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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

Who is 'we?'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

With pre-emptive apologies to grammarians everywhere, today we ponder the following question:

Who is "we?"

That syntactic atrocity is prompted by a recent colloquy between Laura Ingraham of Fox "News" and former GOP operative Patrick Buchanan. They were talking on Ingraham's podcast about what they see as the impossibility of America absorbing...Read more

'We are Americans first'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It felt, with apologies to Yogi Berra, like "deja vu all over again."

In July, after all, it will be 15 years since a skinny guy with an odd name sang a hymn to American union. "There is not a liberal America and a conservative America," then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama told the Democratic National Convention. "There is the United States ...Read more

Media owe no apology to Trump or anyone else for covering Mueller investigation

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Apparently, I am supposed to be embarrassed now.

That, at least, is my interpretation of a few strange tweets and emails that have come my way in the week since Attorney General William Barr issued his summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Donald Trump. One individual wrote: "I noticed that you've released your bite on Trump's ...Read more

'This is the price of freedom'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"This is the price of freedom." -- Bill O'Reilly on the Las Vegas massacre

"Freedom to be afraid is all you won." -- Gil Scott-Heron from "Gun"

Originally, this was going to be a column about Sydney Aiello. She was 19 years old, a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, and she was buried Friday after committing suicide...Read more

A fire at my house

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"...t'was grace that brought me safe this far" -- from "Amazing Grace"

I've always had this thing about fire.

Maybe it came from that night as a boy when I saw flames towering out of a neighbor's house. Maybe it was something else.

All I know is, I've always had it. It's why I'm punctual about changing smoke alarm batteries, why I have fire ...Read more

The road goes where the road goes

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

People always seem surprised in moments like this. Always shocked.

But they have no right to be. After all, the road goes where the road goes. If you travel southbound U.S. 1 long enough, you are not surprised to end up in Key West. If you stay on northbound Interstate 5 long enough, you are not surprised to end up in Canada.

And if you ...Read more

A moral issue we should all worry about

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

If you think you're angry now, wait till you read the court documents.

Not that the summaries of a college cheating scandal so massive it briefly bumped Donald Trump from the "Breaking News" chyrons were not enough to make a nun cuss. Indeed, the story offered a perfect storm of outrage: the wealthy, well-known and well-connected gaming the ...Read more


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