Pitts: Jon Stewart Got It; he will be missed

By Leonard Pitts February 23, 2015 6 a.m.

I am not insane. For this, I have Jon Stewart to thank.

Pitts: Judge puts Alabama on the wrong side of history again

By Leonard Pitts February 16, 2015 6 a.m.

In June, it will be 52 years since George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door.

Pitts: Secret Knowledge seems openly ignorant to rest of us

By Leonard Pitts February 9, 2015 6 a.m.

I call it the Secret Knowledge.

Pitts: Mandatory sentencing laws tough on logic, not crime

By Leonard Pitts February 2, 2015 6 a.m.

Marissa Alexander got out of jail last week, but she is not free. At best, she enjoys only a species of freedom, a defective freedom that imperfectly resembles the real thing.

Pitts: France, Britain's outrage remind us that truth matters

By Leonard Pitts January 26, 2015 6 a.m.

Tucker Carlson said on Fox that more children die of bathtub drownings than of accidental shootings. They don't.

Pitts: Bush expedient, not conciliatory, on gay marriage

By Leonard Pitts January 19, 2015 6 a.m.

"You're like a dull knife, just ain't cuttin', just talkin' loud and saying nothing" — James Brown

Pitts: Our approach to punishment is 'cruel and unusual'

By Leonard Pitts December 8, 2014 6 a.m.

So, what does "cruel and unusual" mean?

Pitts: Right tosses out 'black-on-black' crime as red herring

By Leonard Pitts December 1, 2014 6 a.m.

OK, fine. Let's talk about "black-on-black" crime.

Pitts: Cosby controversy spurs disbelief, disappointment

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

Wow. Just … wow.

Pitts: '60s generation needs to direct today's young people

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

Last week, I spent a day at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where some students and I talked about protest.

Pitts: Cynicism — not ideas — triumphed in 2014 midterms

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

The first time he said it was 10 years ago.

Pitts: Accuracy, reliability don't equal success in TV news

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

You can't handle the truth.

Pitts: Getting tough on crime hard on Americans' civil rights

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

Last week, a federal judge told us what we already knew.

Pitts: Video of trooper shooting black man shows fear in action

By Leonard Pitts October 6, 2014 6 a.m.

Let us give Sean Groubert every benefit of the doubt.

Pitts: Teach the good, the bad, the ugly of American history

By Leonard Pitts September 29, 2014 6 a.m.

This is a tale of two countries.

Pitts: Spanking, in moderation, shows kids consequences

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.

Pitts: Mideast dilemma takes 'what if' to anguishing extreme

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.

Pitts: It's easy to question GOP's fiscal superiority claims

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:

Pitts: 9-year-old allowed to wield an Uzi? Only in America

By Leonard Pitts September 1, 2014 6 a.m.

Sometimes you read a sentence and you think to yourself: Only here, only us.

Pitts: Political losers misuse courts to further their agendas

By Leonard Pitts August 25, 2014 6 a.m.

A truism: Almost nobody looks good in his booking photo.

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.