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Petaluma High learns censorship doesn't work

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Here's an axiomatic truth:

If you want to make sure people see or hear something, ban people from seeing or hearing something. That predates the internet, as any former teenager who ever hid under the covers listening to "Louie Louie" with the volume down can surely attest.

We are talking about a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. If ...Read more

Few tears for Aaron Persky

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

There will be few tears for Aaron Persky.

California voters gave the Superior Court judge his walking papers last week. Persky, the state's first judge to be recalled since 1932, became a target of national fury two years ago when he sentenced Brock Turner, a Stanford University student convicted of sexually assaulting a young woman after she ...Read more

Republicans brought it on themselves

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

He's a Republican, of course.

Meaning South Dakota State Rep. Michael Clark. On Monday, Clark, being presumably of sound mind and body, suggested on Facebook that maybe racial segregation wouldn't be such a bad idea. A businessman, he wrote, "should have the opportunity to run his business the way he wants. If he wants to turn away people of ...Read more

Black lives don't matter

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Black lives don't matter.

It is a message that has, for centuries, been woven like thread into the fabric of this nation.

It was there when the Supreme Court said black people had no rights white people were bound to respect, there when Nazi POWs were seated at a Southern diner while black soldiers were sent to the kitchen, there when federal ...Read more

RFK and the nation we might have been

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

It made my mother scream.

That's what I remember. I had been lying dozy in bed, but at the sound of her, I scrambled into the living room. She was standing before the television watching an image of chaos in a hotel ballroom.

Although I grew up in the 1960s, very few of the signal events of that tumultuous decade managed to penetrate my ...Read more

This time, the joke was on Roseanne Barr

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I told you so.

I'm sorry, maybe that's petty, but I can't help it. For over a month now, I've felt like a man caught in a feedback loop, doomed to joust till the end of time with readers upset with me for writing that I would boycott the hit reboot of Roseanne Barr's eponymous sitcom because of her support for that sentient sack of racism and ...Read more

Trump supporters speak

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

We're going to try something different today. Rather than pontificate yet again upon the motives of Donald Trump's supporters, I'll let a few of them explain themselves in their own words.

Here, then, is "Robert" with a comparative analysis of the 44th and 45th presidents:

"President Trump has accomplished more positive things for this nation ...Read more

'I was wrong' -- the three hardest words in the English language

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

They might be the three hardest words in the English language: "I was wrong."

Three simple syllables, but many of us find them unpronounceable. As in a Twitter critic who referred to me as "her" the other day.

"Her?" tweeted I. Whereupon, she launched into this tortured explanation of how my beard and name were not enough for her to determine ...Read more


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