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Leonard Pitts: The Republican Party working to repeal the 20th century

Posted 5/23/2019 in National Columns

The Republican Party's appeal, it has occasionally been argued in this space, stems largely from an implicit promise: Vote for us and we will repeal the 20th century.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: People are dying for nothing

Posted 5/14/2019 in National Columns

"You don't have to be the hero." That, John Castillo told NBC News Wednesday, is something he had advised his 18-year-old son, Kendrick. If ever a shooter invades your school, son, don't try to confront him, don't take the risk. But Castillo said Kendrick had other ideas, telling his dad that he would not hesitate to defend other people's lives.


Leonard Pitts: The man of 10,000 lies

Posted 5/2/2019 in National Columns

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the referees." Admittedly, that is not quite how the famous line from Shakespeare's "Henry VI" goes.


Leonard Pitts: Don't evangelicals ever get tired of being wrong?

Posted 4/30/2019 in National Columns

At least Judas got 30 pieces of silver. Franklin Graham got a tax cut and the promise of a border wall.


Leonard Pitts: No more wishy-washy feelings about impeaching Trump

Posted 4/24/2019 in National Columns

I'll admit that I've been wishy-washy about this.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: A few reasons to be hopeful

Posted 4/20/2019 in National Columns

This is about Kyle Korver and that white lady on the plane. The former is an NBA veteran, a sharp-shooting forward for the Utah Jazz. The latter edged past my seat on the way to her own on a crowded flight about two weeks back. A button on her shirt caught my attention. "Black Lives Matter," it said.


Leonard Pitts: Intolerance has no greater champion than Trump

Posted 4/17/2019 in National Columns

And what will you say afterward, America?


Leonard Pitts: Baloney is not free

Posted 4/10/2019 in National Columns

Baloney is not free. That's important to keep in mind in an era that finds America wading hip deep in a cascading tide of bovine effluvium.


Leonard Pitts: Who is 'we?'

Posted 4/6/2019 in National Columns

With pre-emptive apologies to grammarians everywhere, today we ponder the following question: Who is "we?"


Leonard Pitts: 'We are Americans first'

Posted 4/3/2019 in National Columns

It felt, with apologies to Yogi Berra, like "deja vu all over again."


Leonard Pitts: 'This is the price of freedom'

Posted 3/27/2019 in National Columns

Originally, this was going to be a column about Sydney Aiello. She was 19 years old, a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, and she was buried Friday after committing suicide.


Leonard Pitts: The road goes where the road goes

Posted 3/21/2019 in National Columns

People always seem surprised in moments like this. Always shocked.


Leonard Pitts: 63red Safe offers safe haven for Trumpers

Posted 3/13/2019 in National Columns

So I go to my barber for a shave. While I'm waiting for her to finish the man ahead of me, this other guy and I get to talking about Donald Trump. He's no more a fan of the boy president than I am, and pretty soon, we've got the whole shop laughing as we rip Trump's idiocy.


Leonard Pitts: Love you have to coerce is not love at all

Posted 2/26/2019 in National Columns

There's an old song that always comes to mind at times like this.


Leonard Pitts: Ridicule, the last great death of a culture

Posted 2/13/2019 in National Columns

A few words about the Trail of Tears and other jokes. Granted, the Trail of Tears would hardly seem a laughing matter.


Leonard Pitts: The high cost of not knowing

Posted 2/6/2019 in National Columns

The most dangerous place for black people to live is in white people's imagination.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Redistribute the pain

Posted 1/31/2019 in National Columns

Next time, they should redistribute the pain.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Three stories and a letter

Posted 1/19/2019 in National Columns

Our topic for today: three stories and a letter. The stories all made recent headlines. The first was about the state of Florida posthumously pardoning the Groveland Four, a group of African-American men who suffered torture, prison and murder after being falsely accused of raping a white woman in 1949.


Leonard Pitts: Some find it all too easy to denigrate women

Posted 1/16/2019 in National Columns

This is a column about some black people. Not all, thank goodness. Not even most.


Leonard Pitts: Obscenity's not just a set of words

Posted 1/9/2019 in National Columns

As a general rule, I don't curse a lot.



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