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Leonard Pitts

We’ve Failed Sherdavia Jenkins, And Others Like Her

I still remember then-Florida state lawmaker Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall weeping over your coffin, then-Congressman Kendrick Meek standing there in speechless anguish, and then-Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio deploring the violence that took you away at just nine years of age. “In our very midst,” he said, “we sit on a crisis of epic proportions” that we fail to recognize.

June 26, 2016
A hotel worker cleans a swimming pool at the Hotel Ivoire in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, September 11, 2015. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Bathroom Bans — Part Of The New American Ethos

Our question for today: What is the proper etiquette when confronted with an unexpected penis? That’s from Roz, a Baltimore-area reader who emailed me a few days ago. Roz describes herself as a left-wing progressive, a “long-time supporter of gay rights,” a feminist and a Democrat who worked for President Obama’s election.

May 4, 2016
girl scouts

The Girl Scouts’ Inspiring Example Of Moral Courage

The decision of the Girl Scouts CEO was uncertain financially and more difficult socially, but it was also gutsy and heartening — a powerful defense of essential human dignity.

July 6, 2015
New York Police Department officers pay their respects as the procession of their fellow officer Wenjian Liu passes by in New York's borough of Brooklyn on January 4, 2015

For NYPD, No Defense For The Indefensible

The NYPD’s temper tantrum shows exactly why the police need reform.

January 7, 2015

Blacks And Whites Need To Wake Up To Racial Injustice

Black life is devalued in America — and too many white people still don’t realize it.

November 26, 2014

Todd Akin’s Back Again To Talk Of Rape

So, Todd Akin is back and he’s talking rape again. You remember what happened last time. The would-be Missouri senator torpedoed his campaign two years ago after suggesting in a TV interview that if a woman is a victim of “legitimate rape,” she is unlikely to get pregnant because her body “has ways to try […]

July 21, 2014

When Women Attack Men — A Double Standard

What if he had smacked her one? She’s going after him with fists and feet. What if he had defended himself in kind? Or what if he had been the one who attacked her without physical provocation? Would it still be funny? As we all know from a leaked elevator surveillance video that has been […]

May 21, 2014