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'The Right to Vote is Fundamental to Our American Democracy'

It has only been 56 years. As Americans, we are pleased to call ourselves one of the world’s oldest democracies. We are actually one of the world’s newest. Democracy, after all, is government shaped by the will of the people. But until 1920, roughly half the people were not allowed to vote, disqualified by dint of gender. And until 1965 — 56 years ago — roughly 10 percent were restricted by color of skin.
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Leonard Pitts Jr.: ADVISORY

5/23 column updated at "For some mysterious reason..." Use updated version. (Leonard Pitts Jr. is a columnist for the Miami Herald, 3511 NW 91st Ave., Miami, Fla., 33172. Readers may contact him via e-mail at lpitts@miamiherald.com.) ©2021 Miami Herald. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Let’s talk about ‘Foxitis’

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“The anguish we are suffering cannot translate into violence.”. So said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey last week in the wake of yet another police killing of yet another unarmed African-American man. The sentiment was altogether fitting and proper, especially given that his city was the epicenter of a national uprising last year after one of its police officers — Derek Chauvin, now on trial — killed a handcuffed, unarmed and unresisting black man named George Floyd by pushing a knee into his neck for nine and a half minutes.
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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Anguish cannot be allowed to translate into silence

“The anguish we are suffering cannot translate into violence.”. So said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey last week in the wake of yet another police killing of yet another unarmed African-American man. The sentiment was altogether fitting and proper, especially given that his city was the epicenter of a national uprising last year after one of its police officers — Derek Chauvin, now on trial — killed a handcuffed, unarmed and unresisting black man named George Floyd by pushing a knee into his neck for more than 9 minutes.
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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Small wonder the church is shrinking

So, it seems the church is shrinking. The mosque and synagogue, too, for that matter. Not that this is breaking news. It has long been known that the numbers of Americans who belong to religious organizations are dwindling. But last week, that decline hit a milestone. For the first time since Gallup began tracking religious membership back in 1937, it has dropped below half. Back then, 73 percent of us belonged to some house of worship. Today, just 48 percent do.
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Opinion | Leonard Pitts Jr.: 'A change gon' come'

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Leonard Pitts Jr. column.: A model of policing we too seldom get to see

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