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Leonard Pitts: Donald Trump knows how to put on a show

Posted 7/27/2020 in National Columns

We are watching a show. It's important to keep that in mind.

 

Leonard Pitts: There's ample blame to go around in teen's COVID-19 death

Posted 7/13/2020 in National Columns

A few words on the death of Carsyn Leigh Davis.

 

Leonard Pitts Jr.: You can support your country or Trump, but not both

Posted 7/6/2020 in National Columns

It comes down to a binary choice. Either he is a monster or an ignoramus. Either Donald Trump did nothing when informed that American intelligence believed Russia was paying a bounty to the Taliban for killing American military personnel in Afghanistan, or he had no clue, didn't even know it was going on.

 

Leonard Pitts Jr.: We have a rotten tree

Posted 6/5/2020 in National Columns

After George Floyd became the latest unarmed African American killed by police.

 

Leonard Pitts: George Floyd's death raises an old question: 'How long?'

Posted 6/2/2020 in National Columns

"I know you're asking today, how long will it take?" Thus spake Martin Luther King Jr. at the end of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march. He went on to assure his soul-weary people that the moment of their deliverance was just a little ways down the road.

 

Leonard Pitts Jr.: With the death toll mounting, Trump keeps tweeting

Posted 5/28/2020 in National Columns

Always before, there have been words. Always before, someone crafted them with writerly skill and gave them to the president to give to us. Always, before.

 

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Are they lying to us, or are they lying to themselves?

Posted 5/20/2020 in National Columns

Are these people lying to us or are they lying to themselves?

 

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Black people are dying to know

Posted 5/11/2020 in National Columns

That video broke my heart. If you've seen it, you need no further explanation. You know exactly what video I'm talking about and why it shattered me. If you haven't, be advised that the clip in question depicts the last seconds in the life of Ahmaud Arbery. He was just 25, a young man out jogging on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Glynn County, Georgia.

 

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Hope is what tomorrow is for

Posted 5/5/2020 in National Columns

In other words, tomorrow is the place where things will get better. Tomorrow is where everything turns out all right. It is in America's national character to believe that, to build hope upon it. And hope, in the era of the coronavirus, is a commodity more precious than gold.

 

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Why should Asians have to prove themselves?

Posted 4/8/2020 in National Columns

This is for every American of Asian heritage, but one in particular.

 

Leonard Pitts Jr.: It was a quiet death

Posted 3/31/2020 in National Columns

A few words on the quiet death of an Italian priest.

 

Leonard Pitts Jr.: In Trump they trust

Posted 3/27/2020 in National Columns

And yet, many of us still believe. Meaning the ones who whine how the "fake news" is being mean to Trump when they call him to account for bungling the coronavirus pandemic. Meaning the ones who think the real illness is "Trump Derangement Syndrome": an inability to appreciate the genius of a man who is, as presidents go, "the best one we've had." Quoth Joanne, a reader from Ohio.

 

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Is there still a place called 'us'?

Posted 3/18/2020 in National Columns

Saturday night, I ordered takeout from my favorite Chinese place. I did this as a gesture of solidarity after hearing that people have been avoiding Chinese restaurants because of the coronavirus pandemic that originated in Wuhan, China.

 

Leonard Pitts: Democrats must plant their feet, make a stand

Posted 3/4/2020 in Local Columns

Here's some advice for Democrats. It will run over 600 words, but I can give you the gist of it in two: Stop whining.

 

Leonard Pitts: A eulogy for competence

Posted 3/2/2020 in National Columns

Consider this a eulogy for competence. It's an appreciation long overdue, but then, competence -- the quality of being equal to the situation, of knowing what to do -- was always easy to overlook. You learned to expect it, to take it for granted.

 

Leonard Pitts Jr.:The swarming behavior of Sanders' voters

Posted 2/26/2020 in National Columns

You'd have thought she had thrown Bernie Sanders to his death from a tower of million-dollar bills.

 

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Vote blue, no matter who?

Posted 2/19/2020 in National Columns

Vote blue, no matter who. That's the fall election mantra of Democrats desperate to cleanse the White House of its current occupant.

 

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Who gets to tell what stories?

Posted 2/12/2020 in National Columns

People keep asking me about George Simon. They want to know why I created him and if it was hard to do. One person told me I was "brave." I wasn't trying to be brave. I was trying to write my latest novel, a World War II story called "The Last Thing You Surrender." But, you see, George, one of my protagonists, is white and I'm not. And at book signings, some people find that noteworthy.

 

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Why is it always sex?

Posted 2/5/2020 in National Columns

Certainly, if it's moral failures you're after, you can take your pick.

 

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Hillary Clinton was right

Posted 2/1/2020 in National Columns

Surely you remember the "basket of deplorables."

 

 

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