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Leonard Pitts Jr.

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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Our House Continues to Burn, Yet Some Insist on Trying to Reason With Fire

Tradition and aspirational values cannot matter more than the principles they are meant to serve.

Leonard Pitts Jr. ·


Henry Darby Goes Above and Beyond to Help His Students—And That Should Make You Angry

What does it say about us as a country that he must go to such extraordinary lengths?

Leonard Pitts Jr. ·


They Really, Really Don't Want Black People to Vote, Do They?

Six hours is time enough to steal a democracy. But it's time enough to save one, too.

Leonard Pitts Jr. ·


Forgiveness Isn’t the Problem. One-way Forgiveness Is. Who Forgives Black People?

By simply existing, black people remind white people of those sins of their forebears, sins many are desperate to minimize or forget. Because down that path lies white guilt.

Leonard Pitts Jr. ·


Republicans, Either Cowed or Clueless, Are Useless After a Mass Shooting

Everything except the gun, everything except the fact that this is a country where the angry and disaffected can buy weapons of mass destruction more easily and with less regulation than you could buy a car.

Leonard Pitts Jr. ·


I Am Reading More Books by Women—Intentionally

Sexism isn't just about what you consciously do or believe. It is about the assumptions you make without realizing you've made them, the attitudes you hold without realizing you hold them

Leonard Pitts Jr. ·


So I Am Done Being Wishy-Washy. Impeach Trump. Now

There is a moral imperative here, a stark question of right and wrong.

Leonard Pitts Jr. ·


Face It, Repubs, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Way Smarter Than You Guys

Not to treat her like the Second Coming—she is, again, just a neophyte lawmaker—but in her passion, her preparedness and her pugnacity, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is conducting a master class on the power of light and air, using the notoriety you gave her to do so

Leonard Pitts Jr. ·

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