nation divided, with liberty and justice for some

Posted 7/24/2014 in National Columns

It swallowed people up. That's what it really did, if you want to know the truth. It swallowed them up whole, swallowed them up by the millions.

 

Leonard Pitts: A man who made different choices

Posted 7/19/2014 in National Columns

Here we go again. Same stuff, different day. Deja vu all over again. A monthly New York newspaper, The WestView News, uses an objectionable headline ("The N----r In The White House") on a piece in its July edition, which argues that much of the shrill hatred toward President Obama is rooted in racism. Not surprisingly, the headline gets more attention than the argument.

 

Leonard Pitts: The high court's high-handedness

Posted 7/12/2014 in National Columns

It is a case of Supreme hypocrisy. The adjective refers to that nine-person tribunal at the top of the American legal system, the noun to its latest act of judicial malpractice. Meaning not the notorious Hobby Lobby decision handed down at the end of June, but a less-noticed ruling a few days later.

 

Leonard Pitts: More than a hero

Posted 7/9/2014 in National Columns

Leonard Pitts: Courageous or spineless? Our actions -- or inactions -- decide for us

Posted 7/5/2014 in National Columns

The psychological explanation for what happened to Catherine Ferreira is neat and tidy and sounds like reason.

 

Leonard Pitts: A 'narrow' decision from the narrow-minded

Posted 7/3/2014 in National Columns

Relax. This is not a slippery slope. So Justices Samuel Alito writing for the majority and Anthony Kennedy writing in concurrence, take pains to assure us in the wake of the Supreme Court's latest disastrous decision.

 

Leonard Pitts: Beware the unimaginable

Posted 6/21/2014 in National Columns

The signs were all there. This is what jumps out at you in perusing postmortems of the two greatest surprise attacks in American history. In the days and weeks leading up to Dec. 7, 1941 and Sept. 11, 2001, there were numerous clues that seem neon in hindsight, but which no one pursued.

 

Leonard Pitts: Lest we forget, aging has its downside

Posted 6/14/2014 in National Columns

I am standing at the front door, locked out of my own house. If this were a movie, it'd be raining. Thankfully, this isn't so it isn't. But the reality is embarrassing enough without any Hollywood embellishments.

 

Leonard Pitts: While our planet melts, GOP pleads ignorance

Posted 6/5/2014 in National Columns

It is irreversible now. And there's a word that should get everybody's attention.

 

Leonard Pitts: Enough slaughter

Posted 5/28/2014 in National Columns

I am running out of words.

 

Leonard Pitts: It's time to show our veterans some love

Posted 5/24/2014 in National Columns

A few days ago in an airport restaurant, I saw a scene that has become commonplace in recent years. These soldiers were sitting there talking, waiting for their meal. And this guy on the way out detoured over to them. "Thank you for your service," he said. They nodded, thanked him for thanking them. He went on his way and they went back to talking.

 

Leonard Pitts: When women attack men -- a double standard

Posted 5/21/2014 in National Columns

What if he had smacked her one? She's going after him with fists and feet. What if he had defended himself in kind? Or what if he had been the one who attacked her without physical provocation?

 

 

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