Maya Angelou’s civil rights legacy. (The Nation)

Ta-Nehisi Coates illustrates the legacy of persistent, formal racism in America—and makes a case for reparations. Plus: related thoughts on education and housing policy. (The Atlantic, PostEverything, The New Republic)

“Stop and frisk on steroids” in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Fusion)

A map of TV and mobile-phone usage around the world shows that Nigerians are on their phones 30 percent more than Americans—and no one loves tablets more than Indonesia and the Philippines. (The Atlantic)

“The American experiment in mass incarceration has been a moral, legal, social and economic disaster. It cannot end soon enough.” (The New York Times)


A sobering portrait of widespread discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace. (Movement Advancement Project)

  • May 16: The key to recovery in Detroit, the fast food worker movement goes global, the one factor that determines why some kids graduate from college while others don’t
  • May 9: Poverty in the suburbs, disparities in credit card debt, when asylum seekers confront immigration barriers.
  • May 2: A big new idea in international development, reopening schools in the Central African Republic, what if the middle class moved into public housing?