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Why is America Like This?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

But why?

It is the question that haunts every mass shooting. It seems to be asked in the tacit belief that if we could just find a reasonable motive, just suss out a cause, it might provide a way to comprehend the incomprehensible — even suggest a road map to preventing the next one. In America, there is always a next one.

Sometimes, we do ...Read more

We Owe Them Much Better Than This

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Joe Engel died last week.

It’s unlikely you will know the name, especially if you don’t live in Charleston, South Carolina, his hometown since 1949. Joe never wrote a great novel or made a scientific breakthrough. His accomplishment was less gaudy, yet no less significant.

Joe lived to tell.

I met him in 2005 — the 60th anniversary of ...Read more

It Was Exactly What It Looked Like

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It might not have been what it looked like.

That, at least, was the message you’d have heard had you turned to Tucker Carlson of Fox “News” for perspective the Monday after the recent massacre at Club Q in Colorado Springs. Club Q is a nightspot that had been known as a gathering place for the LGBTQ community, their oasis in a ...Read more

Elon Musk's New Toy

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

For Christmas, one year, my folks got my kid brother a tank.

This thing could roll across the floor, the turret turned and it made battle sounds. That may not sound like much, but this was 1966 — color TV was like showing fire to a cave man — so this toy was the eighth wonder of the world. And what did Keith do with it? He cut the wires. On...Read more

He's Baaack

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

“Here you come again, just when I’ve begun to get myself together...” – Dolly Parton

He’s back.

Granted, he never really left. Unlike other former presidents, Donald Trump didn’t disappear from the daily news cycle once he departed the White House. Thanks to his legal troubles, the hearings into the Jan. 6 insurrection and ...Read more

A Few Words On The Silence

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

As you doubtless recall, many of us regarded last week’s midterm election with existential dread. The path from there to the end of American democracy seemed all too easy to chart, what with election deniers campaigning for offices that would have put them in charge of voting and ballot counting in battleground states.

If you give the fox ...Read more

Still Fighting for An America I've Never Seen

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I have never seen America.

Yes, like Bruce Springsteen, I was born in the U.S.A. But, as I’ve argued before, America is less a place than a set of democratic ideals: equality, self-governance, the rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of protest, liberty and justice for all. America is a vision that Americans have struggled — and largely ...Read more

The Infuriating Charge of 'Racism Against White People'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Sometimes I wish white people could be Black.

Not forever, mind you. Maybe for just a few weeks like John Howard Griffin, the author of “Black Like Me,” who darkened his skin and traveled the South in 1959. Sometimes, I wish white people could have that experience.

Not so they could feel the sickly apprehension that can accompany a simple ...Read more

Democracy's On the Ballot

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Yes, democracy is on the ballot.

One hesitates to say this. It has, after all, become rather a cliche to note that the American experiment in self-government faces a moment of truth with Tuesday’s midterm elections. President Biden, former President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, Rep. Schiff and pundits, editorial pages and state lawmakers from ...Read more

What Did They Do With Their Humanity?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

An 82-year-old man sustains a skull fracture from a predawn home invasion, and you think it’s funny? Or that it’s fodder for another dumb conspiracy theory?

What did you do with your humanity? Where did you mislay your souls? Have you no sense of decency at long last? One is tempted to say that in your response to Friday morning’s attack ...Read more

The Caucacity of Nope

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Let us apologize in advance to Barack Obama, who once wrote a book called “The Audacity of Hope.” You see, our subject today is what might be called the Caucacity of Nope.

The word is a new coinage, a portmanteau of “Caucasian” and “audacity” denoting a brand of white arrogance and entitlement that has become tiresomely familiar in ...Read more

We Strive Toward Enlightenment ... and Language Follows Suit

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

A few years ago I learned with some confusion that I was now – at least, according to the political left – something called a “cis-male,” which as it turned out (I had to look it up) means someone whose male gender identity corresponds with the sex he had at birth.

About the same time, I learned that people whose ancestry lies in South ...Read more

If Republicans Couldn’t Cheat, They Couldn’t Win

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Honestly, Tony, my first instinct was to ignore you.

That’s become my go-to when readers ask me, as you did in a recent email, to prove to their satisfaction that, “Republicans are keeping Black people from voting.” When I didn’t respond promptly enough, you said this strengthened your feeling “that this is a fabricated issue with no ...Read more

You Don't Treat a Human Being Like This

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Apparently, Craig Ridley somehow ceased to be a human being.

That’s the only possible explanation for what he endured in a Florida prison. Five days in his cell, paralyzed, trapped in his own useless body, begging for help and being ignored.

You don’t treat a human being that way. Heck, you wouldn’t treat an animal that way. But some of ...Read more

Once Upon a Time, America Was Brave

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

She shapes the question in a voice of rainy-day melancholy, frames it with piano meditation.

“All we’ve been given by those who came before
The dream of a nation where freedom would endure
The work and prayers of centuries have brought us to this day
What shall be our legacy? What will our ...Read more

The National Weekend of Bigots

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It was the “National Weekend of Bigots.” At least, that’s what Ana Navarro called it Monday on “The View.” It was as good a description as any for the soul-draining drumbeat of hate that dominated weekend headlines.You had the Black rapper Ye, nee Kanye West, on Twitter threatening to go “death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE” who, he ...Read more

Money No Longer Fears LGBTQ People

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

You know what’s really conservative?

We’re talking more conservative than Southern Baptists, Fox “News” and the GOP combined. You know what’s that conservative?

Money.

Meaning big money — corporate money. It doesn’t do quixotic or go out on limbs. Money likes safe harbors and sure things. Its risks are calculated and considered....Read more

Ron DeSantis, A Secessionist of Convenience

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

We’re all in this thing together.

Or so we like to say. But Ron DeSantis’ hypocrisy just punched a hole through that ideal.

In 2013, when Hurricane Sandy devastated New Jersey, the then-Florida congressman piously declined to support a bill providing $9.7 billion in aid to those who had seen their homes damaged or destroyed. “I ...Read more

Tell Us Something We Don't Know

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Tell us something we don’t know.

Maybe that’s an ungenerous way to respond to a study on an important social issue by a respected, nonpartisan think tank. But, if you’ve been paying any attention at all, that may be your instinctive reaction to last week’s report from the Washington-based politics/fromtheleft/leonardpittsjr/s-2731582">Read more

Are We Different From Them?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

We are different from them.

Instinctively, that’s what you’re thinking, right? Not that you don’t have reason.

The news out of Iran that a 22-year-old woman named Mahsa Amini mysteriously died in custody after the nation’s “morality police” hauled her in for some violation of their oppressive dress code for women is appalling. As ...Read more

 

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