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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?

 

Leonard Pitts: The real face of poverty

Posted 4/2/2014 in National Columns

"We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work." -- Rep. Paul Ryan

 

Leonard Pitts: Hobby Lobby court case a slippery slope

Posted 3/29/2014 in National Columns

Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins. That bit of live and let live wisdom, usually attributed -- some say misattributed -- to Oliver Wendell Holmes, provides a useful framework for considering a high profile case argued before the Supreme Court last week. The Affordable Care Act requires businesses, if they provide health insurance for their employees, to include contraceptive care in that coverage.

 

Leonard Pitts: A pointed comment on guns

Posted 3/25/2014 in National Columns

Meaning, you should understand, not a gun you hold in your hand, but rather, the hand itself, thumb cocked and index finger extended to resemble a pistol.

 

Leonard Pitts: The wasted life of Fred Phelps

Posted 3/22/2014 in National Columns

And what shall we say now that the monster has died?

 

Leonard Pitts: Justin Bieber is a jerk, and it's your fault

Posted 3/15/2014 in National Columns

It's your fault Justin Bieber is a jerk.

 

Leonard Pitts: Laughter and grief belong together

Posted 3/8/2014 in National Columns

Eighty-three-year old Ron Kilmartin was in a hospice, dying of lung cancer. His daughter was at his bedside, cracking jokes about it. Here's one: "Last week, Dad coughed and said, 'choking.' I tried to give him water but he just wanted me to turn off the men's Olympic hockey game."

 

Leonard Pitts: White fear trumps black life

Posted 2/20/2014 in National Columns

Leonard Pitts: A few more thoughts on 'thug'

Posted 2/15/2014 in National Columns

"I hate that thug music." This, according to Rhonda Rouer's testimony last week, is what her fiancee, Michael Dunn, said when they pulled into a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station next to an SUV full of black kids who had the stereo up high, pumping some obnoxious, bass-heavy rap.

 

For sale, the MLK legacy

Posted 2/8/2014 in National Columns

Maybe we should take up an offering. Obviously, the heirs of Martin Luther King Jr. are hard up for money. That must be why they keep selling off pieces of his legacy.

 

Leonard Pitts: Change across the universe

Posted 2/5/2014 in National Columns

It's an odd thing. Sometimes, when I speak before high school or college students, someone in the audience, knowing I began my professional life as a pop music critic, will ask what I think of music today.

 

Leonard Pitts: Sincerest sympathy to the filthy rich

Posted 2/1/2014 in National Columns

Dear Tom Perkins: I'm writing to apologize. I do this on behalf of the 99 percent of us who are not multimillionaires. You, of course, are, having made a pile as a venture capitalist and co-founder of the firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

 

Leonard Pitts: On race, conservatives are silent

Posted 1/25/2014 in National Columns

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." -- Martin Luther King, Jr. Sometimes, you get the feeling that's the only King quote conservatives know.

 

Leonard Pitts: If it doesn't work, it doesn't work. Period.

Posted 1/24/2014 in National Columns

"But it works." That, in three syllables, has been the go-to argument of the last two presidential administrations to justify assaulting civil liberties in the name of rooting out terrorists.

 

Leonard Pitts: A big issue for small minds

Posted 1/18/2014 in National Columns

Everybody's got something. Maybe it's something you were born with, maybe something that happened to you, maybe something you did to yourself through bad habits or neglect. But everybody's got something, some physical or emotional blemish measuring the distance from you to perfection.

 

Leonard Pitts: Gun nuts target one of their own

Posted 1/11/2014 in National Columns

Here is what he said: "...all constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, and need to be." It would seem to be a self-evident truth. After all, your First Amendment right to freedom of speech is regulated. If you don't believe it, write something libelous about a guy with deep pockets and man-eating lawyers. Your Fourth Amendment right to freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures is regulated and then some. If you don't believe that, pick up your phone and ask the NSA agent tapping your line.

 

Leonard Pitts: Idiocy is not a First Amendment offense

Posted 1/4/2014 in National Columns

Fair warning: This is about the "Duck Dynasty" controversy. Yes, I know. I'm sick of it, too.

 

 

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