Pitts: If Obama's treatment isn't racism, then exactly what is?

By Leonard Pitts April 21, 2014 6 a.m.

I have a question for George Will.

Pitts: Christians are too often the last to arrive at what is right

By Leonard Pitts April 7, 2014 6 a.m.

Eleven years ago, Richard Stearns went to Washington.

Pitts: Supremes consider wild swing in Hobby Lobby case

By Leonard Pitts March 31, 2014 6 a.m.

Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins.

Pitts: What does it say or prove if you love only the lovable?

By Leonard Pitts March 24, 2014 6 a.m.

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

Pitts: Youth and fame are not excuses for childish behavior

By Leonard Pitts March 17, 2014 6 a.m.

It's your fault Justin Bieber is a jerk.

Pitts: Laughing through the tears a uniquely human attribute

By Leonard Pitts March 10, 2014 6 a.m.

Eighty-three year-old Ron Kilmartin was in a hospice, dying of lung cancer. His daughter was at his bedside, cracking jokes about it. Here's one:

Pitts: Trial demonstrates that white fear trumps black life

By Leonard Pitts February 24, 2014 6 a.m.

"You can get killed just for living in your American skin." — Bruce Springsteen

Pitts: Sometimes, making a mistake is simply being human

By Leonard Pitts February 17, 2014 6 a.m.

I used to get blamed all the time for stuff Bob Steinback said.

Pitts: 50 years later, pop culture has lost something big

By Leonard Pitts February 10, 2014 6 a.m.

It's an odd thing.

Pitts: Sincerest sympathy for difficult lives of the filthy rich

By Leonard Pitts February 3, 2014 6 a.m.

Dear Tom Perkins: I'm writing to apologize. I do this on behalf of the 99 percent of us who are not multimillionaires. You, of course, are, having made a pile as a venture capitalist and co-founder of the firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Pitts: On matters of race, conservatives prefer to keep silent

By Leonard Pitts January 27, 2014 6 a.m.

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

Pitts: Might be time to put asterisk on Fourth Amendment

By Leonard Pitts January 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Perhaps you've heard of the Fourth Amendment.

Pitts: Texas end-of-life case presents a political paradox

By Leonard Pitts January 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Marlise Munoz was 33 when she died.

Pitts: Forgiveness, selflessness are at heart of Mandela legacy

By Leonard Pitts December 16, 2013 6 a.m.

Every once in a very great while, we get these people who rise above the confines of self. Nelson Mandela, who died recently at the age of 95, was one of those. He navigated his life by the polestar not of self, but of freedom and in so doing, became the founding father of a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all people are created equal.

Pitts: The pope vs. Rush Limbaugh: One speaks the truth

By Leonard Pitts December 9, 2013 6 a.m.

I like capitalism. Specifically, I like the idea that if I write a better book, have a better idea, build a better mousetrap, I will be rewarded accordingly. A system where everyone gets the same reward regardless of quality or quantity of work is inconsistent with excellence and innovation, as the mediocrity and inefficiency that beset the Soviet Union readily proves.

Pitts: Use of the N-word is wrong, regardless of the context

By Leonard Pitts December 2, 2013 6 a.m.

The N-word again. Of course.

Pitts: Something was lost in 1963, but it wasn't innocence

By Leonard Pitts November 25, 2013 6 a.m.

We were never innocent.

Pitts: President's lies about health care threaten his legacy

By Leonard Pitts November 18, 2013 6 a.m.

Dear Mr. President: You lied.

Pitts: Paranoia isn't delusional when government is watching

By Leonard Pitts November 11, 2013 6 a.m.

I need to know how to build a bomb.

Pitts: '12 Years a Slave' is more than a cinematic masterpiece

By Leonard Pitts October 28, 2013 6 a.m.

The film surprises you with vast silences.

Pitts: Latest outrage over Obamacare sinks to a new low

By Leonard Pitts October 21, 2013 6 a.m.

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

Pitts: Better connection results in a disconnect for society

By Leonard Pitts October 14, 2013 6 a.m.

The thing might be funny, except that somebody died. That part isn't funny at all. But the rest of it, the moments before Justin Valdez was killed, read like some twisted skit on "Saturday Night Live."

Pitts: New pope is a revelation — and isn't that surprising?

By Leonard Pitts September 30, 2013 6 a.m.

A few words on the new pope. Since ascending to the papacy in March, the former Jorge Mario Bergoglio has managed to surprise and impress the religious and irreligious alike by living a brand of faith seldom seen on the public stage.

