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Is the GOP a hate group?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Here's how The Southern Poverty Law Center defines a hate group.

It is, they say, "an organization that -- based on its official statements or principles, the statements of its leaders, or its activities -- has beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for ...Read more

America is not Donald Trump's house

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Dear Donald Trump:

Years ago, I got to visit Kwethluk, an Alaskan town of fewer than 900 souls. It is an isolated place where the people, most of them Yup'ik and Eskimo, live on what the tundra provides: ptarmigan, moose, seal, salmonberries. I remember standing upon that snowbound landscape and marveling that I was further than I'd ever been ...Read more

Failure to stand up for the truth, suggests not an open mind but an empty one

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

A man named Josef Buzhminski told this story at the trial of Adolf Eichmann.

It happened on July 27, 1942, at the fence of the Jewish ghetto in Przemysl, Poland. Buzhminski was watching from hiding as an SS man named Kidash seized a Jewish woman and her 18-month-old son. "She held the baby in her arms," Buzhminski said, "and ...Read more

What will we do in a future without newspapers?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

The Vindy announced its death about a week before Jeffrey Epstein was arrested. Though the timing was only a coincidence, the juxtaposition speaks volumes about the state of American journalism.

Epstein, as you likely know, is the billionaire money manager who was taken into custody Saturday in New Jersey on charges of sex trafficking. This ...Read more

Opening up to women's stories

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

A few words about my sexism.

Nerd that I am, I keep a book diary, i.e., a list of the 40 or 50 books I read and listen to each year. In 2016, while perusing said list, I made a discovery that startled me: there were almost no women on it.

That year, I plowed through 46 books by the likes of Stephen King, Walter Mosley, Bruce Springsteen and ...Read more

The meaning of freedom in the age of Trump

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I had no intention of telling this story here.

Independence Day is Thursday, and I thought I might talk about the meaning of freedom in the age of Trump. Refugees are imprisoned in squalor on our southern border, the government balking at providing them toothpaste and soap, and I thought I might talk about the diminution of ...Read more

Trump did the right thing

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

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

In the last week, Donald Trump suddenly reversed two major decisions. He announced he would not begin mass deportations of those who are living in the country illegally, which he previously threatened to do, and he pulled the plug on a bombing attack on Iran, even as the military jets ...Read more

War begets war . . . and nothing else

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

While Mr. Pitts is away Robert Koehler is filling in.

Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran . . .

Thanks, John McCain! Let's mix a little humor in with war. It's so much easier to take when we do. By the way, have you noticed that we're always on the verge of war?

"The bombing will be ...Read more

On abortion, voters still lean to the wobbly middle

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

While Mr. Pitts is away, Clarence Page is filling in.

Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden is taking heat and light for his recent switcheroo on abortion rights. But Biden is hardly alone in his inconsistency on this volatile issue. Some of us remember how now-president Donald Trump made a famous abortion switcheroo too.

Biden...Read more

The right is coming for birth control, too

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Ms. Sanchez is filling in while Mr. Pitts is away.

Surfing conservative websites, it didn't take long to find this nugget of backward thinking, courtesy of American Thinker:

"The sexual revolution that was kick-started by the advent of birth control in the early 1960s has done irreparable damage to Western civilization."

If you had any...Read more

No delay: Impeach him now!

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

While Mr. Pitts is away Bill Press is filling in.

Why all the talk? Why all the debate? Why all the angst? The case is clear. He deserves to be impeached. So don't wait any longer. Rev up the engines. Start the hearings. Impeach him -- now!

No, I'm not talking about President Donald Trump (not yet!). I'm talking about Attorney General ...Read more

LGBTQ celebrate pride on 50th anniversary of Stonewall Uprising

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I am as straight as the crease in George Will's slacks. It's not something I'm particularly proud of.

To be clear, it's also not something of which I am ashamed. Truth be told, it's not something I've ever had to think much about, not something I've ever had to defend or deny. You might call that heterosexual privilege. It's one of the things ...Read more

What they see when they see us

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It's a story that will lacerate your heart.

Indeed, you'll watch "When They See Us," director Ava DuVernay's new Netflix miniseries, in appalled disbelief and open-mouthed horror. That may sound like a warning. It's actually a recommendation.

DuVernay tells the story of the so-called Central Park 5, four of them black, one Hispanic, who were ...Read more

What would you give to save your world?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Elmo Cook knew nothing about it.

He'd heard the sirens in the middle of the night alerting all of Abilene that something had happened, but when he tried to turn on the radio, he found that his power was out. And when he left for work in the morning, the paperboy had not yet made his rounds.

As a result, Cook was one of the last people in town ...Read more

The growing stillness of home, but then Maya came along

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I had been looking forward to the quiet.

The house in which we raised six children was finally empty, save for a stray Millennial or two. The SpongeBob SquarePants toys had gone to charity, the Barbie Dream House was gathering dust in the attic and there was no longer a car seat permanently strapped into my backseat.

As the Mrs. and I pushed ...Read more

In letting fake Pelosi video stand, Facebook shows its true colors

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"With great power, there must also come great responsibility."

--Stan Lee, Amazing Fantasy #15, 1962

The truth is dead, and Facebook killed it.

That's not nearly as much of an exaggeration as you might wish. Consider that the social media colossus was the platform of choice for a video that blazed across the internet last week, purporting to ...Read more

Madame Speaker, it's time for us to save ourselves

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"I pray for the president of the United States. And I pray for the United States of America." -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

"...Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." -- James 2:17

You almost felt sorry for Nancy Pelosi.

There was something poignant in seeing her driven to prayer by less than five minutes spent with ...Read more

The hypocrisy of anti-abortion activists knows no bounds

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Last week, a man tried to convince me that he believes black lives matter.

This is a kind of rhetorical judo some anti-abortion activists have adopted in debating pro-choice African Americans. They argue that black women have abortions at higher rates than others and that this amounts to a "genocide" or a "holocaust" -- yes, they often use ...Read more

The Republican Party working to repeal the 20th century

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

The Republican Party's appeal, it has occasionally been argued in this space, stems largely from an implicit promise: Vote for us and we will repeal the 20th century.

This was meant as truth wrapped in snarky hyperbole. But, as has become distressingly apparent over the years, it's actually truth...Read more

Mike Pence was right, inadvertently

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Mike Pence was right. At least, inadvertently, he was.

In a commencement address Saturday at Liberty University, the Christian evangelical college in Virginia, the vice president warned graduates that they should expect to be "shunned or ridiculed for defending the teachings of the Bible."

"As you go about your daily life," he said, "just be ...Read more

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