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.
By Leonard Pitts September 9, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Abraham Lincoln said it best.
By Leonard Pitts September 2, 2013 6:02 a.m.
I have nothing to say about the murder of Christopher Lane.
By Leonard Pitts August 26, 2013 6:01 a.m.
This isn't your average summer movie crowd.
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.
By Leonard Pitts August 12, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Newspapers have become the bullied school kid of American journalism.
By Leonard Pitts August 5, 2013 6:01 a.m.
A few words about the McBudget.
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
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:
By Leonard Pitts July 15, 2013 6:01 a.m.
As Christina Cordero remembers it, the doctor would not take no for an answer.
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.
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.
By Leonard Pitts June 17, 2013 6:01 a.m.
It will not be with guns.
By Leonard Pitts June 10, 2013 6:01 a.m.
You'd think they'd never seen a scandal before.
By Leonard Pitts June 3, 2013 6:02 a.m.
Hold your applause. As milestones go, this one is disappointing.
By Leonard Pitts May 27, 2013 6:02 a.m.
At great political peril, George Ryan did the right thing.
By Leonard Pitts May 20, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Well, this is a fine mess.
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.
By Leonard Pitts May 6, 2013 6:01 a.m.
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.
By Leonard Pitts April 22, 2013 6:01 a.m.
There are many things to say about Brad Paisley's new song.
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:
By Leonard Pitts April 8, 2013 6:02 a.m.
A few words on the death of Elwin Wilson.
By Leonard Pitts April 1, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Dear Whomever is in Charge of Customer Service for DirecTV:
By Leonard Pitts March 25, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Let there be no cheers for Rob Portman.
By Leonard Pitts March 18, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Perhaps you remember when Dr. Doom conquered the world.
By Leonard Pitts March 11, 2013 6:01 a.m.
It's not just a women's issue.
By Leonard Pitts March 4, 2013 6:01 a.m.
'The first kick I took was when I hit the ground."
By Leonard Pitts February 25, 2013 6:01 a.m.
If it is true, as the writer Samuel Johnson once said, that "patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel," then the dictionary must be the first.
By Leonard Pitts February 18, 2013 6:01 a.m.
So it turns out Chris Christie is fat.
By Leonard Pitts February 11, 2013 6:01 a.m.
You remember that serious conversation we were going to have about guns? Here's how serious it has turned out to be.