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An accused child molester for U.S. Senate? Really?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

So maybe we should just cancel Thanksgiving this year?

It's probably an attractive idea to many of those now traveling over the river and through the woods for turkey, cranberry sauce and political arguments that promise more angst than a flat tire in a thunderstorm. It grows increasingly clear that the problem in America just ...Read more

The diversionary tactics of a child president

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Call it the politics of "I know you are, but what am I?"

It is a form of "reasoning" that could not be more puerile, infantile, juvenile. So it very much appeals to Donald Trump.

You got an example in last year's final presidential debate, when Hillary Clinton called him a "puppet" of Russian president Vladimir Putin. "No puppet," snapped ...Read more

As if you're not worried enough ... enter Brett Talley

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

You are not worried enough.

Granted, that may seem a nonsensical claim. Assuming you don't belong to the tinfoil hat brigades who consider Donald Trump the greatest thing to hit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since Abraham Lincoln left for the theater, you've spent the last year worrying as much as you know how.

There has certainly been no shortage ...Read more

Trumpism wounded, but not dead

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

And there's more where that came from.

Or at least, let us fervently hope.

The Republican Party was thoroughly rebuked in last week's election, and no party in modern history has ever deserved rebuking more. Nor has any party leader ever deserved spanking more than Donald Trump, the boy ...Read more

Why are we OK with mass shootings?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I hate mass shootings.

Everybody hates them, of course: innocent death, fathers, fiances, best friends, and sons snatched violently away, sudden carnage crashing ordinary days. But I hate them for an additional reason.

When things like this happen, you see, it's my job to have something to say. And I've got nothing. More accurately, I've got ...Read more

John Kelly -- and a whole lot of other Americans -- can't handle the truth about slavery

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Slavery caused the Civil War. A failure to compromise had nothing to do with it.

Yes, I know a thousand people have made that point in the days since White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's nonsensical assertion on Fox "News" that "the lack of an ability to compromise" is what tore America apart. Allow me to be the 1,001st. There are things ...Read more

Happy Indictment Day ... now let's get to work fixing our democracy

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

In the last episode of the first season of "Daredevil," there's this great montage of arrests as the Kingpin's empire falls. The FBI swoops down, and you see all the crooked cops, corrupt politicians, and henchmen belonging to the New York City crime lord collected like garbage. It is, in the context of that Netflix superhero drama, a very ...Read more

Men must do better, be better

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

How many is this now?

I've lost track of the number of prominent men who've been accused of sexual harassment in the weeks since The New York Times outed movie producer Harvey Weinstein as an alleged serial offender. Lupita Nyong'o, Angelina Jolie and Ashley Judd are among the dozens of women he ...Read more

Will CNN's new Facebook ad be effective?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

You see an apple.

But not just any apple. Perfect in color, perfect in shape and without blemish, this is the apple other apples dream of being. It is the acme of apples, the most apple-y apple you ever saw, and you'd never mistake it for something else.

"This is an apple," says a male voice, as a piano idles aimlessly. "Some people might try ...Read more

Donald Trump, the poster boy for white privilege

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Perhaps you remember Barack Obama's so-called "patriotism problem."

It was that some people said he didn't have any. The claim was based on the flimsiest of evidence: his failure to wear an American flag pin on his lapel and a picture, widely circulated online, that purported to show him with hands clasped instead of over his heart, refusing to...Read more

When making people uncomfortable is the point

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It "makes some people uncomfortable."

That was the explanation Kenny Holloway, a school board official in Biloxi, Mississippi, gave the Sun Herald newspaper last week, for the board's decision to remove from its eighth-grade curriculum a Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic, Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird."

"There is some language in ...Read more

Democrats need to move left

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I've been struggling with this question for a month.

It's been that long since a Democratic state legislator rose during the Q&A after a speech and asked me a deceptively simple thing: What should Democrats do now? What should their message be?

I had no idea how to answer that, nor even any confidence that I was the one to do it. It seemed to ...Read more

The GOP is finally, sorta, willing to admit the obvious

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Yes, he's childish and incompetent. Is that really news by now?

But of course, it wasn't that assessment of Failed President Trump that made jaws drop over the weekend so much as it was the person making it. Meaning Sen. Bob Corker, who unleashed an extraordinary barrage of contempt on Twitter and in a ...Read more

When ignorance is impervious to fact

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

You could call it a moment of truth, except that what actually came out of that moment was a realization of how little truth now matters.

This is back in 2010, after I recounted in this space an astonishing feat of World War I heroism -- a small African-American soldier named Henry Johnson, wounded 21 times, single-handedly fighting off a ...Read more

'Thoughts and prayers' for Las Vegas victims not enough

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

There is, by now, a grim routine to all of this.

That's how frequently it happens, how unremarkable it has become in America for some lunatic with a gun to shoot up a public place: we have evolved a script for it. Take Sunday night's massacre in Las Vegas -- at least 59 people dead, over 525 wounded -- as an example.

Like a favorite movie, you...Read more

We were idiots then

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

We were such idiots then.

That realization is, if you are a guy, an unavoidable hazard of seeing the new movie, "Battle of the Sexes." The film, in which Emma Stone and Steve Carell recreate the 1973 tennis face-off between "women's libber" Billie Jean King and "male chauvinist pig" Bobby Riggs is, for those of us who lived through that era, a ...Read more

So black athletes have forgotten their place?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Dear black people:

I guess we've messed up again. Seems like we're never going to learn how to properly protest, no matter how hard conservatives try to teach us.

When there was violence in the streets over unpunished police killings of African-American men, they said that was the wrong way to go about it. Most of us agreed.

But when peaceful...Read more

So black athletes have forgotten their place?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Dear black people:

I guess we've messed up again. Seems like we're never going to learn how to properly protest, no matter how hard conservatives try to teach us.

When there was violence in the streets over unpunished police killings of African-American men, they said that was the wrong way to go about it. Most of us agreed.

But when peaceful...Read more

The one and only Jackson Bezzant

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Dear Jackson Bezzant:

Hi, my name is Leonard. I read your dad's Facebook post about you and wanted to share some thoughts.

When I was your age, I was a shy, skinny kid with thick glasses, couldn't play kickball to save my life, always had my head in a book, lived alone in my own little world. All of this drew bullies to me like moths to a ...Read more

Sean Spicer at the Emmys no laughing matter

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

"Was nothing real?" -- Jim Carrey in "The Truman Show"

Funny covers a multitude of sins.

That has long been my go-to explanation of a dynamic unique to comedy. Meaning the fact that you are allowed to be crude and shocking, to transgress all kinds of isms, all bounds of propriety, if you can get a laugh in the process.

Sean Spicer got a laugh...Read more

 

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