From the Left



Sometimes You Can’t Help But Grow Weary

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

In the Bible, in the book of Galatians, the Apostle Paul issues this admonition:

“Let us not grow weary in well-doing.”

Talk about things that are easier said than done. For some of us, after all, this is a weary season, a season of exhausted hope and worn expectation that would have seemed impossible on that victorious November night 14 ...Read more

Dear White Conservatives:

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

When you’re right, you’re right. And you are definitely right about that quote from Martin Luther King.

When he stood at the temple of Lincoln in 1963 and declared his dream “that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” he ...Read more

He Was the Only One We Had

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

These days, we have Denzel Washington.

We have Viola Davis, Kevin Hart and Jamie Foxx. We have Octavia Spencer, Regina King and Samuel L. Jackson. We have Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Taraji P. Henson, Michael B. Jordan, Mahershala Ali, Tiffany Haddish and Will Smith. We have, in other words, a bounty of bona fide, mainstream Black movie stars...Read more

‘What Kind of Nation Are We Going To Be?’

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Cathartic. That’s what it was.

Page through the whole dictionary looking for a better word to describe President Biden’s speech on the first anniversary of the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, and you will not find one. The address, delivered from Statuary Hall, which was so memorably besieged one year ago, was an act of catharsis ...Read more

Jan. 6 Insurrection a Dress Rehearsal for Something Far Worse

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It was an act of country love.

This is what we have repeatedly been told about the insurrection at the Capitol, one year ago this week. The claim began, as brazen lies so often seem to, with Donald Trump. “These are the things and events that happen,” he said, “when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously and viciously ...Read more

Throw the Book at Mark Meadows

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Now that the House has voted to hold former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in contempt for refusing to appear before the January 6 Select Committee, Washington insiders are gripped in a typical, inside-the-Beltway dilemma: Whether or not the Justice Department should file criminal charges against him. After all, unlike Steve Bannon, ...Read more

Poisoning Ourselves With War

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Editor's note: While Mr. Pitts is away Mr. Koehler is filling in.

War spews hell in all directions. Just ask the guys at Talon Anvil, a secret U.S. “strike cell” recently exposed by the New York ...Read more

Hi, I'm Donald Trump's Failed Coup. Thanks to Democrats and the Media, Nobody's Afraid of Me!

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Hi, everybody! I'm the coup former President Donald Trump and his lackeys attempted to pull off in the wake of the 2020 presidential election.

BOO! Hah, did I scare you? Probably not. None of you seem all that scared by me, which would be a real kick in the pants if I had legs and a butt and wore pants.

No, it seems most of you don't know me ...Read more

Of Tornadoes, Changing Science and Twisted Politics

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Editor's note: While Mr. Pitts is away Ms. Sanchez is filling in.

The cadaver dogs were busy performing the grim duties of their training when the opportunists leapt into action.

They couldn't let a catastrophic loss of human life get in the way of pitching a hefty dose of politically expedient, anti-science rhetoric. To which countless...Read more

American Democracy is Under Siege

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

While Mr. Pitts is away Mr. Jackson is filling in.

"Renewing our democracy and strengthening our democratic institutions requires constant effort," Joe Biden announced at the recent Summit for Democracy. Over the last 10 years, democracy has been in decline across the world, even as Biden admitted, in the United States.

This is an ...Read more

After Smollett Case, Kim Foxx's 'Progressive' Approach Faces More Trial

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

As a Cook County, Illinois, jury last week found actor Jussie Smollett guilty of faking a racist and homophobic attack on himself, attention quickly turned to State's Attorney Kim Foxx, the prosecutor who tried to let him off easy.

Politically speaking, she's not alone. Handily reelected last year to a second term and the first Black woman to ...Read more

Has Antisemitism Found a Spot in Woke America?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

In late October, Jewish Americans saw the release of a report confirming what many intrinsically felt and feared.

Antisemitism is on the rise. One in four American Jews said they'd been targeted by antisemitism during the past year. Four out of every 10 changed their behavior, with 22% deciding it best not wear or display anything that might ...Read more

It’s Time to Do Something About Books

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Once again, carnage goes to school. Once again, American students are used for target practice. But conservative leaders are on the case. Recognizing the ongoing threat to our children, they know it’s time for decisive action.

It’s time to do something about books.

And if you expected that sentence to end differently, you haven’t been ...Read more

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



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