Articles written by Leonard Pitts
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...