From the Left



Trump turns panic peddler to nervous NIMBY suburbs

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Having made his name in real estate, it is oddly appropriate that President Donald Trump’s reelection efforts have steered him into a new version of panic peddling.

“Panic peddling” or “blockbusting” describes the now-illegal practice of persuading property owners to sell cheaply out of fear that people of another race, ethnicity or ...Read more

We don’t need the president’s thugs in Chicago

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Editor's note: Mr. Pitts is away. Today's column is by the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

“Hitler had his Brown shirts and Mussolini had his Black shirts, now Donald Trump has his camouflage shirts.” Thus began a statement signed by 15 distinguished interdenominational religious leaders in Chicago that I joined, including ministers, priests, ...Read more

Donald Trump: ’Nobody likes me’

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

“Nobody likes me.” -- Donald Trump

“Truth or Consequences” is the name of a town in New Mexico, and of a game show dating from the 1940s. But it’s also one of the primal laws of existence. Where an important truth is denied, consequences follow.

So none of us can be surprised at the state of the union after seven months of Donald ...Read more

AOC is the hornet’s nest Republicans cannot stop themselves from poking

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

She was a teacher in Michigan.

She was in line at a Walmart in rural Ohio.

She was at a bar in San Francisco.

She was a post office supervisor in Miami.

He told her to smile, and she didn’t.

He wanted to buy her a drink, and she declined.

He didn’t like her driving. He didn’t like her T-shirt. He had been her friend for seven years, ...Read more

Donald Trump knows how to put on a show

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

We are watching a show. It’s important to keep that in mind.

It has its villains — Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago, Mayor Ted Wheeler of Portland and other supporters of the “liberal, radical left” idea that people have the right peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

It has ...Read more

John Lewis’ life was a master class in stubborn resolve

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I expected despair. I should have known better.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 had just been eviscerated by the Supreme Court. So I called Georgia Rep. John Lewis, for whom passage of the Act was the defining event of a heroic life, thinking his discouragement would mirror mine.

Lewis started talking instead about how he would push Congress to ...Read more

What ruined Donald Trump?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

If the Trump family had never existed, someone would have invented them.

Indeed, they’d have been right at home in some over-the-top TV soap produced by Aaron Spelling. As depicted in “Too Much and Never Enough,” Mary L. Trump’s lacerating new portrait of her uncle Donald and the loveless clan that produced him, they are nearly operatic...Read more

Nobody roots for Goliath

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Dear Karen:

I wanted you to know that I got your email. Yours, your husband’s, your brother’s and your best friend’s. All were vexed at my recent evocation of the meme that uses your name as shorthand for a certain type of white woman: rude, entitled and presuming to police African-American lives.

“I am OFFENDED,” wrote Jim, whose ...Read more

There’s ample blame to go around in teen’s COVID-19 death

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

A few words on the death of Carsyn Leigh Davis.

It has become predictable that the political right always knows whom to blame for disaster. After the 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Donald Trump blamed video games. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Pat Robertson blamed a pact with the devil. After ...Read more

Karen’s got a gun, but she needs a book

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

So now, Karen’s got a gun.

To be clear, her name wasn’t actually Karen — it was Jillian Wuestenberg. But Wuestenberg’s behavior — while with her husband, Eric Wuestenberg, she drew a gun on a black woman and her daughter in a parking lot near Detroit last week after she and the girl inadvertently collided — is certainly Karen-like. ...Read more

America faces difficult days, no matter what happens in November

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Even if this ends well, it will not end well.

Mind you, if it ends badly - that is to say, if Donald Trump is returned to the White House in November - America’s likely future will be, in the words of Thomas Hobbes, “nasty, brutish and short.” But the paradox of our predicament is that even if it ends well - Joe Biden becomes the 46th ...Read more

You can support your country or Trump, but not both

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It comes down to a binary choice. Either he is a monster or an ignoramus.

Either Donald Trump did nothing when informed that American intelligence believed Russia was paying a bounty to the Taliban for killing American military personnel in Afghanistan, or he had no clue, didn’t even know it was going on.

A monster or an ignoramus? Well, ...Read more

Donald Trump or America?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

This is an emergency.

Election Day is little more than four months off, voters facing their most important choice since 1860: Donald Trump or America? It’s a decision that will define the future.

And millions of us wonder if we’ll get to have our say.

Such is the state of things seven years almost to the day since the Supreme Court ...Read more

Meanwhile, back at the pandemic...

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

The death toll now stands at 120,000. The United States, with roughly 4 percent of the world’s population, accounts for about 25 percent of its COVID-19 deaths.

Those states that reopened despite warnings that doing so would cause a spike in coronavirus cases are now seeing — all together now — a spike in coronavirus cases. And Donald ...Read more

Aunt Jemima is off the pancake box

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

“I wish I knew how it would feel to be free” – Nina Simone, 1967

Here’s a knock-knock joke:

“Knock knock.”

“Who’s there?”

“Aunt Jemima.”

“Aunt Jemima who?”

“Ain’t yo’ mama on the pancake box?”

Okay, so you’re not laughing. But that joke killed in 1969 on the playground at Adams Junior High. ...Read more

Basketball would distract us from the serious issues we face. And that would be great!

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Dear Dwight Howard:

So I hear you’re not sure you want to come back and play basketball. Your team (also my team), the Los Angeles Lakers, was considered a championship contender before the season was abruptly halted by the coronavirus pandemic. Now comes word the NBA plans to resume a modified schedule on a closed campus at Walt Disney World...Read more

Don’t say, ’I am not a racist’

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

This column is presented as a public service.

A few days ago, Greg Glassman, the founder and CEO of CrossFit, set off an uproar by belittling the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. In a Zoom call with gym owners, he bristled at the idea of memorializing a man whose killing outraged the nation and the world.

“We’re ...Read more

’How can they be called good cops?’

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

For two weeks now, outrage has convulsed America: pundits, preachers, protesters, and at least one “severely conservative” GOP senator all raising their voices to condemn police brutality.

Yet, here’s the startling truth: No one has made a stronger case against the police than the police.

There is not space enough to talk about it all ��...Read more

Amendment has no meaning .... unless

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Those words have no ...Read more

Leonard Pitts: We have a rotten tree

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

After George Floyd became the latest unarmed African American killed by police.

After cars were overturned and cities were burned.

After armies of angry people filled our streets with raw screams.

After all that, a white man with an impressive title went on CNN to explain things. “I don’t think there is systemic racism,” opined National...Read more



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