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 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Thanks to everyone and good night

Well, as Carol Burnett used to say, I’m so glad we had this time together. I’ve written about 1.6 million words as a columnist. This 600 or so will be the last. I’m retiring... — Updated 12/17/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: We should all be biased in favor of democracy

On Dec. 3, Donald Trump finally crossed the Rubicon. That is, he took to his social media platform and, for the first time, issued an explicit call to abolish the U.S. Constitution... — Updated 12/10/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: We owed Joe Engel better than this

Joe Engel died last month. It’s unlikely you will know the name, especially if you don’t live in Charleston, S.C., his hometown since 1949. Joe never wrote a great novel or... — Updated 12/3/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Best not to discount Trump's influence

“Here you come again, just when I’ve begun to get myself together...” — Dolly Parton He’s back. Granted, he never really left. Unlike other former presidents, Donald... — Updated 11/26/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Silence of election deniers pleasant

A few words on the silence. As you doubtless recall, many of us regarded the midterm election with existential dread. The path from there to the end of American democracy seemed all... — Updated 11/19/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Doubt white people could handle being Black

Sometimes I wish white people could be Black. Not forever, mind you. Maybe for just a few weeks like John Howard Griffin, the author of “Black Like Me,” who darkened his skin an... — Updated 11/12/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Proper response to beating of Pelosi's husband empathy

An 82-year-old man sustains a skull fracture from a predawn home invasion, and you think it’s funny? Or that it’s fodder for another dumb conspiracy theory? What did you do... — Updated 11/5/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Don't ask questions if you don't want answers

Honestly, Tony, my first instinct was to ignore you. That’s become my go-to when readers ask me, as you did in a recent email, to prove to their satisfaction that, “Republicans... — Updated 10/29/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: In denying another's humanity, you deny your own

Apparently, Craig Ridley somehow ceased to be a human being. That’s the only possible explanation for what he endured in a Florida prison. Five days in his cell, paralyzed, trappe... — Updated 10/22/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Republicans imposing rule of ignorance

It was the “National Weekend of Bigots.” At least, that’s what Ana Navarro called it Monday on “The View.” It was as good a description as any for the soul-draining... — Updated 10/15/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: DeSantis' words on disaster relief hypocritical

We’re all in this thing together. Or so we like to say. But Ron DeSantis’ hypocrisy just punched a hole through that ideal. In 2013, when Hurricane Sandy devastated New Jersey,... — Updated 10/8/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Maybe leaders shouldn't be 'regular folks'

“When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.” — Maya Angelou Maya Angelou, meet Herschel Walker, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. Here he is on... — Updated 10/1/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: DeSantis' stunt was never about immigration

Immigration is the last thing this is about. If conservatives really wanted to fix immigration, they could have done so years ago. Certainly, the broad outlines of a workable... — Updated 9/24/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: America is a nation in grip of winter

President John F. Kennedy committed America to landing on the moon in a speech on Sept. 12, 1962. It was spring. The calendar said otherwise, yes. But, as has been argued before in... — Updated 9/17/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Biden's callout barely mean enough

MAGA Republicans think Joe Biden is being mean to them. You read that right. Followers of Donald Trump, a man who denigrates his rivals as SOBs, sickos, dummies, losers, wackos and... — Updated 9/10/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Legislation offers hope for environment

“There’s a choice we’re making. We’re saving our own lives.” — from “We Are The World” Yes, this is early. That ritual where the columnist assigns the year a theme... — Updated 8/20/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    News

Opinion: We must accept rights are never fully won

“Dare we hope?” That was the rather plaintive response of a man on Twitter when news broke that Kansas voters had rejected an attempt to remove the right to abortion from their... — Updated 8/13/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Bill Russell 'an arrogant Negro' to the end

Back in the day, his FBI file dubbed him “an arrogant Negro.” But then, people often mistook principle for arrogance whenever African Americans insisted on justice. Sometimes,... — Updated 8/6/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Nazis knew where to look for the like-minded

We’ll get to the Nazi flags in a moment. First, however, let us turn to Merriam-Webster for clarification of a point I recently made in a column that left a few of you vexed. It... — Updated 7/30/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Rather than closed, abortion issue broken open

They called it “massive resistance.” That, some of you may recall, was what Virginia dubbed its campaign of defiance of Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court... — Updated 7/23/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Now not time to argue poll numbers

Our story so far... The Extreme Court just gutted reproductive rights, shredded a New York law that helped keep guns out of public spaces for more than a century, and crippled the... — Updated 7/16/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Hard to find justice in rape cases

So what does all this tell us about justice? “All this” meaning the fact that Ghislaine Maxwell got 20 years and R. Kelly got 30.  It was, make no mistake, an indisputably... — Updated 7/9/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Roe v Wade not just another setback

This is not just another setback. Anyone who’s lived long enough has seen the Supreme Court issue a ruling they didn’t like. This is not that. No, what made the ruling that fell... — Updated 7/2/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Violence isn't in future - it's here

ABC News thought it was -- in the words of George Stephanopoulos -- “too ugly” and “too dangerous” and declined to show it on air.  So Rep. Adam Kinzinger tweeted it... — Updated 6/25/2022

 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Election lie is, always was, a con

“Everybody plays the fool.” — The Main Ingredient, 1972 I won’t bother reasoning with you. As I’ve said before in this space, it’s my opinion that you folks who support... — Updated 6/18/2022


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