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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.

 

Leonard Pitts: 'If reality is altered, what can we believe in?'

Posted 5/9/2018 in National Columns

"If Reality Is Altered, What Can We Believe In?" In 1994, that was the headline of the first column I ever wrote about the manipulation of images and words -- digital lies that made it difficult to know what was really real.

 

Leonard Pitts: Do we really need to 'understand' Trump supporters?

Posted 5/5/2018 in National Columns

This is for Rose. She is a nice lady who wrote me a nice email in which she spoke about the need to try to understand Donald Trump's supporters. As Rose put it, "We need to not close ourselves off to how the other side thinks."

 

Leonard Pitts Jr.,: Fighting for our country

Posted 4/28/2018 in National Columns

Dear Sen. Marco Rubio: So I see where you came after me on Twitter. I'm flattered. Never knew you cared.

 

Leonard Pitts: Racism is a white problem

Posted 4/21/2018 in National Columns

Racism is a white problem. I know that many white people will instinctively and emphatically resist that observation.

 

Leonard Pitts Jr: 'Excuses for Donald Trump'

Posted 4/14/2018 in National Columns

"We kind of gave him -- 'All right, you get a mulligan. You get a do-over here." Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, on the white evangelical response to Donald Trump's alleged tryst with a porn star

 

Leonard Pitts: Have you ever seen the moon?

Posted 4/11/2018 in National Columns

Have you ever seen the moon? You will likely answer that you have, many times.

 

Leonard Pitts: What killed Martin Luther King?

Posted 4/7/2018 in National Columns

MEMPHIS -- Martin Luther King's men had a different question.

 

Leonard Pitts: Parkland kids are rewriting the playbook

Posted 3/24/2018 in National Columns

That has to be the explanation. As they cowered in closets, as they said goodbyes and waited, with gunfire echoing down the halls, to die, something inside stirred itself.

 

Leonard Pitts Jr.: In defense of cultural appropriation

Posted 3/17/2018 in National Columns

I'm here to defend cultural appropriation. "Cross-cultural influence," would be the less pejorative phrase. But the term above, with its connotations of grand-theft culture, is the one favored by some African-American activists who've had it up to here with nonblack performers borrowing the soul and style of Michael, Marvin and Prince. Singer Bruno Mars is the latest to feel their ire.

 

Leonard Pitts Jr.: How do we handle the facts-challenged among us?

Posted 3/10/2018 in National Columns

So what should we say to Robert Ussery?

 

Leonard Pitts: Hierarchy of violence

Posted 3/1/2018 in National Columns

People were furious that Breana Harmon Talbott was raped by black men. She actually wasn't, but we'll get to that.

 

Leonard Pitts: What's going on with 42 percent of Republicans?

Posted 2/24/2018 in National Columns

This is a column about 42 percent of Republicans. It is also a column about trust.

 

 

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