Leonard Pitts Jr.

Leonard Pitts: Let's grieve the 'End of Satire'

Dear Terrorists:

OK, you win. We surrender.

Never thought I’d say that, but then, I never thought I’d see gunmen... Read more

Pitts: Robin Williams made us laugh, while he was hurting to death

Maybe this is trite, maybe it is appropriate, maybe somehow, it is both, but the staggering news that comedian Robin Williams has died — as a... Read more

Leonard Pitts: Don't say we weren't warned

The signs were all there.

This is what jumps out at you in perusing postmortems of the two greatest surprise attacks in American history. In... Read more

It's hard to mourn a monster

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

His estranged sons Mark and Nate told the world just a few days ago that their 84-year... Read more

Column: Maybe it's time to say, 'enough': Boycott Arizona

Somebody design the T-shirts. Somebody ready the bumper stickers.

Boycott Arizona.

Gov. Jan Brewer has not said at this writing... Read more

White fear trumps black life

“You can get killed just for living in your American skin.”

Bruce Springsteen

On Aug. 7, 1930, two young black... Read more

Pitts: Caught on camera, cops didn't care

You want to know the worst part?

It isn’t the incident where a police officer stopped a man at the 207 Quickstop convenience store and threw... Read more

Leonard Pitts: N-word keeps spreading with stubborn insistence

The N-word again. Of course.

Six years after the NAACP staged its symbolic burial, that word has proven rumors of its demise greatly... Read more

Pitts: Dr. Ben Carson sinks to a new low

In 1865, American slavery ended with the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Courthouse and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment.

Since... Read more

Pitts: Village idiots take aim at Miss America

A couple months ago, I got an email from Supreet.

Supreet is in the 11th grade. He shops at Walmart and plays basketball. His father came to... Read more

Leonard Pitts Jr.: About the Oklahoma killing and outrage

I have nothing to say about the murder of Christopher Lane.

Except this:

The killing of this Australian man, allegedly by a group of... Read more

Leonard Pitts Jr.: 'The Butler' and The Truth

This isn’t your average summer movie crowd.

It’s not just that they are largely African-American, skin in all the shades of buttermilk,... Read more

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Finally, an end to War on Drugs


It’s been a war on justice, an assault on equal protection under the law.

And a war on families, removing millions of fathers... Read more

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Time to go Anthony Weiner

Dear Anthony Weiner:

Just go.

Don’t bother to explain. We’ve already heard enough.

Just go.

Don’t write a book about it.... Read more

Pitts: I am Trayvon Martin

“There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a... Read more

Pitts: A talk with God while waiting in line


I was standing in line with God, buying tickets to see Monsters University. He’s a big Billy Crystal fan. “So,” I said, “have you... Read more

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Civil rights assaulted by Supreme Court

Last week was bittersweet for the cause of human dignity.

On one hand, the Supreme Court gave us reason for applause, striking down barriers... Read more

Pitts: The curse of the Redskins

See if this makes sense to you:

For years, I’ve argued with certain African-American people about their insistence upon using the so-called... Read more

Perspective: Deny terrorists their power

I have not seen the video.

Not saying I won’t, but for now, I’ve chosen not to. To rush online and seek out cell phone footage of two... Read more

Pitts: Ignoring the real while fighting the imaginary

It should’ve been the shot heard around the world. Chances are, you didn’t hear it.

An ominous sort of history was made last week near... Read more

Pitts: More feedback on 'Accidental Racist'

There are many things to say about Brad Paisley’s new song.

The country music giant is under fire for “Accidental Racist,” about a Starbucks... Read more

Pitts: Obama's eye-candy comment leaves sour aftertaste

Dear Barry:

Ordinarily, I’d address you as Mr. Obama or Mr. President, in deference to your office. But we need to have us a guy-to-guy chat... Read more

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Father, forgive us; for we know not what we do

Jonylah Watkins died on a Tuesday.

She was with her father, who was sitting in a minivan in Chicago on the night of March 11 when someone... Read more

Pitts: Life continues, graciously

Really? Bobbie Smith, too? Geez.

This is what I’m thinking when word comes that the lead singer of the Spinners has died. It comes a month... Read more

Leonard Pitts Jr.: 'Gideon's' promise still unfulfilled

“Make me wanna holler, way they do my life.” — Marvin Gaye, “Inner City Blues”

Karen Houppert has written a... Read more

Pitts: Voting Rights Act not a 'racial entitlement'

One day, many years ago, I was working in my college bookstore when this guy walks in wearing a T-shirt. “White Power,” it said.

I was... Read more

Pitts: A lament after four years of no reconciliation

Well, I sure got that one wrong.

Four years ago, on the eve of the last presidential election, I wrote in this space of how the country has... Read more

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