Two prominent Baltimore writers weigh in on the riots following the funeral of Freddie Gray. Ta-Nehisis Coates writes for The Atlantic that official calls for nonviolence, without an explanation for what happened to Gray at the hands of the cops, are calls for compliance. David Simon, of Wire fame, writes that if the rioters “can’t seek redress and demand reform without a brick in your hand, you risk losing this moment for all of us in Baltimore. Turn around. Go home. Please.”
Baltimore is in a state of chaos. The National Guard is called in as riots rock the city after two weeks of tension following Freddie Gray’s unexplained death in police custody. Via The Baltimore Sun.
Pope Francis is raising hell again – this time prepping for his soon-to-be-released encyclical on climate change. Conservatives in the United States are getting jittery, reports The New York Times.
Black and white
How differently do blacks and whites see the police? According to a Pew poll, 70 percent of blacks say cops have trouble treating races equally. Just 25 percent of whites agree. Via The National Journal.
As the death toll in Nepal climbs past 4,000, villages near the quake’s epicenter desperately wait for aid to reach them. Via The New York Times.
The joke in Obama’s correspondents’ dinner comedy routine, writes Ezra Klein, is that he really wasn’t joking. Via Vox.
Dana Milbank: “One man, one vote” has turned into “one billionaire, one ballot.” And in the crowded Republican primary, it may mean that no one will ever have to drop out. Via The Washington Post.
The business world’s embrace of LGBT rights has clinched the deal as the Supreme Court hears arguments today on same-sex marriage. In this case, 379 major businesses and business organizations have filed an amicus brief in favor of marriage equality. Via The New Yorker.
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