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'Must black death be broadcast, consumed to be believed?'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I wasn't going to write this.

On this subject, I felt I had already spilled enough outrage onto enough pages to last a lifetime. I needed a break from the emotional carnage.

Then I saw the dashcam video that was released last week.

Granted, it told me nothing I didn't already know. I knew how a black man named Philando Castile was pulled over...Read more

You can't take the low road to the high place

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

The other day, a Muslim saved a terrorist.

It happened just after midnight Monday in London. The terrorist, according to authorities, was Darren Osborne, 47, from Cardiff, Wales, who drove a rented van 150 miles to the British capital, where he jumped a sidewalk and plowed into a crowd of worshipers outside a mosque as people were attending to ...Read more

Is left-wing terrorism making a comeback?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

You knew it was coming. You felt it with a sickening certainty the instant news of a mass shooting flashed out from Alexandria, Virginia. So it was disheartening, but hardly surprising, to hear certain conservatives reflexively blame Democrats and their so-called "hate speech" for the carnage.

It happened Wednesday morning. The quiet ...Read more

A simple traffic stop left Ayanna Cruver terrified

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Two weeks ago, a black woman driving alone in Princeton, Louisiana, was pulled over for no apparent reason.

But she was not shot and killed. Or hauled from her car and body-slammed. Or even arrested for getting snippy.

The officer explained that she was driving under the speed limit, something he said drivers do when they are tired or ...Read more

This president has failed

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

The Republican Party wants us to grade Donald Trump on a curve.

No other conclusion is possible after a week of high drama and reality avoidance that would have wrecked the president's good name, if he had one.

The highlight, of course, was former FBI Director James Comey testifying under oath ...Read more

Where did Maher get the idea he could say that word?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Here's a good rule of thumb for aspiring comics. Whenever you are compelled to say, "Hey, it was a joke," it probably wasn't. At the very least, it didn't land like one.

Bill Maher is an accomplished comic, not an aspiring one, but he deftly illustrated that rule Friday night on his HBO show, "Real Time with Bill Maher." As you've surely heard,...Read more

What it means when a generation dies

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

There were 13 of them in all, born over a period of 27 years.

Lillian, who grew up to run a numbers racket, was the first, born in 1906. She was followed by Sadie, Vivian and Virgie. Richard, a college professor and poet came next, followed by Paul, Vina, Annie, Edna and Leonard, my dad. Then came Ruth, Carl and finally, Mildred, born in 1933. ...Read more

No pass for 'thoughtful' conservatives

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Can we stop talking now about "thoughtful" conservatives?

That phrase and various variations have been used by certain Republicans over the years to distinguish them, with their principled belief in low taxes, less regulation and other elements of conservative orthodoxy, from those wild-eyed types who believe in gay bans, Muslim bans and Kenyan...Read more

The growing right-wing intolerance for inconvenient facts

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Some people will call it surprising that a reporter was reportedly assaulted Wednesday night by a political candidate. Truth is, it is not surprising in the least.

For those who hadn't heard: Greg Gianforte, a Montana Republican running for Congress, was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly body-slamming Ben Jacobs, who works for the ...Read more

Pouring water on concrete

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I call it pouring water on concrete. You make a splash, but nothing sinks in.

That's what it has felt like lately arguing via tweet and email with supporters of President Dumpster Fire who insist there is "no evidence" he did anything to merit the investigations and talk of impeachment he now faces.

It is, of course, an astounding claim.

...Read more

Celebrating the rituals of spring

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I've been meaning to write this column for years.

The inspiration will invariably come some warm May evening as I am standing in the lobby of a downtown hotel and, suddenly, a limousine sweeps up and disgorges these boys in crisp tuxes, these girls in sparkly dresses, T-shirts and hoodies abandoned for the night, looking handsome and gorgeous ...Read more

Donald Trump is stupid

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Dear Republicans:

So how much more will it take? What else do you need to see?

Seriously: What Rubicon must yet be crossed, what crisis must be borne, what tragedy must befall, before you stop smiling queasy, nothing-to-see-here smiles, stand like grown-up women and men and say, finally, that enough is enough?

You are posing for history here....Read more

Animus of white working class deeper than politics

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"White people riot by voting."

Years later, I no longer recall who first shared that bit of wisdom with me, but I've always found it striking. Not, of course, that it is literally true.

As is attested by any fair reading of the history of urban uprisings -- New York City in 1863, Chicago in 1919, Los Angeles in 1943, San Francisco in 2012 -- ...Read more

Trump needs to get over his Obama fixation

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"Does my sassiness upset you?

"Why are you beset with gloom?

"Cause I walk like I've got oil wells

"Pumping in my living room." -- Maya Angelou, "Still I Rise"

Dear Mr. So-Called President:

You really need to get over this Obama fixation.

Can't you see he's just not that into you? The sooner you accept that and get on with your life, the ...Read more

Justice for Levar Jones?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

So when will there be justice for Levar Jones?

The question is occasioned by a reader's recent request for an update on an incident I wrote about in 2014. Jones, an unarmed African-American man, was shot by South Carolina State Trooper Sean Groubert during a routine traffic stop in Columbia.

Jones did nothing to merit this. You know that if ...Read more

The Groveland Four get a little justice

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

The Groveland Four finally received a little justice last week.

Nearly seven decades after a white woman in Central Florida leveled a false charge of rape, the state legislature apologized for what was done to four young African-American men as a result.

For 16-year-old Charles Greenlee being hung nude from a pipe in the basement of the jail, ...Read more

Ann Coulter was right

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Look, I'm the guy who once called her a "viperous harridan," OK?

That was 11 years ago in this space. I described her as such after she savaged four widows whose husbands died in the Sept. 11 attacks, denouncing them as "witches" and "broads" who were "enjoying their husbands' deaths."

So I don't need to be convinced Ann Coulter...Read more

Let Ann Coulter speak

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

So it looks like Ann Coulter just turned the volume up to 11 and broke off the knob.

The reference is to her ongoing dispute with UC Berkeley, which declined to provide her a venue for a speech she was contracted to give on campus Thursday. As more than one observer has pointed out, in canceling a speaking engagement by the right-wing flame ...Read more

The day Bill O'Reilly got fired

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

On the day Bill O'Reilly was fired, Serena Williams announced she was 20 weeks pregnant.

Fans did the math and concluded Williams must have had a baby on board in January when she won her 23rd Grand Slam singles title in dominating fashion. That, said TV tennis analyst Pam Shriver, made Williams' win "even more spectacular."

That same day, ...Read more

Turns out Alex Jones was only pretending to be a madman

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

So it turns out Alex Jones was only kidding.

That time the radio host and ringmaster of the "Infowars" website said the government brought Ebola into the country to terrorize us? That time he said a Beyonce video was created to start a new civil war, that time he wished gang rape on Jennifer Lopez, those times he suggested the Oklahoma City ...Read more

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