Leonard Pitts: Apparently, Kaepernick stuck a nerve

One might have expected last month’s protest by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, his refusal to stand for the national... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Postcard from post-factual America

I read an email sitting in my inbox.

Why haven’t you reported that Colin Kaepernick’s actions are due to his radical... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Is Nate Parker's apology enough?

I had decided not to see Nate Parker’s new movie.

This was a tough choice. I had been looking forward with great... Read more

Leonard Pitts: How conservative pundits blew up reality

Ordinarily, I might gloat.

Last week, a prominent conservative pundit conceded a point yours truly and countless others... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Tired of gnoshing at the Trump buffet

I am tired of Donald Trump. At this point, November can’t come fast enough. If we could cancel September and October, I’d do so in a... Read more

Leonard Pitts: How I stepped in lady trouble

Let me tell you how I got in trouble with ladies.

No, not “the” ladies. Not, in fact, female human beings, period. Rather... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Democrats' response reminds us of us

After a GOP gathering in Cleveland that had all the incandescent joy of a biblical plague, the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia was as... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Party battle no longer a contest of ideals

Well, that was sure ugly.

Last week’s Republican conclave in Cleveland came across less as a nominating convention than... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Our race, our behavior proves us liars

This is not about the police.

At least, not solely. Granted, the police are the reason we are heartbroken today, the... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Trumpism won't disappear with Trump

The other Saturday, someone tried to kill Donald Trump.

You may not have heard about it. The story didn’t get much play,... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Hitler, Trump an a lesson of history

Some of you questioned my evocation of history’s great villain in a recent column on House Speaker Paul Ryan’s surrender to presumptive GOP... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Paul Ryan deals with the devil

In 1933, Franz Von Papen was hungry for revenge.

Having been ousted as chancellor of Germany through political subterfuge... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Ali may have been the first free black man in America

He told us he was the greatest. He rhymed it in poetry, he sang it in song, he declaimed it into microphones, eyes wide and bright with... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Pragmatism doesn't know Bernie Sanders

“You can’t always get what you want.” — The Rolling Stones

A few words in defense of... Read more

Leonard Pitts: The most dangerous place on earth?

I hesitate to bring up facts.

If recent years have proven nothing else, they’ve proven that we have fully embarked upon a... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Should America apologize for Hiroshima?

The first flash came at 8:15 on a Monday morning. Eyewitnesses remember it as a bolt of soundless light, as if the sun had somehow touched... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Republicans are getting what they gave

So it has come to this: Trump 2016.

What first seemed a joke, then an unsettling possibility and then a troubling... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Right thing for the wrong reason

The Republicans are probably right. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, issued an executive order restoring voting rights to more... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Flint's all about how we treat the poor

Dear white people:

As you no doubt know, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, returned to the headlines last week with... Read more

Leonard Pitts: This ain't your grandpappy's GOP

This one’s for John. He’s a reader who took issue with my recent column arguing that conservatism has become an angry and incoherent mess.... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Has Mississippi nothing better to do?

Mississippi has a lower percentage of high school graduates than almost any other state. It has an unemployment rate higher than almost any... Read more

Leonard Pitts: A word about crime and punishment

We will call her Jane Doe. We really have no choice, given that that’s the only identification found in the court document.

... Read more

Leonard Pitts: So, where do we head post-Trump?

We should probably start thinking about what we’re going to do after Trump.

Of course, if the nation decides it really does want a vulgar,... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Carson doesn't know what 'black' means

Today’s column is for the benefit of one Dr. Benjamin Solomon Carson.

He shouldn’t need what follows, but obviously does. No other... Read more

Leonard Pitts: 'Are you anti-abortion?'

The question came from a colleague: “Are you anti-abortion?” It caught me by surprise. After all, she knows I’ve written a number of pro-choice... Read more

Leonard Pitts: How sitcoms can make you less biased

So it turns out sitcoms can erase bigotry.

That’s the bottom line of a study recently presented before a conference of the Society for... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Planned Parenthood gets poetic justice

A lie can get halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.

That nugget of wisdom dates from the... Read more

Leonard Pitts: For the times - still - are a changin'

It is two days since Martin Luther King Day, 2016, and this is how things are in America:

We face no existential threat. Gas prices are way... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Religious freedom laws really about discrimination

So maybe experience is not all it’s cracked up to be.

I mean, if experience were really the teacher the axiom claims, the state of Florida... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Muster outrage for the scourge within

So where was the march for Tyshawn Lee?

Where were the demonstrators barring access to stores in Chicago’s premiere commercial district on... Read more

Leonard Pitts: You don't have to give up the fight

In the new movie Creed, Rocky Balboa once again mounts the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

In the original Rocky, the climb up... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Consider our first refugee crisis

A red cup. A few days ago, some people seemed to find that one of the most vexing moral problems of the day. Starbucks unveils a minimalist design... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Trump's giving the people what they want

Even by his standards, it was an astounding performance.

Over the course of just two days the weekend before Thanksgiving, Donald Trump... Read more

Leonard Pitts: A dark moment in the city of lights

“I believe the light that shines on you will shine on you forever . . . though I can’t guarantee there’s nothing scary hiding under your bed... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Why we see 'them' as a threat

I once read a question that went as follows: Two groups of young men are walking on opposite sides of the street. One group is black, the other,... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Facts are no match for fear

It was the kind of a statistic that would have left a sane country stunned and shamed. This country barely noticed it.

It came last month,... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Florida doubles down on 'religious freedom' bill

So maybe experience is not all it’s cracked up to be.

I mean, if experience were really the teacher the axiom claims, the state of Florida... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Playboy overtaken by sexual revolution

I used to love Playboy magazine. And yes, it was mainly for the articles. But I wasn’t exactly repulsed by the pictures.

You may find that... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Dr. Carson is the Wizard of Odd

Of course. It makes perfect sense. Why couldn’t I see it before?

There could never have been a Holocaust had the Jews been armed. Granted,... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Erasing African-American history

Roni Dean-Burren says “this is what erasure looks like.”

She’s talking about something you might otherwise have thought innocuous: a page... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Boehner gone, say 'hi' to the crazies

Wonderful. This is just what the conservative movement needs right now. Less adult supervision.

But with the fall of House Speaker John... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Justice denied - 66 years and counting

It was the road sign that made it real.

Josh Venkataraman was returning to the University of Florida, where he is a senior, from Orlando... Read more

Leonard Pitts: We're a nation of fraidy-cats

America is not a brave nation.

Yes, that’s a heretical thing to say. Yes, our military is the world’s finest and our servicewomen and men... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Caught between pimps and thieves

This is an elegy for John Gibson.

He was a married father of two, a pastor and a professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He... Read more

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