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Leonard Pitts: Why serious people discount Fox News

Posted 1/24/2015 in National Columns

Tucker Carlson said on Fox that more children die of bathtub drownings than of accidental shootings. They don't. Steve Doocy said on Fox that NASA scientists faked data to make the case for global warming.

 

Leonard Pitts: Something obscene about civil asset forfeitures

Posted 1/21/2015 in National Columns

Imagine this: You get pulled over by police. Maybe they claim you were seven miles over the speed limit, maybe they say you made an improper lane change. Doesn't matter, because the traffic stop is only a pretext.

 

Leonard Pitts: Pontiff wrong on limiting freedom of expression

Posted 1/17/2015 in National Columns

A few words on the limits to freedom of expression: For what it's worth, there are a few that are acceptable. You don't threaten or incite violence. You don't defame. You don't produce child pornography. And you don't falsely shout "Fire!" in the proverbial crowded theater.

 

Leonard Pitts: Terrorists usher in the 'end of satire'

Posted 1/10/2015 in National

Dear Terrorists: OK, you win. We surrender.

 

Leonard Pitts: Understanding white privilege

Posted 12/4/2014 in National Columns

What follows is for the benefit of one William James O'Reilly Jr. -- "Bill" to his fans.

 

Leonard Pitts: Blacks and whites need to wake up to racial injustice

Posted 11/26/2014 in National Columns

In September, I received an email that should have left me feeling vindicated.

 

Leonard Pitts: Bill Cosby, serial rapist? That's a lot to forgive

Posted 11/22/2014 in National Columns

Wow. Just ... wow. So what's next? Will it turn out Mother Teresa was a pornographer? Or Mr. Rogers a meth head?

 

Leonard Pitts: They killed Peter Kassig!

Posted 11/19/2014 in National Columns

What, in the name of God? It is a question that demands asking, that haunts this most recent atrocity.

 

Leonard Pitts: Some thoughts as we wait to see whether Ferguson burns

Posted 11/15/2014 in National Columns

Last week, I spent a day at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where some students and I talked about protest. Des Moines is six hours up the road from Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, was shot to death by a police officer in August, prompting weeks of often violent clashes between protesters, rioters and heavily militarized police.

 

Leonard Pitts: An open letter to the GOP regarding its dearest enemy

Posted 11/12/2014 in National Columns

Dear Republican Party: Impeach President Obama.

 

Leonard Pitts: America's most trusted news source not so trustworthy

Posted 11/10/2014 in National Columns

You can't handle the truth.

 

Leonard Pitts: Shoshana Roberts and the catcalls heard 'round the world

Posted 11/8/2014 in National Columns

They say they are going to rape Shoshana Roberts. She's the star of a hidden camera video that has gone viral. Posted by Hollaback!, a group that campaigns against the street harassment of women -- "catcalling" -- it shows Roberts taking a silent stroll through New York City. Over the course of 10 hours, she records over a hundred instances of unwanted attention from unknown men.

 

Leonard Pitts: Holding memories for Aunt Millie

Posted 10/29/2014 in National Columns

It was the summer of 1969 the first time I came here, two months shy of my 12th birthday.

 

Leonard Pitts: Blundering Secret Service needs to step up its game

Posted 10/3/2014 in National Columns

Last year, the White House was breached twice.

 

Leonard Pitts: 'A tale of two countries' -- one county's assault on U.S. history

Posted 9/27/2014 in National Columns

This is a tale of two countries. The first country was built on a radical new promise of human equality and a guarantee of the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That country made it possible for even those born in the humblest and most meager circumstances to climb to the pinnacle of prosperity and achievement. It helped save the world in a great global conflagration, fed and rebuilt the devastated nations of Europe, planted the first footprints on another world.

 

Leonard Pitts: What is and is not child abuse

Posted 9/20/2014 in National Columns

My mother was a child abuser. I was, too. In fact, growing up, pretty much every parent I knew abused their kids.

 

Leonard Pitts: No defense for what Ray Rice did

Posted 9/17/2014 in National Columns

"I think they're going too far with Ray Rice."

 

Leonard Pitts: Wondering 'what if' as U.S. forces head back to the Middle East

Posted 9/13/2014 in National Columns

If. Two letters long, it is arguably the most fruitless word in the English language, an evocation of paths not taken, possibilities foreclosed, regrets stacked high -- and it lies like a pall of smoke over President Obama's Wednesday-night announcement that this country is returning to war, albeit with air strikes only, in a place we just left behind in 2011 after spending almost nine years, over a trillion dollars and 4,425 lives.

 

Leonard Pitts: Michael Brown no angel? Why should it matter?

Posted 8/27/2014 in National Columns

You've probably never heard of Claudette Colvin. And yet, had history twisted in a slightly different direction, she might loom as large in American memory as Rosa Parks does now while Parks herself would be a little-remembered seamstress.

 

Leonard Pitts: Perry v. Lehmberg, an unsettling trend

Posted 8/23/2014 in National Columns

A truism: Almost nobody looks good in his booking photo. That said, the 47th governor of Texas, one James Richard Perry, certainly gave it his best shot when he faced the camera at the Travis County Courthouse last week. The resultant image is ... not terrible. Perry is caught somewhere between a tight smile and an outright grimace, his mien taut with confidence and seriousness of purpose.

 

 

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