By Leonard Pitts September 29, 2014 6 a.m.
This is a tale of two countries.
By Leonard Pitts September 22, 2014 6 a.m.
My mother was a child abuser. I was, too. In fact, growing up, pretty much every parent I knew abused their kids.
By Leonard Pitts September 15, 2014 6 a.m.
If. Two letters long, it is arguably the most fruitless word in the English language, an evocation of paths not taken, possibilities foreclosed, regrets stacked high — and it lies like a pall of smoke over President Obama's Wednesday-night announcement that this country is returning to war, albeit with airstrikes only, in a place we just left behind in 2011 after spending almost nine years, over a trillion dollars, and 4,425 lives.
By Leonard Pitts September 8, 2014 6 a.m.
I have a question for my Republican friends. Yes, that sounds like the setup for a smackdown, but though the question is pointed, it is also in earnest. I'd seriously like to know:
By Leonard Pitts September 1, 2014 6 a.m.
Sometimes you read a sentence and you think to yourself: Only here, only us.
By Leonard Pitts August 25, 2014 6 a.m.
A truism: Almost nobody looks good in his booking photo.
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.
By Leonard Pitts August 11, 2014 6 a.m.
"...but we tortured some folks." — President Barack Obama
By Leonard Pitts August 4, 2014 6 a.m.
A few words about the "poor door."
By Leonard Pitts July 28, 2014 6 a.m.
It's a revealing video.
By Leonard Pitts July 21, 2014 6:01 a.m.
So, Todd Akin is back and he's talking rape again.
By Leonard Pitts July 14, 2014 6 a.m.
It is a case of Supreme hypocrisy.
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.
By Leonard Pitts June 30, 2014 6 a.m.
"But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep."
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.
By Leonard Pitts June 9, 2014 6 a.m.
A few days ago, the NRA inadvertently said something reasonable.
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.
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?
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.
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.
By Leonard Pitts May 5, 2014 6 a.m.
Oh, my Lord, where to begin?
By Leonard Pitts April 28, 2014 6 a.m.
It swallowed people up.
By Leonard Pitts April 21, 2014 6 a.m.
I have a question for George Will.
By Leonard Pitts April 14, 2014 6 a.m.
By Leonard Pitts April 7, 2014 6 a.m.
Eleven years ago, Richard Stearns went to Washington.
By Leonard Pitts March 31, 2014 6 a.m.
Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins.
By Leonard Pitts March 24, 2014 6 a.m.
And what shall we say now that the monster has died?
By Leonard Pitts March 17, 2014 6 a.m.
It's your fault Justin Bieber is a jerk.
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:
By Leonard Pitts March 3, 2014 6 a.m.
By Leonard Pitts February 24, 2014 6 a.m.
"You can get killed just for living in your American skin." — Bruce Springsteen
By Leonard Pitts February 17, 2014 6 a.m.
I used to get blamed all the time for stuff Bob Steinback said.
By Leonard Pitts February 10, 2014 6 a.m.
It's an odd thing.
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.
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."
By Leonard Pitts January 20, 2014 6 a.m.
Perhaps you've heard of the Fourth Amendment.
By Leonard Pitts January 13, 2014 6 a.m.
Marlise Munoz was 33 when she died.
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.
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.
By Leonard Pitts December 2, 2013 6 a.m.
The N-word again. Of course.
By Leonard Pitts November 25, 2013 6 a.m.
We were never innocent.
By Leonard Pitts November 18, 2013 6 a.m.
Dear Mr. President: You lied.
By Leonard Pitts November 11, 2013 6 a.m.
I need to know how to build a bomb.
By Leonard Pitts October 28, 2013 6 a.m.
The film surprises you with vast silences.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.