From the Left



Another Word for Anxiety is Fear

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Apparently, Robert Pape was surprised.

Notwithstanding earlier research or the alarm raised in this and other forums, Pape, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago, expected, when he began studying the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, to find the rioters acted out of economic anxiety. His anticipation, he told The ...Read more

Chauvin Trial Cannot Vindicate America

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

America is on trial.

Or at least, that is the conviction of many observers as Derek Chauvin, a white former Minneapolis police officer, faces judge and jury in the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man. America on trial: it’s a headline in Time, the Toronto Star and Agence Marocaine De Presse, a news agency in Morocco. It�...Read more

Small Wonder the Church is Shrinking

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

So, it seems the church is shrinking.

The mosque and synagogue, too, for that matter. Not that this is breaking news. It has long been known that the numbers of Americans who belong to religious organizations are dwindling. But last week, that decline hit a milestone. For the first time since Gallup began tracking religious membership back in ...Read more

'A Change Gon' Come'

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

Dear Republicans:

Let’s just say this plainly. You are a people lacking integrity and honor. And you have not a thimbleful of respect for one of this nation’s most sacred principles:

Meaning equality under the law. One person, one vote.

That harsh appraisal is necessitated by your response to losing the 2020 election. First, you pretended...Read more

The Victims of This War Don’t Get a Wall

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

“This is a violent civilization — if civilization’s where I am.” — Gil Scott- Heron, “Gun”

Alexis Knutson doesn’t want to see her friend reduced.

That friend, she told The New York Times, “had the biggest, brightest smile. She always just had these dimples that, especially when she got excited about something — her smile ...Read more

A Model of Policing We Too Seldom Get to See

From the Left / Leonard Pitts Jr. /

We need to talk about what happened last week when police confronted a mentally disturbed man at a convenience store near Washington, D.C.

They helped him.

Yes, that was a bait-and-switch. But it wouldn’t have worked if you weren’t primed to expect something worse. Certainly, you’d be justified, given some of the headlines of recent ...Read more



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