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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Sunday, March 08, 2020
They Really, Really Don't Want Black People to Vote, Do They?
Six hours is a good, long time. You could do a lot of things in six hours. You could drive from San Francisco to L.A. You could finish an audiobook. You could clean out a garage, paint a room, watch three movies. Or you could vote. It took a man named Hervis Rogers that long to do so in Tuesday's...
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Allison Jean, mother of Botham Shem Jean, stands with family and church members of Greenville Avenue Church of Christ after the funeral service on September 13, 2018 in Richardson, Texas. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Forgiveness Isn’t the Problem. One-way Forgiveness Is. Who Forgives Black People?
Here’s the thing about forgiveness. It’s not just something you extend to someone else. It’s also a gift you give yourself, permission to lay down the heavy burden of grudges and rage. And if you’re a Christian, it’s an obligation — albeit a hard one — of faith. One can believe all that, yet still...
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Ohio State. Rep. Candice Keller blamed recent mass shootings on gay marriage and drag queens, among other things. (Photo: Ohio House of Representatives) Views
Thursday, August 08, 2019
Republicans, Either Cowed or Clueless, Are Useless After a Mass Shooting
And again. And still. Nine people shot dead in Dayton, 13 hours after 22 shot dead in El Paso, six days after three shot dead in Gilroy. And tears and disbelief and funeral preparations, candlelight vigils and a search for meaning, and talking heads on cable news and T-shirts and hashtags touting...
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Sunday, July 07, 2019
I Am Reading More Books by Women—Intentionally
A few words about my sexism.
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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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