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Leonard Pitts: A man who made different choices

Posted 7/19/2014 in National Columns

Here we go again. Same stuff, different day. Deja vu all over again. A monthly New York newspaper, The WestView News, uses an objectionable headline ("The N----r In The White House") on a piece in its July edition, which argues that much of the shrill hatred toward President Obama is rooted in racism. Not surprisingly, the headline gets more attention than the argument.

 

Leonard Pitts: The high court's high-handedness

Posted 7/12/2014 in National Columns

It is a case of Supreme hypocrisy. The adjective refers to that nine-person tribunal at the top of the American legal system, the noun to its latest act of judicial malpractice. Meaning not the notorious Hobby Lobby decision handed down at the end of June, but a less-noticed ruling a few days later.

 

Leonard Pitts: More than a hero

Posted 7/9/2014 in National Columns

Leonard Pitts: Courageous or spineless? Our actions -- or inactions -- decide for us

Posted 7/5/2014 in National Columns

The psychological explanation for what happened to Catherine Ferreira is neat and tidy and sounds like reason.

 

Leonard Pitts: A 'narrow' decision from the narrow-minded

Posted 7/3/2014 in National Columns

Relax. This is not a slippery slope. So Justices Samuel Alito writing for the majority and Anthony Kennedy writing in concurrence, take pains to assure us in the wake of the Supreme Court's latest disastrous decision.

 

Leonard Pitts: Beware the unimaginable

Posted 6/21/2014 in National Columns

The signs were all there. This is what jumps out at you in perusing postmortems of the two greatest surprise attacks in American history. In the days and weeks leading up to Dec. 7, 1941 and Sept. 11, 2001, there were numerous clues that seem neon in hindsight, but which no one pursued.

 

Leonard Pitts: Lest we forget, aging has its downside

Posted 6/14/2014 in National Columns

I am standing at the front door, locked out of my own house. If this were a movie, it'd be raining. Thankfully, this isn't so it isn't. But the reality is embarrassing enough without any Hollywood embellishments.

 

Leonard Pitts: While our planet melts, GOP pleads ignorance

Posted 6/5/2014 in National Columns

It is irreversible now. And there's a word that should get everybody's attention.

 

Leonard Pitts: Enough slaughter

Posted 5/28/2014 in National Columns

I am running out of words.

 

Leonard Pitts: It's time to show our veterans some love

Posted 5/24/2014 in National Columns

A few days ago in an airport restaurant, I saw a scene that has become commonplace in recent years. These soldiers were sitting there talking, waiting for their meal. And this guy on the way out detoured over to them. "Thank you for your service," he said. They nodded, thanked him for thanking them. He went on his way and they went back to talking.

 

Leonard Pitts: When women attack men -- a double standard

Posted 5/21/2014 in National Columns

What if he had smacked her one? She's going after him with fists and feet. What if he had defended himself in kind? Or what if he had been the one who attacked her without physical provocation?

 

Leonard Pitts: In hyperpartisan America, there's no room for compassion

Posted 5/17/2014 in National Columns

A hypothetical scenario: Your little boy lies in a hospital bed, stricken by a mysterious, potentially fatal disease. You are frightened and in despair.

 

Leonard Pitts: Justice for all ... except those too big for jail

Posted 5/14/2014 in National Columns

Fair warning: This book will make you angry.

 

Leonard Pitts: The absence of fathers matters

Posted 5/10/2014 in National Columns

Maybe you heard about the tribute Kevin Durant paid his mother last week. You probably missed the one he paid his dad. Both came during Durant's acceptance speech after being named the NBA's Most Valuable Player. Maybe you don't follow sports, maybe you've never heard of Durant, maybe you think a pick and roll is a roadside produce stand. You still should see the video.

 

Leonard Pitts: Extremist Islam is scared of little girls

Posted 5/7/2014 in National Columns

There was a method to this madness.

 

Leonard Pitts: 'The Grapes of Wrath' resonates 75 years later

Posted 4/24/2014 in National Columns

"The Grapes of Wrath" was published 75 years ago this month, a seminal masterpiece of American literature that seems freshly relevant to this era of wealth disparity, rapacious banks and growing poverty.

 

Leonard Pitt: Race and Obama news coverage

Posted 4/19/2014 in National Columns

I have a question for George Will. If he can't answer it, maybe Brit Hume can. Both men were recently part of a panel on "Fox News Sunday" to which moderator Chris Wallace posed this question: Has race played a role in the often-harsh treatment of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder?

 

Leonard Pitts: From Manhattan to Washington, Indians get snookered

Posted 4/18/2014 in National Columns

Twenty-four dollars. That, supposedly, was the price Gov. Peter Minuit paid American Indians for the island of Manhattan in 1625. It's a tale historians find suspect.

 

Pitts: ...and this is Overkill News Network

Posted 4/13/2014 in National Columns

Enough, already. Please, for the love of Cronkite: Give us a break from the missing plane.

 

Leonard Pitts: Wake up, people, and see the danger we're in

Posted 4/10/2014 in National Columns

This is a column about campaign finance reform. And your eyes glazed over just then, didn't they?

 

 

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