Stories tagged: Leonard Pitts Jr.
Fri., March 9, 2018
Leonard Pitts Jr.: How do we handle the facts-challenged among us?
So what should we say to Robert Ussery? He’s an antagonist in a story of breathtaking emotional cruelty that unfolded Monday. It seems the Rev. Frank Pomeroy was sitting in …
Fri., March 2, 2018
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Shouldn’t there be somebody to defend Donald Trump?
Shouldn’t there be somebody to defend Donald Trump? Opinion page editors have been wrestling that question for over a year. A good opinion editor, you see, prides herself on ideological …
Mon., Feb. 26, 2018
Leonard Pitts Jr.: What’s going on with 42 percent of Republicans?
This is a column about 42 percent of Republicans. It is also a column about trust.
Sat., Feb. 17, 2018
Leonard Pitts Jr.: I am a child of domestic violence
For the record, the White House says it takes domestic violence “very seriously,” yadda, yadda, yadda. Take it for what it’s worth. It’s worth nothing to me, personally.
Mon., Feb. 12, 2018
Leonard Pitts Jr.: In Trump they trust, to America’s peril
So apparently this is now Republican Party doctrine: You can’t trust the news media. They’re biased.You can’t trust the CIA. They’re hacks.You can’t trust the Justice Department. It’s unfair.You can’t …
Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 4:12 p.m.
Leonard Pitts Jr.: The question Trump failed to answer
Ava Rose Olsen, 7, watched the boy she planned to marry some day get shot at their school playground, and asked President Trump what he planned to do about it. …
Mon., Feb. 5, 2018
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Understanding is the last thing they want
What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. Except it’s not really failure. It’s actually unwillingness to communicate, fear of what communication might mean. After all, if you communicate, you …
Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 7:40 p.m.
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Journalism holds power accountable
I was wrong. Years ago, people used to ask me what journalists should do to combat the nation’s drift toward “factish” and “truthy” logic. What was needed, I’d reply with …
Mon., Oct. 30, 2017, 7:59 a.m.
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Men must do better, be better
How many is this now? I’ve lost track of the number of prominent men who’ve been accused of sexual harassment in the weeks since the New York Times outed movie …
Mon., Sept. 18, 2017
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Jemele Hill’s ‘mistake’ was telling too much truth
If Jemele Hill deserves firing for calling Trump a white supremacist, then what does he get for actually being one?
Mon., Nov. 2, 2015
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Race factor can’t be ignored
Classroom incident latest case of color-blind excuse-making.
Mon., Oct. 5, 2015
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Civilians should be included in reviews of police brutality complaints.
Civilians should be included in reviews of police brutality complaints.
Mon., Aug. 2, 2010
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Hard lesson on teaching
A year or two ago, I received this e-mail. The writer was upset with me for arguing that school principals should have the power to fire teachers who do not …
Mon., July 26, 2010
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Choking on baseless fury
Last week, the conservative outrage machine tried to chew up Shirley Sherrod. You are familiar with that machine if you have access to the Internet or Fox News. As the …
Mon., July 12, 2010
Leonard Pitts Jr.: By-the-Beck education
A scene from the near future: Augustus Merryweather IV glanced up at the tapping on his office door. Harvey Carbunkle stood there in bow tie and shirt sleeves, smiling eagerly …
Mon., June 28, 2010
Leonard Pitts Jr.: America’s war on black men
“You have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks. The key is to devise a system that recognizes this all while not appearing to.” – …
Sun., June 20, 2010
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Father’s Day story lacks luster
This is the 100th commemoration of Father’s Day. You know what that means, don’t you? REALLY nice ties.
Mon., June 14, 2010
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Thomas gets no passes
Here’s some bitter irony for you. Back in April, I received the Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity award. Yes, diversity. And yes, Helen Thomas, the legendary White House correspondent who …
Thu., June 10, 2010
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Baseball worth showing kids
A few words about the things we seek from baseball. From all sports, really, but from America’s pastime more than most. We seek heroes, of course, men and women who …
Mon., June 7, 2010
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Palin has privacy right
There goes the neighborhood. We do not know if that was Sarah Palin’s initial response to the news that a journalist writing a book about her had rented the house …
Mon., May 24, 2010
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Kids view race through our lens
Last week, Soledad O’Brien made a young mother cry. It came in the midst of a special series, “Black Or White: Kids on Race” on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.” The …
Mon., May 17, 2010
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Hard truths must be told
History is not a Hallmark card. Sometimes, history breaks your heart.I know this because I have often recounted history in this space, tales of black men and women bought and …
Mon., May 10, 2010
Leonard Pitts Jr.: No freedom without risk
We always seem surprised.Even after Oct. 1, 1910, when a bomb destroyed the Los Angeles Times building and killed 20 men.
Mon., May 3, 2010
Leonard Pitts Jr.: An impulsive, shameful law
If we really wanted immigration reform, we’d have had it years ago.In 2006, President George W. Bush supported a proposal that would’ve required undocumented immigrants to take English classes and …
Mon., April 26, 2010
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Betterment takes action
Call it the myth of inevitability. It is the mindset that says enlightenment and progress are the inescapable byproducts of time. As in a reader who asked last week during …
Mon., April 19, 2010
Leonard Pitts Jr.: McCain’s integrity has succumbed at last
We are gathered here today to pay our final respects to John McCain’s integrity. It died recently – turned a triple somersault, stiffened like an exclamation point, fell to the …
Mon., April 12, 2010
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Walking for the cure – and for my mother
“I’m walkin’, yes indeed.” – Fats Domino On April 15, it will be 22 years since she died.
Mon., April 5, 2010
Leonard Pitts Jr.: The base side of anonymity
It must have seemed like a great idea at the time. There was this new medium, the Internet, and newspapers were posting stories on it, and someone decided to create …
Mon., March 29, 2010
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Ready-made GOP response
Hi, boys and girls! As a public service, I’ve prepared the following statement for Republican leaders to use when some disgruntled opponent of health care reform injures somebody – or …
Mon., March 22, 2010
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Beck’s Bible would be unrecognizable
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness …” – Matthew 5:6 Ultimately, I suppose, what we’re talking about is a clash between the sweet by and by and …