Pitts: Martin case shows we are “re-learning” lessons about race
Leonard Pitts Jr. has become a leading voice on one of the most controversial issues facing the country today. The Trayvon Martin case presents the perfect mix of topics that fit into Pitts’ expertise. A powerful voice on civil rights and race issues, Pitts writes a regular column for the Miami Herald. The Martin case is based out of Florida and as much as it is garnered the attention across the country, the focus in the Sunshine State has been bright.
Pitts has written numerous, sometimes controversial, columns on the case and as a result has become a go-to perspective on the divisive issue that is still yet to be resolved.
But writing columns, is only part of Pitts’ contribution to the literary world. He is also an accomplished novelist and his latest book Freeman is already getting quite a bit of attention. Freeman tells the story of a black man living in Philadelphia shortly after the Confederacy surrendered the Civil War. In the wake of Union victory, African-Americans were now suddenly free, so the main character decides to walk back to Mississippi to reunite with his wife. A woman he hasn’t seen in 15 years, who was still enslaved.
Pitts was my live guest on NBC12 First at 4 and talked about his new book and the state of the Martin class. The full interview can be seen below: