Pitts: GOP's rebuke of Trump is hypocrisy, not principle

By Leonard Pitts July 27, 2015 6 a.m.

Here's the thing about principle.

Pitts: Listen up Christians: faith requires concern for world

By Leonard Pitts July 20, 2015 6 a.m.

"A new command I give you: love one another."

Pitts: Cosby can no longer deliver message that needs saying

By Leonard Pitts July 13, 2015 6 a.m.

You might have missed the irony.

Pitts: United States shows it's worthy of the grace of God

By Leonard Pitts July 6, 2015 6 a.m.

'This whole week," said President Obama, "I've been reflecting on this idea of grace."

Pitts: Enlightenment on Confederate flag was long overdue

By Leonard Pitts June 29, 2015 6 a.m.

'You can always count on Americans to do the right thing — after they've tried everything else."

Pitts: On climate change, there should be nothing to debate

By Leonard Pitts June 22, 2015 6 a.m.

There is something I have never understood about the argument over global warming.

Pitts: Incident sparks talk on race

By Leonard Pitts June 21, 2015 6 a.m.

Of the 60 people who co-founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909, only seven were, in fact, "colored."

Pitts: Can justice still justify his defense of death penalty?

By Leonard Pitts June 15, 2015 6 a.m.

To the Honorable Antonin G. Scalia, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States:

Pitts: Self-improvement by blacks no fix for police brutality

By Leonard Pitts May 25, 2015 6 a.m.

Maybe some people didn't understand the question.

Pitts: Tables can quickly turn on opponents of Obamacare

By Leonard Pitts May 18, 2015 6 a.m.

Luis Lang would like you to send him some money.

Pitts: Formula for change: Educate, advocate, participate

By Leonard Pitts May 11, 2015 6 a.m.

On the Thursday before Baltimore burned, Mr. Lee went to Washington.

Pitts: What can be done to halt police violence against black men?

By Leonard Pitts May 4, 2015 6 a.m.

"There comes a time when people get tired."

Pitts: Why is the Republican Party down on fact-checkers?

By Leonard Pitts April 27, 2015 6 a.m.

"Obama is a Muslim," it said. "That is a FACT."

Pitts: Can Americans see beyond demographic symbolism?

By Leonard Pitts April 20, 2015 6 a.m.

Maybe, conservatives are done with dog whistle politics.

Pitts: S. Carolina police shooting another 'isolated incident'?

By Leonard Pitts April 13, 2015 6 a.m.

"You foolish and senseless people, who have eyes, but do not see, who have ears, but do not hear."

Pitts: South still stands apart 150 years after Civil War

By Leonard Pitts April 6, 2015 6 a.m.

On the day after the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, Abraham Lincoln appeared at a second-floor window of the White House.

Pitts: View Starbucks' race campaign as a cup half full

By Leonard Pitts March 30, 2015 6 a.m.

Am I the only person in America not making fun of Howard Schultz?

Pitts: Join Judd's stand against social media threats to women

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

Dear Ashley Judd: I guess this is a fan letter, though it is not written in praise of your work in movies like "Insurgent," "Divergent" or "Tooth Fairy."

Pitts: Disagreement no reason to disengage political foes

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

This is for Gigi, who can't figure out why I don't like Bill Maher.

Pitts: Ferguson's treatment of minorities not the exception

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

By now, it should come as news to no one that Ferguson, Mo., has a lousy excuse for a police department.

Pitts: Question to Giuliani: Have you no sense of decency, sir?

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

Amazing. Just ... amazing.

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.