Pitts: Insanity: Getting same result over and over and over

By Leonard Pitts September 23, 2013 6 a.m.

Is America crazy? Twelve people killed at a secure naval installation virtually on the front porch of the federal government, eight others hurt, the shooter shot to death, and it's just another manic Monday, another day in the life of a nation under the gun.

Pitts: Perpetrator creates positive aftermath to criminal act

By Leonard Pitts September 16, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Matthew Cordle does not want your admiration. He knows some people are finding inspiration in his courage. We are told this upsets him. He thinks they're missing the point.

Pitts: IRS ruling signals coming battle over states' rights

By Leonard Pitts September 9, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Abraham Lincoln said it best.

Pitts: About the Oklahoma killing and the culture of outrage

By Leonard Pitts September 2, 2013 6:02 a.m.

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

Pitts: 'The Butler' serves up the difficult, necessary Truth

By Leonard Pitts August 26, 2013 6:01 a.m.

This isn't your average summer movie crowd.

Pitts: Difference between haves and have-nots is razor thin

By Leonard Pitts August 19, 2013 6:01 a.m.

The world is a ghetto. That is, yes, the title of an old song by War. It is also the reality presented by "Elysium," the new film by director Neill Blomkamp. It posits a ruined Earth in the year 2154, overcome by overcrowding, disease and environmental and economic collapse. Los Angeles is a dusty brown shantytown where people live on top of one another like some favela in Rio.

Pitts: Believe it or not, newspapers serve crucial function

By Leonard Pitts August 12, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Newspapers have become the bullied school kid of American journalism.

Pitts: 'McBudget' is an insult to the nation's working poor

By Leonard Pitts August 5, 2013 6:01 a.m.

A few words about the McBudget.

Pitts: Stereotypes steal individuality from young black men

By Leonard Pitts July 29, 2013 6:02 a.m.

"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 department store. That includes me."-- Barack Obama

Pitts: Zimmerman verdict wake-up call for black Americans

By Leonard Pitts July 22, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Four words of advice for African-Americans in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal:

Pitts: Gruesome bad old days of eugenics haven't left us

By Leonard Pitts July 15, 2013 6:01 a.m.

As Christina Cordero remembers it, the doctor would not take no for an answer.

Pitts: Religious atheists? Universal spirit? God's cool with that

By Leonard Pitts July 8, 2013 6:01 a.m.

I was standing in line with God, buying tickets to see "Monsters University." He's a big Billy Crystal fan.

Pitts: 'Redskins' a curse word, an insult to Native Americans

By Leonard Pitts June 24, 2013 6:01 a.m.

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 N-word, which, to my ears, is, inalterably, a statement of self-loathing. They say I don't understand. They say the word no longer means what it has always meant. They say it's just a friendly fraternal greeting.

Pitts: We're trading our freedom for false sense of security

By Leonard Pitts June 17, 2013 6:01 a.m.

It will not be with guns.

Pitts: Republicans need to put scandals in perspective

By Leonard Pitts June 10, 2013 6:01 a.m.

You'd think they'd never seen a scandal before.

Pitts: Boy Scouts' decision on gays is nothing to celebrate

By Leonard Pitts June 3, 2013 6:02 a.m.

Hold your applause. As milestones go, this one is disappointing.

Pitts: Fla.'s move to expedite death penalty affront to justice

By Leonard Pitts May 27, 2013 6:02 a.m.

At great political peril, George Ryan did the right thing.

Pitts: Even Tea Party foes should worry about IRS practice

By Leonard Pitts May 20, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Well, this is a fine mess.

Pitts: Mom who resurfaced after 11 years shows life catches up

By Leonard Pitts May 13, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Brenda Heist wanted to run away from life. Naturally, she went to Key West, Fla.

Pitts: Rand Paul, GOP need to rethink 'outreach' to blacks

By Leonard Pitts April 29, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Rand Paul did just fine at Howard University, thank you very much. Or at least, that's how he remembers it.

Pitts: Paisley could adjust 'Accidental' perspective if he tried

By Leonard Pitts April 22, 2013 6:01 a.m.

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

Pitts: Remember, Barry, Goliath Principle also applies to you

By Leonard Pitts April 15, 2013 6:01 a.m.

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 here, so I hope you'll excuse the familiarity, because I just have to ask:

Pitts: Late civil rights foe proves we can escape burden of hate

By Leonard Pitts April 8, 2013 6:02 a.m.

A few words on the death of Elwin Wilson.

Pitts: Customers ill-served when robots of any kind answer call

By Leonard Pitts April 1, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Dear Whomever is in Charge of Customer Service for DirecTV: