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A corporation takes a risk to support a man who gave up his career for justice

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Colin Kaepernick is staring at you.

It's a black-and-white image, a portrait taken from a distance that feels painfully close, even intimate. Kaepernick, the reviled and revered NFL quarterback who has been unemployed and unemployable since he sparked a movement of athletes and others kneeling during the national anthem to protest police ...Read more

Donald Trump, your funeral is coming

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Dear Donald Trump:

Do you ever think about your own funeral?

The question is not meant to be morbid or to wish ill upon you. But given how churlishly you have behaved after the death of Sen. John McCain -- was it really that hard for you to issue a laudatory statement and lower the flag in his honor? -- it feels appropriate. Besides, it's only...Read more

John McCain, a man of integrity and honor

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

A few words about the political integrity of John McCain.

Integrity was, of course, the byword of the Arizona senator, who died of brain cancer Saturday. The trait was most famously displayed in a POW camp in Hanoi when his captors, hoping for a propaganda bonanza from this son and grandson of four-star admirals, offered him his freedom. McCain...Read more

The right to be afraid

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Editior's note: Robert Koehler is filling in while Mr. Pitts is away.

"He owned the gun legally and had a concealed carry permit."

That matters?

In an otherwise neutral and informative article, this reads like a bit of legal fetishism. Another human being is dead, oh so needlessly and pointlessly, thanks to a moment of lethally armed ...Read more

'BlacKkKlansman' holds a mirror to America's deepest problem. Will we look?

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Editor's note: Mary Sanchez is filling while Mr. Pitts is away.

The credits were rolling, Spike Lee's latest offering to cinema, the Cannes Film Festival sensation "BlacKkKlansman," was concluding in a Midwestern premiere.

A man seated next to him leaned over to Lee's co-writer Kevin Willmott with a confession, followed by a denial.

"I...Read more


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