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.

Articles by this author

books Views
Sunday, July 07, 2019
I Am Reading More Books by Women—Intentionally
A few words about my sexism.
Read more
Views
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
So I Am Done Being Wishy-Washy. Impeach Trump. Now
I’ll admit that I’ve been wishy-washy about this. In May of 2017, shortly after Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey and spilled top secret information to the Russians, I took to this space to chide his party for its silence in this monstrosity of a presidency and to demand action. “Impeach...
Read more
You might want to stop messing with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Monday, April 22, 2019
Face It, Repubs, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Way Smarter Than You Guys
Memo to the Republican Party: You might want to stop messing with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She’s a freshman congresswoman with no significant legislative achievements, so it makes little sense that you spend so much time and energy on her. Besides, every time you do, you end up getting pantsed...
Read more
obama'a hand Views
Sunday, March 03, 2019
Should Trump Lose in 2020, a Smooth Transition Is Not Guaranteed
George H.W. Bush did it. So did Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, and Herbert Hoover. It probably wasn't easy, yet they knew this was what the moment demanded and democracy required.
Read more
white house Views
Sunday, September 09, 2018
There Are No Adults in the Room
For a man who places such a premium on loyalty, Donald Trump inspires remarkably little. He or she shows the jellyfish spine and bunny rabbit bravery common among Republicans these days. Real courage would’ve required the writer and the “many Trump appointees” he or she says are part of this to...
Read more
baby mom Views
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Would God Really Snatch a Suckling Baby From Its Mother's Breast?
Trump's evil border policy is a look-the-other-way, not-my-fault species of moral putrefaction brought to you by the most ostentatiously Christian political party in one of the most noisily Christian nations on Earth.
Read more
 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...
Read more
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,...
Read more
 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...
Read more
"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...
Read more

Pages