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Leonard Pitts: 'My Girl': 50 years and counting

Posted yesterday in National Columns

There are sounds it feels like you've known forever, sounds that have been in your ear so long, it's hard to believe they were ever new.

 

Leonard Pitts: Rudy Giuliani, once heroic, now simply foolish

Posted 2/27/2015 in National Columns

Here we are, six years later, six years of mom jeans and golf dates and taking the girls for ice cream. And yet, some of us are still hung up on the perceived "otherness," the "not like us"-ness, of Barack Obama.

 

Leonard Pitts: Jon Stewart is why I'm not crazy

Posted 2/21/2015 in National Columns

I am not insane. For this, I have Jon Stewart to thank. Thirteen years ago, it felt like I was in a front row seat on the express train to Crazy Town. That, you will recall, is when the wheels began to come off the Bush administration's argument for invading Iraq, i.e., to find the weapons of mass destruction.

 

Leonard Pitts: Believers of Ernst hoax say a lot about who we are

Posted 2/20/2015 in National Columns

"Unbelievably sad." That was the subject line of an email a colleague sent me last week.

 

Leonard Pitts: Judge Roy Moore stands on the wrong side of history ... again

Posted 2/14/2015 in National Columns

In June, it will be 52 years since George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door. It happened at the University of Alabama, where two African-American students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, were attempting to register. In facing down three federal officials demanding that he stand aside and honor a court order allowing the registration to proceed, the bantam governor of Alabama sought to make good on a noxious promise: "segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever."

 

Leonard Pitts: Brian Williams' lies are not equal to those of Fox 'News'

Posted 2/11/2015 in National Columns

There's this speech I give my students.

 

Leonard Pitts: Mental disability is not a fad

Posted 2/9/2015 in National

He had his first major breakdown when he was 26. A man who had been known for his sunny, outgoing temperament became suddenly sullen, silent and withdrawn. He spoke openly of suicide. It got so bad that a couple took him into their home to ensure he did not hurt himself.

 

Leonard Pitts: The Secret Knowledge, just ignorance by another name

Posted 2/7/2015 in National Columns

I call it the Secret Knowledge. Meaning that body of information not everyone has, that body known only to those few people who had the good sense to go off the beaten path and seek it. It is information you'll never see in your "newspapers" or "network news" or any other place overly concerned with verifiable "facts" and reliable "sources." It will not come to you through a university "study," peer-reviewed "article," renowned "expert," government "agency" or any other such traditional bastion of authority.

 

Leonard Pitts: We could have predicted Cake Wars II

Posted 1/30/2015 in National Columns

We should have seen this one coming.

 

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.

 

 

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