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A report on leonard pitts speech on race relations in the united states of america

September 12, 2001 01: They pay me to provide words that help make sense of that which troubles the American soul. But in this moment of airless shock when hot tears sting disbelieving eyes, the only thing I can find to say, the only words that seem to fit, must be addressed to the unknown author of this suffering. What was it you hoped we would learn? Whatever it was, please know that you failed.

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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Dear Michelle Obama

You just steeled our resolve. Did you want to tear us apart? You just brought us together. Let me tell you about my people.

We are a vast and quarrelsome family, a family rent by racial, social, political and class division, but a family nonetheless.

We are fundamentally decent, though - peace-loving and compassionate.

By Leonard Pitts, Jr.

We struggle to know the right thing and to do it. And we are, the overwhelming majority of us, people of faith, believers in a just and loving God.

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Some people - you, perhaps - think that any or all of this makes us weak. We are not weak. Indeed, we are strong in ways that cannot be measured by arsenals. We are in mourning and we are in shock.

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Both in terms of the awful scope of their ambition and the probable final death toll, your attacks are likely to go down as the worst acts of terrorism in the history of the United States and, probably, the history of the world. This is the lesson Japan was taught to its bitter sorrow the last time anyone hit us this hard, the last time anyone brought us such abrupt and monumental pain. When roused, we are righteous in our outrage, terrible in our force.

A report on leonard pitts speech on race relations in the united states of america

When provoked by this level of barbarism, we will bear any suffering, pay any cost, go to any length, in the pursuit of justice. I tell you this without fear of contradiction. I know my people, as you, I think, do not.

  1. In November, some bureaucrat in West Virginia called you "an ape in heels.
  2. Please know that, as an American — and particularly as an African-American — I am proud of how you've conducted yourself as first lady.
  3. One of the militants, Dwayne McLarty, blames black people for ruining America and his life — without admitting his own failures and mistakes. That act of defiance sets off a chain reaction that puts his life and the life of his editor, Bob Carson, in danger.

What I know reassures me. It also causes me to tremble with dread of the future. In the days to come, there will be recrimination and accusation, fingers pointing to determine whose failure allowed this to happen and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.

There will be heightened security, misguided talk of revoking basic freedoms. As Americans we will weep, as Americans we will mourn, and as Americans, we will rise in defense of all that we cherish. So I ask again: What was it you hoped to teach us? It occurs to me that maybe you just wanted us to know the depths of your hatred. And take this message in exchange: