Black Columnist Leonard Pitts Says Neo-Nazi Threatened his Life

Black Columnist Leonard Pitts Says Neo-Nazi Threatened his Life

Published December 15, 2009

Leonard Pitts, an African-American columnist for The Miami Herald, says that he was horrified when he discovered that he had been targeted by a White supremacist Web site.

Testifying at the trial of neo-Nazi and self-avowed White supremacist William White, the nationally syndicated columnist said White first contacted him after his piece was published blasting media for ignoring the African-American victim of a homicide in Tennessee. It was in the form of a late-night phone call that was followed by an e-mail rife with racist slurs. White also published Pitts’ Bowie, Md., address and home phone number.

Pitts said that the Herald hired security guards for his protection and demanded that White remove his personal information from the site.

"Frankly, if some loony took the information and killed him, I wouldn't shed a tear," said White, who refused to take the information down. "That also goes for your whole newsroom."

Written by <P class="ap-story-p">By BET.com Staff</P>

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