Pitts: Heavy-handed Ferguson police exacerbate tense time

By Leonard Pitts August 18, 2014 6 a.m.

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

Pitts: Fear should not be an excuse for post-9/11 torture

By Leonard Pitts August 11, 2014 6 a.m.

"...but we tortured some folks." — President Barack Obama

Pitts: 'Poor door' frames fiction of our egalitarian society

By Leonard Pitts August 4, 2014 6 a.m.

A few words about the "poor door."

Pitts: Republicans can't seem to shake the party crashers

By Leonard Pitts July 21, 2014 6:01 a.m.

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

Pitts: 2nd contraceptive ruling shows Supreme hypocrisy

By Leonard Pitts July 14, 2014 6 a.m.

It is a case of Supreme hypocrisy.

Pitts: Find moral courage amid world of moral cowardice

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

The psychological explanation for what happened to Catherine Ferreira is neat and tidy and sounds like reason.

Pitts: Civil rights: We've come far, but we're not there yet

By Leonard Pitts June 30, 2014 6 a.m.

"But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep."

Pitts: Imagine the unimaginable on climate change

By Leonard Pitts June 23, 2014 6 a.m.

The signs were all there.

Pitts: In journey into old age, it's the mind you miss the most

By Leonard Pitts June 16, 2014 6 a.m.

I am standing at the front door, locked out of my own house. If this were a movie, it'd be raining. Thankfully, this isn't so it isn't. But the reality is embarrassing enough without any Hollywood embellishments.

Pitts: Open-carry everywhere push is quite new, quite mad

By Leonard Pitts June 9, 2014 6 a.m.

A few days ago, the NRA inadvertently said something reasonable.

Pitts: Ibrahim's imprisonment shows fallacy of forced faith

By Leonard Pitts June 2, 2014 6 a.m.

In a prison in Khartoum, a dusty city on the banks of the ancient Nile in the African nation of Sudan, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim waits.

Pitts: Why no bad rap for Solange in the assault on Jay-Z?

By Leonard Pitts May 26, 2014 6 a.m.

What if he had smacked her one? She’s going after him with fists and feet. What if he had defended himself in kind? Or what if he had been the one who attacked her without physical provocation?

Pitts: In a partisan America, there's no room for compassion

By Leonard Pitts May 19, 2014 6 a.m.

A hypothetical scenario: Your little boy lies in a hospital bed, stricken by a mysterious, potentially fatal disease. You are frightened and in despair.

Pitts: Durant's tribute to mom shows dad's absence matters

By Leonard Pitts May 12, 2014 6 a.m.

Maybe you heard about the tribute Kevin Durant paid his mother last week. You probably missed the one he paid his dad.

Pitts: Silence deafening amid all the inconsequential noise

By Leonard Pitts May 5, 2014 6 a.m.

Oh, my Lord, where to begin?

Pitts: Dismantling War on Drugs won't end War on Fairness

By Leonard Pitts April 28, 2014 6 a.m.

It swallowed people up.

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.