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Best thing Trump can do is ignore April 4th

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

I am not looking forward to April 4th.

In fact, I've been dreading it for months. April 4th is, of course, the 50th anniversary of the day Martin Luther King was murdered in Memphis. As such, it is one of those days when a president is called upon for wise words of summation and honor.

Unfortunately, the president...Read more

Shouldn't there be somebody to defend Donald Trump?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Shouldn't there be somebody to defend Donald Trump?

Opinion page editors have been wrestling that question for over a year. A good opinion editor, you see, prides herself on ideological balance, mixing and matching pundits who reliably leave the conservative right gnashing its teeth with those who routinely leave the progressive left rending ...Read more

Hierarchy of violence

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

People were furious that Breana Harmon Talbott was raped by black men.

She actually wasn't, but we'll get to that. For now, let's concern ourselves with the way some folks responded after the then-18-year-old white girl from Pottsboro, Texas, stumbled into a church last March clad only in bra, shirt and panties, bleeding from cuts and claiming ...Read more

What's going on with 42 percent of Republicans?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

This is a column about 42 percent of Republicans.

It is also a column about trust.

A few days ago in Miami, the Knight Foundation, a philanthropic institution, convened a conference of journalists, tech persons, business persons and others to consider the state and future of journalism. Central ...Read more

Parkland's kids demand change

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

You need to grow up.

As far as I know, no survivor of last week's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, has used those words to challenge conservatives who have created a world where mass shootings are almost literally an everyday thing. But the sentiment is clearly there.

Consider David Hogg, a 17-year-old ...Read more


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