Columnist: Leonard Pitts

Nov. 24, 2014 @ 11:33 AM

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

Wow. Just ... wow.

So what's next?


Nov. 21, 2014 @ 11:18 AM

They killed Peter Kassig!

What, in the name of God?

 

It is a question that demands asking, that haunts this most recent atrocity.


Nov. 17, 2014 @ 11:36 AM

Some thoughts as we wait to see whether Ferguson burns

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.


Nov. 14, 2014 @ 09:27 AM

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

Dear Republican Party:

Impeach President Obama.

 

Nov. 11, 2014 @ 07:43 AM

2014: This was the election year of no ideas

The first time he said it was 10 years ago.

Back then, it seemed a brisk wind in a stuffy room, a reclamation of defining verities somehow lost in the smoke and haze of political expedience. He said it again last week and the effect was starkly different -- somehow forlorn, like birthday cake after the party, or a Christmas tree set out on the curb on Jan. 2.


Nov. 07, 2014 @ 10:06 AM

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

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.

 

Nov. 03, 2014 @ 08:55 AM

America's most trusted news source not so trustworthy

You can't handle the truth.

There is a temptation to take that line from Jack Nicholson -- snarled at Tom Cruise in "A Few Good Men" -- as the moral of the story, the lesson to be learned from a new study on trustworthiness and the news media.


Oct. 31, 2014 @ 11:13 AM

Holding memories for Aunt Millie

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

 

Oct. 13, 2014 @ 08:46 AM

Citizens have a right to protest, even in Ferguson

Last week, a federal judge told us what we already knew.

Namely, that police in Ferguson, Missouri, violated the rights of protesters demonstrating against the shooting death of Michael Brown. 


Oct. 10, 2014 @ 09:55 AM

Cheerios, gay marriage and the Supreme Court

Our topic du jour: the latest stunning milestone in the march toward gay equality.

No, the other stunning milestone.


Oct. 06, 2014 @ 08:42 AM

You almost feel sorry for Sean Groubert

Let us give Sean Groubert every benefit of the doubt.

Let us assume he is a good person. Let us assume he is kind to children, well liked by neighbors. And by all means, let's assume he has a black friend. For good measure, let's assume he has two.


Sep. 29, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

'A tale of two countries' -- Jefferson County's assault on U.S. history

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. 


Sep. 26, 2014 @ 10:59 AM

Pitts: Emma Watson looking for a few good men

With apologies to the United States Marines, Emma Watson is looking for a few good men.

 

Sep. 22, 2014 @ 12:33 PM

Pitts: What is and is not child abuse

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

Or so many of Adrian Peterson's critics would have you believe. Peterson, a star of the Minnesota Vikings, was arrested recently for child abuse after hitting his 4-year-old son with a switch. 


Sep. 19, 2014 @ 09:33 AM

Pitts: No defense for what Ray Rice did

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