In My Opinion
By 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. Forward From This Moment, a collection of his columns, was released in 2009.
On Sept. 11, 2001, he wrote a column on the terrorist attacks that received a huge response from readers who deluged him with more than 26,000 e-mails. It was posted on the Internet, chain-letter style. Read the column and others on the topic of September 11.
You can also read Pitts' series, What Works?, a series of columns about programs anywhere in the country that show results in improving the lives of black children.
Leonard also wrote the 2008 series I Am A Man, commemorating the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination.
A few words about the “poor door.”
Looks like police in Ferguson, Mo. took it upon themselves to suspend the First Amendment Wednesday night.
A riot can be many things.
Maybe this is trite, maybe it is appropriate, maybe somehow, it is both, but the staggering news that comedian Robin Williams has died apparently of suicide brings to mind lyrics from a pop song Smokey Robinson made famous.
At this point, you really have to wonder: Is it still news when a Republican says something asinine?
“...but we tortured some folks.”
Cover your eyes and hide the kids: A Republican is talking poverty.
In a place haunted by ghosts, on a thoroughfare of the damned, standing upon ground once watered by blood, Breanna Mitchell lifted a camera to take her own picture. She smiled a sunshine smile.
It’s a revealing video.
So, Todd Akin is back and he’s talking rape again.
Here we go again. Same stuff, different day. Déjà vu all over again.
It is a case of Supreme hypocrisy.
Just two pages into the book Unbroken, its protagonist is in the water, hiding beneath the deteriorating life raft in which he has been drifting across the Pacific Ocean for almost a month. Overhead, Japanese bombers are circling back to strafe him a second time. And sharks are approaching from below.
The psychological explanation for what happened to Catherine Ferreira is neat and tidy and sounds like reason.
Relax. This is not a slippery slope.
“But I have promises to keep
His family doesn’t know if Zack actually heard any of it firsthand.
The signs were all there.
He remembered everything about that night.