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Leonard Pitts: Racism is a white problem

Posted 4/21/2018 in National Columns

Racism is a white problem. I know that many white people will instinctively and emphatically resist that observation.


Leonard Pitts Jr: 'Excuses for Donald Trump'

Posted 4/14/2018 in National Columns

"We kind of gave him -- 'All right, you get a mulligan. You get a do-over here." Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, on the white evangelical response to Donald Trump's alleged tryst with a porn star


Leonard Pitts: Have you ever seen the moon?

Posted 4/11/2018 in National Columns

Have you ever seen the moon? You will likely answer that you have, many times.


Leonard Pitts: What killed Martin Luther King?

Posted 4/7/2018 in National Columns

MEMPHIS -- Martin Luther King's men had a different question.


Leonard Pitts: Parkland kids are rewriting the playbook

Posted 3/24/2018 in National Columns

That has to be the explanation. As they cowered in closets, as they said goodbyes and waited, with gunfire echoing down the halls, to die, something inside stirred itself.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: In defense of cultural appropriation

Posted 3/17/2018 in National Columns

I'm here to defend cultural appropriation. "Cross-cultural influence," would be the less pejorative phrase. But the term above, with its connotations of grand-theft culture, is the one favored by some African-American activists who've had it up to here with nonblack performers borrowing the soul and style of Michael, Marvin and Prince. Singer Bruno Mars is the latest to feel their ire.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: How do we handle the facts-challenged among us?

Posted 3/10/2018 in National Columns

So what should we say to Robert Ussery?


Leonard Pitts: Hierarchy of violence

Posted 3/1/2018 in National Columns

People were furious that Breana Harmon Talbott was raped by black men. She actually wasn't, but we'll get to that.


Leonard Pitts: What's going on with 42 percent of Republicans?

Posted 2/24/2018 in National Columns

This is a column about 42 percent of Republicans. It is also a column about trust.


Leonard Pitts: I am a child of domestic violence

Posted 2/14/2018 in National Columns

I am a child of domestic violence. As a boy, I couldn't fall asleep until I heard my father return from his nocturnal ramblings.


Leonard Pitts: In Trump they trust

Posted 2/10/2018 in National Columns

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 trust the FBI. It's disgraceful. But you can trust Donald Trump.


Leonard Pitts: The question Trump failed to answer

Posted 2/7/2018 in National Columns

This is about a question Donald Trump failed to answer. Granted, there are a lot of those, but this was a particularly tough one.


Leonard Pitts: Understanding is the last thing they want

Posted 2/3/2018 in National Columns

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 might understand some painful truths -- and then where would you be?


Leonard Pitts: Sisters are doin' it for us all

Posted 1/31/2018 in National Columns

Sisters are doin' it for themselves. That, you may remember, was the title of a hit 1985 pop song. But 33 years later, pop has become prophecy.


Leonard Pitts: What if Donald Trump were smart?

Posted 1/27/2018 in National Columns

It is likely not a question you've given a lot of thought. After all, the urgency of our ongoing disaster leaves little time for speculation. One is too busy tallying up the damage that's happening to worry about the damage that could.


Leonard Pitts: One year later...

Posted 1/20/2018 in Local Columns

And here we are, one year later.


Leonard Pitts: Journalism's (and the public's) responsibility

Posted 1/19/2018 in National Columns

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.


Leonard Pitts: King's words still ring true ... 61 years on

Posted 1/15/2018 in National Columns

A few words on the difficulty of voting while black.


Leonard Pitts: 'Fire and Fury' is the book we got, not the one we needed

Posted 1/11/2018 in National Columns

America desperately wanted this book. America desperately needed it, too.


Leonard Pitts: 2017, the year the last norms fell

Posted 1/6/2018 in National Columns

It really wasn't all that bad. That, at least, was the consensus response from a dozen historians to whom Politico posed a question in the waning hours of the old year: "Was 2017 the Craziest Year in U.S. Political History?"



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