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 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Manchin making seismic, potentially tragic error

Dear Sen. Joe Manchin: It has only been 56 years. As Americans, we are pleased to call ourselves one of the world’s oldest democracies. We are actually one of the world’s... — Updated 6/12/2021

 
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Opinion: Calamity just another thing that tears us apart

There is no such thing as the united states. As an era of medical mask mandates draws to a close and we begin to ponder lessons learned, that one should top the list. Not to... — Updated 5/29/2021

 
 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Trying to make the senseless make sense

Fifty years ago. Left-wing terrorists exploded a bomb at the U.S. Capitol. An Army officer was convicted in the massacre of civilians at My Lai. Vietnam chewed up another 2,414... — Updated 5/22/2021

 
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Opinion: Better not to talk about 'Foxitis'

Let’s talk about Foxitis. That, as you may recall, was the explanation attorney Joseph Hurley offered this month at a court hearing for his client, accused Capitol... — Updated 5/15/2021

 
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Opinion: Racism bad for more than people of color

Its Constitution fixed the value of African Americans at three-fifths that of other humans. Its bloodiest war was over whether they should be enslaved. It has no institution ... — Updated 5/8/2021

 
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Opinion: Open letter and apology to children

An open letter to the children: We owe you an apology. Meaning all of us in the generations above you. We had one job where you were concerned, and that was to keep you safe.... — Updated 5/1/2021

 
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Opinion: Justice shouldn't be this difficult

I sat there trying to remember how to breathe. I suspect I had that in common with people — particularly African-American people — all over the country. Didn’t we all hold... — Updated 4/24/2021

 
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Opinion: Will of the people matters most

There is nothing sacred about nine. The number was not carried down from a mountain on stone tablets, nor did it appear in a burning bush. In fact, before the Supreme Court... — Updated 4/17/2021

 
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Opinion: Verdict already in on America

America is on trial. Or at least, that is the conviction of many observers as Derek Chauvin, a white former Minneapolis police officer, faces judge and jury in the death of George F... — Updated 4/10/2021

 
 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Congratulations, Republicans, on Jim Crow 2.0

Dear Republicans: Let’s just say this plainly. You are a people lacking integrity and honor. And you have not a thimbleful of respect for one of this nation’s most sacred... — Updated 4/3/2021

 
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Opinion: Shootings reduce victims to names, numbers

Alexis Knutson doesn’t want to see her friend reduced. That friend, she told The New York Times, “had the biggest, brightest smile. She always just had these dimples that,... — Updated 3/27/2021

 
 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Need to lose 'leaders' who don't value US's core mission

On the issue of guns, John Kavanagh has a record unblemished by sanity. Indeed, a scroll through Vote Smart, the nonpartisan, nonprofit voter information clearinghouse, suggests... — Updated 3/20/2021

 
 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Pandemic has gifted us a harsh lesson

My brother-in-law died of hogwash. Another brother-in-law, a sister-in-law, two daughters-in-law, two cousins and several grandchildren are all recovering from hogwash. My wife... — Updated 3/13/2021

 
 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Walking back racism isn't 'cancel culture'

No, Dr. Seuss hasn’t been “canceled.” Granted, you’d never know it from the ruckus that erupted after Theodor Seuss Geisel’s estate decided to stop publishing six... — Updated 3/6/2021

 
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Opinion: Anything is possible

You're not reading this on a smartphone or tablet, are you? I hope not, for your sake. They say the government can use imperceptible fluctuations in the light to reprogram your... — Updated 3/1/2021

 
 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

Opinion: Not teaching slavery doesn't change facts

Let’s try an experiment. For 30 years, let’s require that young people are taught nothing about the moon. Let’s scrub Earth’s satellite from books and online articles.... — Updated 3/1/2021

 
 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

 
 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

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

 
 By Leonard Pitts    Voices

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...

 

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