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Sorry, Donald, Not Interested

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

So it turns out I’m a friend of Donald Trump’s. In fact, I’m one of his top supporters. Also, my name is Joe.

If this surprises you, imagine how I feel.

Those revelations come by way of Trump himself in emails that have deluged my inbox for months. From them, I learn that when Trump scans a list of his donors and doesn’t see my name, ...Read more

The Social Covenant Has Shattered

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Why would they do this?

That question rises inevitably from a new wave of so-called flash-mob robberies, thieves by the dozens invading retail stores to simply take what they want. It’s happened in California, Illinois, Minnesota and Maryland. Retailers ranging from Nordstrom to 7-Eleven have been hit.

For some, the search for answers will ...Read more

In America, Justice Should Not Have to Be a Relief

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

The first feeling is relief.

On Wednesday in Brunswick, Georgia, three white men — Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and their neighbor William Bryan — were found guilty of felony murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery.

And one doesn’t feel joy, nor even vindication. Nope. Only relief. Justice — which for some of us has always ...Read more

'True Compassion is More than Flinging a Coin to a Beggar'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Abraham could have asked for anything.

The Make-A-Wish folks stood ready to make a dream come true for the 13-year-old boy, who has aplastic anemia, a life-threatening blood disorder. But Adeola “Abraham” Olagbegi didn’t ask for a PS5 or a day with LeBron James. No, he just wanted to feed indigent people in his hometown of Jackson, ...Read more

Are We Not Entertained?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It’s like something out of middle school.

Rep. Paul Gosar posts video of an asinine anime that depicts him violently murdering Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Facing censure in the House, he is defended by Rep. Lauren Boebert, who in the process slags Rep. Ilhan Omar as a member of something she calls the “jihad squad.” Omar fires back, ...Read more

The Nazis Are Coming

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

The Nazis are coming.

That, to a distressing extent, is the crux of the argument being mounted by some of those who refuse to obey vaccine mandates. On Sunday, a group of them even showed up at the Bronx office of New York State Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz with yellow Stars of David affixed to their clothes.

For those who don’t know: ...Read more

How Young is Too Young to Teach White Kids About Race?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Isabella Tichenor killed herself a few days ago. She was 10 years old.

Her mother, Brittany Tichenor-Cox, said last week that her daughter — she called her “Izzy” — had been the target of ongoing racist abuse from classmates at her school in North Salt Lake, Utah. Izzy, who was African American and had autism, was repeatedly called a �...Read more

'Blond Hair White Skin'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

She slammed down her white privilege like you’d slam down an American Express black card. Which is to say, with supreme confidence.

Two months after posting video of herself in the mob of right-wing thugs who stormed the U.S. Capitol, Jenna Ryan went on Twitter to taunt her detractors. “Definitely not going to jail,” she wrote. “Sorry I...Read more

Good Riddance to 34 Cops

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It was reported last week that 34 New York City police officers took unpaid leave rather than comply with that city’s vaccine mandate. For this, New Yorkers should thank them.

And then, find a way to fire them.

Supposedly, according to the city’s police unions, as many as 10,000 uniformed officers out of about 35,000 had been set to walk ...Read more

Fear is the Great Unspoken Engine of American History

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Maybe white students deserve more credit than they get. Maybe — apologies to The Who — the kids are all right.

Leo Glazé seems to think so, based on a tweet I chanced upon last week. In it, he described himself as an educator who has spent his career in predominantly white private middle schools. “I think I teach . . . history about as ...Read more

America’s Nightmare

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

This is a column about nightmares.

On January 28, 1856, Margaret Garner slit the throat of her 2-year-old daughter, killing her. Slave catchers had closed in on the Cincinnati safe house to which Garner, an African-American woman, had fled, seeking freedom. She tried to kill two of her other children, too, but succeeded only in wounding them ...Read more

Power Unrestrained Serves Only Itself

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

As police misbehavior goes, it was a small thing.

No one was killed, or shot, or even arrested. But in a sense, that gives it all the more impact. Shorn of the distracting emotionalism of bloodshed or false arrest, last week’s video recording of an incident between a subway rider and two New York City Police officers provides a clear and ...Read more

Condoleezza Rice Wants to Move On

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Condoleezza Rice wants to move on.

She concedes that what happened on Jan. 6 was “wrong.” It was, she told the hosts of “The View” last week, an “assault on law and order, and an assault on our democratic processes.” And Rice, a former national security adviser and secretary of state, thinks those who attacked and ransacked the U.S....Read more

My People Are Americans

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I’ve got something to say about “you people.”

That, as you may recall, was how I referred, in a recent column, to Mike Pence and others who have apparently sworn an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Florida taco bowl connoisseur who used to be president. It left a handful of readers well and truly irked. As one of them put it: “�...Read more

A Zen Koan on Columbus Day

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It’s too easy, right? Too simple — shoving Christopher Columbus off the historical honor roll, pulling down his statues, yanking his “day” away from him and renaming it in honor of the people he murdered, kidnapped, turned into property?

Or is Indigenous Peoples’ Day seen by the world as simply a starting point, a launching of the ...Read more

The Myth of the 1990s 'Crack Baby,' and it's Pandemic-Related Lesson

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Like crack cocaine, COVID can be easily politicized. The deeply troubled lives of "crack babies" thankfully, never came to pass.

If you missed that era of hyperventilated pronouncements, here is a synopsis.

When crack cocaine first swept through American cities, much concern and social anxiety arose about the long-term impact if women used the...Read more

You Can't Fix It Facebook

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Maybe Facebook can’t be fixed.

Did anyone ever think of that? As a whistleblower releases damning information, as Congress holds another hearing into the harm the company does, the implicit assumption is that the social-media giant can be reformed, that with the right combination of algorithmic tweaks and legislative remedies, it can cease ...Read more

You Can't Fix Facebook

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Maybe Facebook can’t be fixed.

Did anyone ever think of that? As a whistleblower releases damning information, as Congress holds another hearing into the harm the company does, the implicit assumption is that the social-media giant can be reformed, that with the right combination of algorithmic tweaks and legislative remedies, it can cease ...Read more

Republicans ‘Make Bigotry Great Again’

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

You might think it was a crime, but last week, a grand jury did not.

The reference is to the case of one Jared Lafer. He is a white man in his 20s who, in September of last year, was driving in Johnson City, Tennessee, when he came upon a small group of Black Lives Matter protesters in a crosswalk. According to witnesses, Lafer’s SUV bumped a...Read more

Leonard Pitts Jr. Advisory

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

A column posted today titled "Raising debt ceiling critical to Biden and his ambitious agenda" for Politics Today was mistakenly posted under Leonard Pitts Jr. Please disregard.

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