Columnist: Leonard Pitts

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.

 

Aug. 11, 2014 @ 11:23 AM

The so-called 'war on whites' is a fight the GOP can't win

At this point, you really have to wonder: Is it still news when a Republican says something asinine?

On the off chance it is, let us spend a few moments pondering the strange case of Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks, who said last week that the Democratic Party is waging a "War on Whites."


Aug. 08, 2014 @ 11:06 AM

Obama's breezy words for post-9/11 torture

"...but we tortured some folks." -- President Barack Obama, Aug.1, 2014

OK, in the first place: "tortured some folks?" Really?


Aug. 04, 2014 @ 11:03 AM

'The poor door' -- symbol of a truth we all know

Maybe you already know about this. Maybe you read on Slate, saw on Colbert or heard on NPR how a developer qualified for tax benefits under New York City's Inclusionary Housing Program by agreeing to add to its new luxury building on the Upper West Side a set number of "affordable" apartments.


Aug. 01, 2014 @ 11:43 AM

Paul Ryan breaks the silence surrounding poverty in America

Cover your eyes and hide the kids: A Republican is talking poverty.

 

Jul. 28, 2014 @ 11:16 AM

Selfies in Auschwitz -- and why it's wrong

In a place haunted by ghosts, on a thoroughfare of the damned, standing upon ground once watered by blood, Breanna Mitchell lifted a camera to take her own picture. She smiled a sunshine smile.


Jul. 25, 2014 @ 11:31 AM

Candidate runs for wrong bus, leaves border issue unsolved

It's a revealing video.

Not in the sense of physical nakedness. No, what is naked in that clip is a kind of political opportunism that has become all too common.


Jul. 21, 2014 @ 12:36 PM

Todd Akin's back again to talk of rape

So, Todd Akin is back and he's talking rape again.

You remember what happened last time. 


Jul. 11, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

Louis Zamperini was more than a hero

Just two pages into the book "Unbroken," its protagonist is in the water, hiding beneath the deteriorating life raft in which he has been drifting across the Pacific Ocean for almost a month. Overhead, Japanese bombers are circling back to strafe him a second time. And sharks are approaching from below.