Leonard Pitts Jr

Leonard Pitts Jr

America rarely lets you forget that you’re black

Yes, I know what the mirror says. And yes, I’ve always known African Americans face challenges But at some level, I had also grown comfortable in a nation paced by Oprah, LeBron, Beyoncé and Barack. The old mantra of black progress — two steps forward, one step back — had come to feel … abstract.

Leonard Pitts Jr

So you mean Hillary is president, after all?

You may offer to your heart’s content the ‘alternative fact’ that 2+2 = rainbow sherbet. None of it changes the hard reality of what sum is produced when you add those numbers. Nor can you insist otherwise and expect anyone with half a brain to take you seriously.

About Leonard Pitts Jr

Leonard Pitts Jr

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Leonard Pitts Jr. won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2004. He is the author of the novels, Grant Park, Freeman, and 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.

Email Leonard at lpitts@MiamiHerald.com or visit his website at www.leonardpittsjr.com

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