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Leonard Pitts Jr.: How the times have changed

You may, if you are old enough, recall a TV actor named Foster Brooks. He was a guest star on such classics of boomer kitsch as “The Monkees,” “The Munsters” …

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Arguments over electability are an annoying diversion

For the love of heaven, people, please stop saying “electability.”

Leonard Pitts Jr.: We are living the fable of the emperor’s new clothes

President Trump’s follow-up to allegations of an altered weather chart was both predictable and pathetic.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: ‘Normal’ is what got us here

For all his earnestness, the former vice president, I think, misreads the needs of the nation at this juncture. Joe Biden seems to think that what America needs now is …

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Sometimes, evil looks like the guy in the mirror

In everyday life, evil is seldom obvious or loud. It is the face of nothing to see here and going along to get along, the face of doing my job …

Leonard Pitts Jr.: The ‘peculiar institution’ is no artifact of the dead past

Visitors taking a tour of a Southern plantation felt ‘lectured and bashed’ when the tour included material on – of all things – slavery.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Fifty years on, hope still remains

It is worth remembering that what drew the Woodstock generation together was ultimately not anger, but a hope – idealistic, naive and impossibly young – that yet tugs at the …

Leonard Pitts Jr.: It never should have come to this

“Hold tight to your anger, don’t fall to your fears.” – Bruce Springsteen, “Wrecking Ball”

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Is the GOP a hate group?

Is the GOP a hate group? It’s sobering that the question can even be asked. But the inevitable answer is downright chilling.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Failure to stand up for the truth, suggests not an open mind but an empty one

A man named Josef Buzhminski told this story at the trial of Adolf Eichmann. It happened on July 27, 1942, at the fence of the Jewish ghetto in Przemysl, Poland. …

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Opening up to women’s stories

While perusing the list of books I’ve read, I made a discovery that startled me: there were almost no women on it.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: LGBTQ pride on 50th anniversary of Stonewall Uprising

It is well and good that LGBTQ people are “proud.” It will be better when they don’t have to be.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: What they see when they see us

This miniseries needs to be seen and internalized. It’s not just a story of justice denied. It is also the story of a harsh truth most dark-skinned people are forced …

Leonard Pitts Jr.: In letting fake Pelosi video stand, Facebook shows its true colors

Facebook has a decision to make. Because in a war for truth, there are no conscientious objectors.

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

The Republican Party’s appeal stems largely from an implicit promise: Vote for us and we will repeal the 20th century.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: People are dying for nothing

There is a better way to honor these martyrs’ courage.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: ‘Dying of whiteness’

It’s called “Dying of Whiteness” and it is a deep dive into a provocative thesis: that white conservative voters, driven by fear of, and antipathy toward “others,” support policies against …

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Don’t evangelicals ever get tired of being wrong?

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

Leonard Pitts Jr.: GOP, you look dopey when you attack AOC

The Republican Party keeps poking at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and it keeps ending poorly for them.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: A few reasons to feel hopeful

In an era of progress under assault, African Americans have every reason to feel anxious, angry and betrayed. Nice to see we have a few reasons to feel hopeful, too.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: ‘We are Americans first’ … aren’t we?

“Before we are anything else,” says Beto O’Rourke, “we are Americans first.” That used to be a lot easier to believe.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Media owe no apology to Trump or anyone else for covering Mueller investigation

If any of the dozen-plus other investigations still swirling about Donald Trump produces superfluous evidence of his malfeasance – thank God for a free and mostly fearless news media to …

Leonard Pitts Jr.: A moral issue we should all worry about

While poor people choose between lights and food, while their services are cut and their industries disappear, rich people – some, at least – are writing large checks to lie …

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Fox ‘News’ doesn’t deserve a seat at the table

In being banned from hosting upcoming primary debates by the Democratic National Committee, Fox is getting what Fox deserves.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: What will America be after Trump?

If Donald Trump refuses to accept the verdict of the electorate in 2020, what will happen then?

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Leonard Pitts Jr.: A Black History Month that explains why we need Black History Month

The contretemps over Colin Kaepernick comes smack in the middle of what has already been one of the more bizarre Black History Months in recent memory.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Excerpt: ‘The Last Thing You Surrender’

In this abridged excerpt from “The Last Thing You Surrender” by columnist Leonard Pitts Jr., Pvt. Luther Hayes, whose parents were murdered before his eyes by a white mob when …

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Let’s call it Trump Remorse

It’s a new literary genre – books by former staff members and aides who now want to dish about the awfulness of Donald Trump or his White House. Last month, …

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 20, 2019

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Three stories and a letter

If you are good, yet silent, maybe you’re not really as good as you think.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: We’ve all seen this movie before

The attacks on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have been frequent and furious, but also petty, silly and (in the mental-health sense) hysterical.