Columnist: Leonard Pitts

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."

 

Sep. 15, 2014 @ 11:23 AM

Wondering 'what if' as U.S. forces head back to Middle East

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 Barack 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.


Sep. 12, 2014 @ 11:57 AM

Pitts: Rice abuse video revealed nothing we didn't know already

Apologies for the blunt language, but can we please cut the crap?

Meaning: Can we stop pretending we know something now that we didn't before about what Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice did to his then-fiancee in the elevator of that Atlantic City casino? 


Sep. 08, 2014 @ 12:21 PM

More than pictures stolen in celeb phone-hacking case

OK, so about the hacking of certain actresses' computer files and the posting of nude photos found therein:

Can we be frank?


Sep. 05, 2014 @ 11:17 AM

If GOP is so right, why are red states so far behind?

I have a question for my Republican friends.

Yes, that sounds like the setup for a smackdown, but though the question is pointed, it is also in earnest. I'd seriously like to know:


Sep. 01, 2014 @ 10:55 PM

An Uzi, a 9-year-old and American exceptionalism

Sometimes you read a sentence and you think to yourself: only here, only us.

Here's one such sentence.

"A 9-year-old girl from New Jersey accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi submachine gun while he stood to her left side, trying to guide her."


Sep. 01, 2014 @ 08:05 PM

An Uzi, a 9-year-old and American exceptionalism

Sometimes you read a sentence and you think to yourself: only here, only us.

Here's one such sentence.

"A 9-year-old girl from New Jersey accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi submachine gun while he stood to her left side, trying to guide her."


Aug. 29, 2014 @ 09:37 AM

Michael Brown no angel? Why should it matter?

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.

 

Aug. 25, 2014 @ 12:08 PM

Perry v. Lehmberg and the veto that illuminated an unsettling trend

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.


Aug. 22, 2014 @ 01:13 PM

Pitts: What's next in Ferguson? Let's try a little education

What next? That's what should concern us now. When the nightly dance of angry protesters, opportunistic criminals and inept police clashing over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown finally ends, what steps should civic-minded people take to address the ongoing abuse of African-Americans by the criminal injustice system? Not just in Ferguson, Missouri, but in America?


Aug. 18, 2014 @ 11:48 AM

Ferguson police arrest reporters for reporting

Looks like police in Ferguson, Missouri, took it upon themselves to suspend the First Amendment Wednesday night.


Aug. 15, 2014 @ 10:31 AM

Riots in Ferguson, and what they mean

A riot can be many things.