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Leonard Pitts, Author at Salisbury Post

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Leonard Pitts: Let’s talk about crime in Chicago

By Leonard Pitts This is for the people who keep asking me about Chicago. Other cities too, sometimes, but it is mostly the City of ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Sunday, September 20, 2020 12:00 am

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Leonard Pitts: Donald Trump says ‘Nobody likes me’

By Leonard Pitts “Nobody likes me.” — Donald Trump “Truth or Consequences” is the name of a town in New Mexico, and of a game ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Friday, July 31, 2020 7:48 am

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Leonard Pitts: Trump knows how to put on show

By Leonard Pitts We are watching a show. It’s important to keep that in mind. It has its villains — Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago, ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Sunday, July 26, 2020 12:00 am

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Leonard Pitts: Either way, things won’t end well

By Leonard Pitts Even if this ends well, it will not end well. Mind you, if it ends badly — that is to say, if ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Sunday, July 5, 2020 12:00 am

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Leonard Pitts: Meanwhile, back at the pandemic

By Leonard Pitts The death toll now stands at more than 120,000. The United States, with roughly 4% of the world’s population, accounts for about ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Sunday, June 28, 2020 12:00 am

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Leonard Pitts: Floyd’s death raises an old question

By Leonard Pitts “I know you’re asking today, how long will it take?” Thus spake Martin Luther King Jr. at the end of the Selma ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Sunday, May 31, 2020 12:01 am

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Leonard Pitts: A reminder of how much it took

Oh beautiful, for heroes proved, in liberating strife Who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life. — “America The Beautiful,” by ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Sunday, May 24, 2020 12:00 am

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Leonard Pitts: America can still kill itself

By Leonard Pitts Eighteen-year-old Dameon Shepard was playing video games when the mob came to his door. Some were carrying guns. It must’ve felt like ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Sunday, May 17, 2020 12:00 am

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Leonard Pitts: I will die one day, but not of stupid

Someday, I’m going to die. This, I grudgingly accept. I have no idea how it’s going to happen. Maybe I will die of having a ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Sunday, April 26, 2020 12:00 am

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Leonard Pitts: It costs to have good journalism

Consider this, with apologies to Jonathan Swift, a modest proposal. Or call it — apologies to Charles Dickens — a tale of two cities. We ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Sunday, April 19, 2020 12:00 am

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Leonard Pitts: Sometimes, faithful make faith a gauntlet

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Sunday, April 12, 2020 12:00 am

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Leonard Pitts: Viruses don’t carry passports

By Leonard Pitts Viruses do not carry passports. Nor do they have birth certificates or other markers of citizenship. So the insistence of Donald Trump ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Saturday, March 21, 2020 9:37 pm

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Leonard Pitts: There are more of us than there are of them

By Leonard Pitts Six hours is a good, long time. You could do a lot of things in six hours. You could drive from San ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Sunday, March 8, 2020 12:00 am

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Leonard Pitts: Alas, a eulogy for competence

By Leonard Pitts Consider this a eulogy for competence. It’s an appreciation long overdue, but then, competence — the quality of being equal to the ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Sunday, March 1, 2020 12:00 am

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Leonard Pitts: Living in post-integrity America

By Leonard Pitts Back during the scandal over his sexual exploitation of a young intern, Bill Clinton was pilloried in this space for his moral ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Sunday, February 23, 2020 12:00 am

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Leonard Pitts: Go ahead, say ‘OK Boomer’ to heart’s content

“Every generation blames the one before.” — Mike + the Mechanics So I guess the phrase “OK Boomer” is a thing now. And I gather ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Tuesday, November 12, 2019 12:00 am

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Leonard Pitts: Why do we often see what isn’t there?

By Leonard Pitts The beam from his flashlight reflects off the glass, so we can’t see what he saw. But in a sense, we don’t ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Thursday, October 17, 2019 12:00 am

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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Rambling, pathetic Trump makes Capt. Queeg look like Capt. Kirk

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Only the ball bearings were missing. The reference, for those who don’t know, is to Humphrey Bogart’s performance as the emotionally ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Sunday, September 29, 2019 12:00 am

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Leonard Pitts: This is what actual election tampering looks like

I said it before, I’ll say it again. “As this country becomes blacker, browner, gayer, younger, more Hispanic and more Muslim, it is increasingly the ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Sunday, December 9, 2018 1:50 am

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Leonard Pitts: The day we used tear gas on children

The United States is composed of 329 million people spread over 3.8 million square miles. In population and landmass, it’s a pretty big place. But ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Thursday, November 29, 2018 12:00 am

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Leonard PItts: A few words about ‘us’ and ‘them’

“All life is interrelated.” — Martin Luther King Jr. “Imagine all the people, sharing all the world.” — John Lennon A few words about “us” ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Sunday, November 25, 2018 1:13 pm

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Leonard PItts: Michelle Obama tells her truth

So now Michelle Obama finally tells her truth. There has always been about her a sense that she did, indeed, have a truth of her ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Tuesday, November 20, 2018 12:35 am

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Leonard Pitts: ‘Enough’ was a long time ago

Maybe this is futile. After all, there’s little point in talking back to a deranged person, especially if he is dead. Both descriptions fit the ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Thursday, November 15, 2018 12:31 am

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Leonard Pitts: What journalists do

“The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw in character.” — Lyndon Johnson “They are a sort of assassins…” ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 3:34 pm

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Leonard Pitts: We could lose our country, or save it

‘What are these politicians going to do for us?” A guy in Texas asked that question a few weeks back on “Full Frontal with Samantha ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Friday, November 2, 2018 11:53 pm

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Leonard Pitts: Young people, the GOP is scared of you

A word for young people, people of color and, in particular, young people of color: The Republicans are scared of you. Maybe you find that ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Thursday, October 18, 2018 12:12 am

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Leonard Pitts: America doesn’t shrug

  What if the end of the world came and nobody noticed? It’s not quite an idle question. You see, something remarkable happened last week. ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Sunday, October 14, 2018 11:57 pm

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Leonard Pitts: Progressives are in the majority

Here’s what gets me about progressives. They never seem to realize that they are the majority. Yet on issue after issue, the polling consistently shows ... Read more

by Leonard Pitts, Wednesday, October 10, 2018 4:03 pm

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