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The lost and the entitled

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Leonard Pitts is away. Today's column is by Robert Koehler.

When I popped open the old laptop, the Geek Squad guy said maybe I should dust it off.

He slid a canister of Endust toward me. "Spray the cloth," he said, "not the machine."

I started choking on my sense of humiliation. This ...Read more

George H.W. Bush is gone, and so is his vision of 'a kinder, gentler nation'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

On the last night of the Republican National Convention in 1988, the candidate sought to impart to the country a vision of the America it could be.

"Some," he said, "would say it's soft and insufficiently tough to care" about troubled children. "But where is it written, that we must act as if we do not care, as if we are not moved? Well, I am ...Read more

This is what actual election tampering looks like

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I said it before, I'll say it again.

"As this country becomes blacker, browner, gayer, younger, more Hispanic and more Muslim, it is increasingly the case that the GOP cannot win if all voters vote. It cannot win, in other words, without cheating." That observation, made in this space a few weeks...Read more

Have fury for a system, and society, that regards some as throwaway people to be given throwaway justice

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

No one even knows how many girls there were.

Federal prosecutors identified 36. In “Perversion of Justice,”a stunning piece of investigative work by Julie K. Brown that was published last week, the Miami Herald reported that it has found 80. But accounts given by the...Read more

The day we used tear gas against children

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

The United States is composed of 329 million people spread over 3.8 million square miles. In population and landmass, it's a pretty big place. But those are not the only criteria that matter.

Morality matters, too. And on Sunday, by that measure at least, this country seemed rather small. That, of course, was the day we used tear gas against ...Read more

A few words about 'us' and 'them'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"All life is interrelated." -- Martin Luther King Jr.

"Imagine all the people, sharing all the world." -- John Lennon

A few words about "us" and "them."

It is, of course, the baseline division of human existence, probably dating from when the first person sparked the first fire. It's a division that has been painful, bloody -- and useful. ...Read more

GOP cannot win without cheating

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

So Georgia voters decided against Stacey Abrams as their governor. Maybe.

With all the shenanigans perpetrated by Republicans in that state, we'll never know for sure. Had they not passed a restrictive "exact match" law that put 53,000 voters (most of them reportedly African American) in electoral limbo over misplaced commas and transposed ...Read more

Michelle Obama tells her truth

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

So now Michelle Obama finally tells her truth.

There has always been about her a sense that she did, indeed, have a truth of her own and that it was, if not at odds with the one her husband expressed with high-flown eloquence, more real and more rooted, as befits a girl from the South Side of Chicago. "You wait till Barack gets out of office," ...Read more

'Enough' was a long time ago

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Maybe this is futile. After all, there's little point in talking back to a deranged person, especially if he is dead.

Both descriptions fit the man who took his own life after opening fire in a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, last week, killing 12 people, among them Ventura County Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Helus, the "good guy with a gun" who the ...Read more

What journalists do

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw in character." -- Lyndon Johnson

"They are a sort of assassins..." -- John Quincy Adams

"I look forward to these confrontations with the press to kind of balance up the nice and pleasant things that come to me as president." -- Jimmy Carter

"The president of the United ...Read more

We could lose our country, or save it

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"What are these politicians going to do for us?"

A guy in Texas asked that question a few weeks back on "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," by way of explaining why he won't be voting in the most important midterm election in modern American history. His words have been playing on an endless loop in my head ever since. You'll seldom hear ...Read more

Trump sets a poisonous tone

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Rob Rogers is an editorial cartoonist who was fired in June after 25 years with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His departure, he said, came after weeks of tension with a publisher who wanted a more pro-Trump stance.

"We're living in a very dark time," Rogers told...Read more

Reality always has the last word

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Just knock the hell -- I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees." -- Donald Trump, Feb. 1, 2016

"I'd like to punch him in the face." -- Donald Trump, Feb. 22, 2016

"You know, part of the problem ... is, ...Read more

Exactly how does 'black racism' impact your life?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I have a question for white people.

I will preface it with an excerpt from a recent email sent by a reader named James. He wrote: "It is the blacks who are by far the most racist of all people as they can't seem to simply forget their damn color and move on with life, get more education and skills, manage their money, stay married, stay out of ...Read more

A walk down memory lane ... with Stevie, Aretha, Gladys...

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Boy, this takes me back.

That's what I kept thinking the other night as I paged through a new coffee table book, "Soul R&B Funk: Photographs 1972-1982" by my friend and former colleague, Bruce W. Talamon. Another friend had sent it for my birthday -- thanks, Herschel -- and I opened it up, intending to spend a couple minutes with it. Next thing...Read more

Young people, the GOP is scared of you

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

A word for young people, people of color and, in particular, young people of color:

The Republicans are scared of you.

Maybe you find that hard to believe. Maybe you wonder how the party can be scared of you -- or of anybody -- given that it controls all three branches of the federal government and most of the nation's state houses. You're ...Read more

America doesn't shrug

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

What if the end of the world came and nobody noticed?

It's not quite an idle question.

You see, something remarkable happened last week. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of scientists working under the aegis of the United Nations, issued a report on our planet's health. ...Read more

Progressives need more than a majority

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Here's what gets me about progressives.

They never seem to realize that they are the majority. Yet on issue after issue, the polling consistently shows that they are.

Abortion? Sixty-four percent of Americans support Roe v. Wade.

Guns? Sixty-seven percent want stricter laws.

Taxes? Sixty-one percent say the rich need to pay more.

Health ...Read more

'The Republican Party has clearly lost its way'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

The other day, a woman confessed to me that she's a Republican.

Republicans may bristle at the verb, but it's used advisedly. The lady admitted her party affiliation the way you would some personal failing. "I don't tell a lot of people," she said, "but . . ."

In fairness, her reticence might have been in part because we met in a blue state. ...Read more

Where there's doubt, men get the benefit thereof

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Let's get something straight: Men are not the victims here.

It is a foolish and offensive line of reasoning, so naturally it has caught traction on the political right. Indeed, for some, it is an article of faith as the confirmation of would-be Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh becomes ever more deeply mired in accusations that, as a high ...Read more

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