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 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

At least Biden believes in unity

Uh-oh. Joe Biden is talking unity again. It came last week at a CNN town hall in Milwaukee in response to a question about how he will bring Americans together. “I take issue with... — Updated 2/20/2021

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Opinion: Bottom line only reason for comeuppance

“You think we’re bad for America?” Sean Hannity of Fox “News” asked that question of Ted Koppel four years ago as the latter was interviewing him on “CBS Sunday Morning.... — Updated 2/13/2021

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Being black also means community

An open letter to African-American people: February marks the 95th observation of what started as Negro History Week and later became Black History Month. I wanted to use the... — Updated 2/6/2021

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Courage in short supply in GOP

What is it going to take? For years, that question has weighed upon the rest of us — and even some of its own members — as we watched the Republican Party slide ever deeper... — Updated 1/30/2021

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Opinion: Presidents matter - Trump was our reminder

And so we reach the end of an unpresidented era. The reference is, of course, to one of Donald Trump’s many Twitter misspellings, this one found in his 2016 description of the sei... — Updated 1/23/2021

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

America is still America - and I am still black

So I had myself an epiphany. Actually, that’s not quite the right word. An epiphany is a moment of sudden clarity, but mine rolled in slowly, like dawn on a crystal morning.... — Updated 2/6/2017

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Derision, lack of compassion appalling

A few thoughts on the lonely death of Naika Venant. As you may have heard, Naika, a Miami teenager, hanged herself in the dark hours of a Sunday morning. She did this live on... — Updated 1/31/2017


Voter ID laws form of suppression

This one is for Mike. He is a Houston reader who shot me an email after my recent column equating the GOP push for voter ID laws with voter suppression. I agreed with Attorney...


Facts rarely sway people’s beliefs

This will be a futile column. Experience dictates that it will change no minds, inspire no reconsideration among those who disagree. It will sit on the computer screen or the newspa...


Change is conscious decision

Call it the myth of inevitability. It is the mindset that says enlightenment and progress are the inescapable byproducts of time. As in a reader who asked last week during an...


Tabloid reality seems ghoulish

This column finds its genesis in one which was recently written by Mr. Leonard Pitts, whose syndicated work appears in this newspaper. Mr. Pitts, an African American male, is... Full story


Web commenting blessing, curse

Yes, I know the comments left by readers on our Web sites are sometimes unfair. I know some of the statements posted are probably not even true. And I know our Web site’s...


Father’s stories lost on inattentive son

I never listened to the stories he told. Either “Speed Racer” was on or the new Fantastic Four was out or the Spinners were on the radio. Whatever. I never listened. Things... Full story


America’s future lies in minorities

There’s a joke I tell behind Miami’s back. I’ll be elsewhere in the country and someone will ask how race and diversity are viewed from a South Florida perspective. I reply...


Walking in others’ shoes good exercise

This is for a reader who demands to know why I write about gay issues. His conclusion is that I must secretly be gay myself. Actually, he doesn’t express himself quite that civill... Full story


Black is many things, including Oprah

The rappers are mad at Oprah again. Just one rapper, actually: the gentleman who calls himself 50 Cent, but whose 1994 mug shot identifies him as prisoner No. 94R6378: Jackson,... Full story


No matter who says it, n-word stings

The N-word has had few friends better than comedian Paul Mooney. Put aside that the word was long a staple of his act. Put aside the promotional pamphlet he once sent out that...


Santa’s spirit will not be forgotten

Santa Claus has cancer. It started in his esophagus and spread to his liver. He’s being treated, but chemotherapy has sapped his appetite and energy and he’s down about a... Full story


Era of soulful love songs fading away

One day, maybe 20 years ago, I ran into Eddie Levert. Eddie, a charter member of the legendary O’Jays, is one of the greats, a singer of thunderous power. Back then, his son... Full story


Homosexuality not something to hide

Today’s topic: flaunting homosexuality. Exhibit A: Doogie. Meaning Neil Patrick Harris who, in another life, was the title character in “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” the tale of a... Full story


Alcoholism latest public figure cop out

Maybe we ought to give Prohibition another try. Granted the attempt to outlaw drinking wasn’t exactly a success back in the 1920s, but maybe it’s time to have another go at it....


"Stay the course" desertion quite dishonest

• “... The Party said that Oceania had never been in alliance with Eurasia. He, Winston Smith, knew that Oceania had been in alliance with Eurasia as short a time as four years...


Sports supercede healthy well-being

Today, we’re going to administer an IQ test. One question only. Here’s the scenario. Let’s say you get hurt at home. Let’s say you cut off a favorite appendage with a hedge...


Young men need to learn lesson fast

Good morning, gentlemen. I don’t know your names yet, but I want to talk to you about the man you killed. I read about it in The Miami Herald. How Lemroy Lawrence walked out of...


Radicals need taught lesson in restraint

In 1989, photographer Andres Serrano exhibited a photo he called “Piss Christ,” depicting a crucifix submerged in urine. It raised a furor and was condemned on the floor of the...


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