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Leonard Pitts: Justice for Caroline Small, a small step toward justice for all

Posted 2/3/2016 in National Columns

Last week, a group of church friends held a town hall meeting in Brunswick, Ga. Their purpose is embodied in their name: Justice For Caroline Small. Chances are, you've never heard of her.

 

Leonard Pitts: For Planned Parenthood, justice seldom gets more poetic

Posted 1/30/2016 in National Columns

"A lie can get halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes." That nugget of wisdom dates from the 1800s, i.e., decades before anyone ever heard of the Internet -- much less Fox "News."

 

Leonard Pitts: Track Palin, Sarah's latest political opportunity

Posted 1/26/2016 in National Columns

The police report paints a confusing and chaotic picture.

 

Leonard Pitts: The poor of Flint, Michigan, left under the cover of darkness

Posted 1/21/2016 in National Columns

It was in April of 2014 that the water turned bad.

 

Leonard Pitts: Trump, Hitler comparisons give pause

Posted 1/19/2016 in National Columns

As a general rule, I loathe both Holocaust and slavery comparisons.

 

Leonard Pitts: A white man just can't catch a break

Posted 1/6/2016 in National Columns

He brought his rifle up at the sound of footsteps crunching the Oregon snow. "Who goes there? Stop and be recognized." A weary voice answered out of the darkness. "It's me, Sam. It's Bud."

 

Leonard Pitts: 'Creed' -- a reminder to 'rage against the dying of the light'

Posted 12/5/2015 in National Columns

In the new movie "Creed," Rocky Balboa once again mounts the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In the original "Rocky," the climb up those stairs was the climax of a training montage that has since become iconic. With the gladiatorial horns and sweeping strings of Bill Conti's soundtrack pumping full out behind him, Rocky takes those stairs at a celebratory run, dancing and shadowboxing when he reaches the top.

 

Leonard Pitts: Republicans dance close to line in regards to Planned Parenthood

Posted 12/3/2015 in National Columns

Our question of the day: Who -- or what -- should take the blame?

 

Leonard Pitts: Just how important are personal rights?

Posted 11/21/2015 in National Columns

"Let's stop worrying about people's rights." Sadly there are dozens of junctures in American history from which that shameful quote might spring. It could date as far back as 1798 when President Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts, making it illegal to criticize the U.S. government.

 

Leonard Pitts: Paris, the City of Light

Posted 11/19/2015 in National Columns

Leonard Pitts: This one's for the Charlie Brown kids

Posted 11/13/2015 in National Columns

"You were my little red-headed girl."

 

Leonard Pitts: African America has promises to keep

Posted 11/11/2015 in National Columns

We are gathered here today not to argue about some policy prescription, nor to excoriate some public figure.

 

Leonard Pitts: Where there is no police accountability, justice is tenuous

Posted 10/28/2015 in National Columns

The question was first posed by Juvenal, a Latin poet whose life spanned the first and second centuries: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Translation: "Who watches the watchmen?"

 

Leonard Pitts: 'If I only had a gun ... '

Posted 10/17/2015 in National Columns

Of course. It makes perfect sense. Why couldn't I see it before? There could never have been a Holocaust had the Jews been armed. Granted, the Nazis swept aside the armies of Poland and France like dandruff, and it took six years for Great Britain -- later joined by Russia and the United States -- to grind them down. But surely Jewish civilians with revolvers and hunting rifles would have made all the difference.

 

Leonard Pitts: Bush family's war on English

Posted 10/7/2015 in National Columns

And the Bush family's War on English continues.

 

Leonard Pitts: We need cops with people skills

Posted 10/5/2015 in National Columns

What can I do? Not quite six months ago, a reader named Tracy posed that question to me and I, in turn, posed it to you. Tracy, a 55-year-old white woman from Austin, said she was sick of hearing about unarmed African-American men being injured or killed by police.

 

Leonard Pitts: Boehner's departure doesn't help

Posted 9/30/2015 in National Columns

Wonderful. That's just what the conservative movement needs right now. Less adult supervision.

 

Leonard Pitts: Quick lesson in political language

Posted 9/26/2015 in National Columns

In 1958, Democrat George Wallace, running as a candidate for governor of Alabama and racially moderate enough to be endorsed by the NAACP, was swamped by a strident white supremacist whose campaign played shamelessly to the basest hatreds of the electorate. Afterward, Wallace complained bitterly to a room full of fellow politicians that the other guy had "out-n----red me."

 

Leonard Pitts: Case of Ahmed shows we're not a brave nation

Posted 9/19/2015 in National Columns

America is not a brave nation. Yes, that's a heretical thing to say. Yes, our military is the world's finest and our servicewomen and men provide daily examples of incontestable courage.

 

Leonard Pitts: No accountability for take-down of James Blake

Posted 9/18/2015 in National Columns

He was not a terrorist with a dirty bomb in his suitcase. He was not a stalker with a Glock in his fist. He was not even a mugger with a switchblade in his pocket.

 

 

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