Leonard Pitts Jr.

Leonard Pitts Jr. won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2004. He is the author of the novel, Before I Forget. His column runs every Sunday and Wednesday in the Miami Herald. Forward From This Moment, a collection of his columns, was published in 2009.

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 Shaun King has been an outspoken member of the Black Lives Movement. (Photo: CNN/Screengrab)  Views
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
“Controversial Guy” Gets Stopped, Hassled at The Airport
Shaun King is a controversial guy. As an activist and journalist, he’s been prominent in the Black Lives Matter movement, defended the Palestinians, and attacked the Republican Party, On Monday, apparently as a result of his politics, King was briefly detained at JFK Airport by an agent of U.S...
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April 4, 2018, will be the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. (Photo: AP/Jack Thornell) Views
Wednesday, March 07, 2018
When it Comes To Honoring Martin Luther King, Maybe Trump Should Skip It
I am not looking forward to April 4. In fact, I’ve been dreading it for months. April 4 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,...
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 Rob Porter, right, with Don McGahn, White House counsel, resigned last week in the wake of ex-wives allegations that he physically abused them. (Photo: Tom Williams/Getty Images)  Views
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
I Know What A Domestic Abuser Looks Like, and it Doesn’t Look Like, ‘We Hope He Has a Wonderful Career.’
I am a child of domestic violence. As a boy, I couldn’t fall asleep until I heard my father return from his nocturnal ramblings. I’d listen hard, trying to gauge his mood from the tone of his voice, trying to determine if it was safe to close my eyes. Some nights, it was. Other nights, it was not...
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"Frankly, you could stand to be more petrified of your own base — especially since the political left is having itself a moment unlike anything we’ve seen in almost 50 years." (Photo: Zach Gibson/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Dear Democrats, You Just Don’t Have a Clue, Do You?
Dear Democrats: That was no government shutdown. It was a long weekend. It was a snow day. Don’t get me wrong. I am no fan of shuttering the federal government as a tactic of political negotiation. In the first place, it inflicts hardship on the people you’re sworn to serve. In the second place, it...
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Sunday, November 19, 2017
Trump’s ‘Look Over There!’ Tactics Are Pathetic. Does He Think We’re Fools?
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...
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Sunday, August 27, 2017
Think Innocent People Are Never Wrongly Convicted?
Last week, on the day he was scheduled to die, Marcellus Williams didn't. Just hours before he was to be strapped down and pumped full of poison, Williams, the convicted killer of Felicia "Lisha" Gayle, a former reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , received a reprieve. Missouri Gov. Eric...
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Saturday, July 22, 2017
For Republicans, Fear and Loathing is a Winning Message
A little context is critical here. It would be too easy to dismiss Donald Trump’s Commission on Electoral Integrity as superfluous evidence of the intellectual erosion of the Republican Party. As a Twitter observer who styles himself LOLGOP quipped last week when the commission held its first...
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Thursday, May 11, 2017
If You’re Not Appalled by Comey’s Firing, You’re Not Paying Attention
Republican Sen. James Lankford called for “clarity.” Republican Sen. John McCain pronounced himself “disappointed.” And Republican Sen. Marco Rubio essentially shrugged. He said he was “surprised” by the sacking of FBI Director James Comey, but added that, “It’s a decision the president’s made, and...
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Wednesday, March 01, 2017
In the Face of Hatred, Americans Can Speak Up or They Can Look Away
There is a strip mall across the street from Auschwitz. From the commandant’s house at Plaszow it’s a short walk to McDonald’s. Belzec is in a residential neighborhood. I didn’t expect that. In 2005, when I joined an interfaith pilgrimage to these camps where the Holocaust happened, it kept...
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Saturday, April 23, 2016
Flint Is About How We Treat the Poor
Dear white people: As you no doubt know, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, returned to the headlines last week with news that the state attorney general is charging three government officials for their alleged roles in the debacle. It makes this a convenient moment to deal with something that...
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