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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

People are dying for nothing

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"You don't have to be the hero."

That, John Castillo told NBC News Wednesday, is something he had advised his 18-year-old son, Kendrick. If ever a shooter invades your school, son, don't try to confront him, don't take the risk. But Castillo said Kendrick had other ideas, telling his dad that he would not hesitate to defend other people's lives...Read more

Some people just don't matter much

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

There are people who do not matter much.

That's a painful truth, starkly at odds with our Jeffersonian creed and national mythology. But it is a truth, nevertheless, one frequently proven in actions if denied in words.

In this country, by dint of race, gender, class or status, some people just don't seem to matter. Apparently, Tammy Jackson is...Read more

'Dying of whiteness'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

This is a column about saving whiteness. It's precipitated by an incident last Saturday at a bookstore in Washington.

Seems that author Jonathan M. Metzl was giving a presentation when a group of white nationalists barged in. They formed a phalanx between him and the audience, and one of them harangued the crowd with an electric bullhorn, ...Read more

Our president is the man of 10,000 lies

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the referees."

Admittedly, that is not quite how the famous line from Shakespeare's "Henry VI" goes. As you may recall, it was actually the lawyers whose demise was proposed.

But though no one is known to have uttered the words above, they still neatly encompass the strategy conservatives have long used ...Read more

Don't evangelicals ever get tired of being wrong?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

At least Judas got 30 pieces of silver. Franklin Graham got a tax cut and the promise of a border wall.

Some may consider it unfair, likening the tragic villain of the Bible to Billy Graham's controversial son. And no, their sins are not alike. Judas handed Jesus over to his enemies, then killed himself in anguished repentance. Graham is just a...Read more

No more wishy-washy feelings about impeaching Trump

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I'll admit that I've been wishy-washy about this.

In May of 2017, shortly after Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey and spilled top-secret information to the Russians, I took to this space to chide his party for its silence in this monstrosity of a presidency and to demand action. "Impeach him now," I wrote.

By January of this year, my...Read more

GOP might want to stop messing with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Memo to the Republican Party:

You might want to stop messing with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

She's a freshman congresswoman with no significant legislative achievements, so it makes little sense that you spend so much time and energy on her. Besides, every time you do, you end up getting pantsed....Read more

Intolerance has no greater champion than Trump

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

And what will you say afterward, America?

That is not to encourage or even predict that there will be an "afterward" -- that is, that someone will use violence to silence Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress. But it is to say the possibility is real. Especially given that Donald Trump is leading a lynch mob ...Read more

A few reasons to feel hopeful

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

This is about Kyle Korver and that white lady on the plane.

The former is an NBA veteran, a sharp-shooting forward for the Utah Jazz. The latter edged past my seat on the way to her own on a crowded flight about two weeks back. A button on her shirt caught ...Read more

Baloney is not free

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Baloney is not free.

That's important to keep in mind in an era that finds America wading hip deep in a cascading tide of bovine effluvium. This nonsense is not harmless, not trivial, not abstract. And it always exacts a cost.

If some of us ever knew that, they have apparently forgotten. As a result, we have become a nation awash in public ...Read more


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