Melissa Harris Perry MHP The Syllabus

‘MHP’ Syllabus: 1.25.15

The Supreme Court is deliberating on a case that could determine the future of the Fair Housing Act, the landmark civil rights era legislation that prohibits racial discrimination in housing. This case is extremely important because housing policies not only affect housing; they also have huge implications on health, wealth, and educational outcomes and opportunities. Our panel of experts will explain this “disparate impact” case and dive deep into a discussion on its significance. Guests include:

Want to learn more about the Fair Housing Act, disparate impact, and what’s at stake? Check out the links below:

Then, race and guns. Jonathan Metzl, director of the Center for Medicine, Health and Society and professor of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University, joins us for a conversation about the influence of race on how society and law enforcement view people with guns. And we’ll discuss when having a permit isn’t enough. Check out these interesting reads about race and guns in America:

And, the film that has garnered big nominations, big bucks, and big controversy: American Sniper. Does the film glorify American war tactics? Why the cold reception by some? Guests include:

All that, plus, Bill Belichick’s incredible Saturday afternoon press conference about physics and no justice for Phylicia Barnes.

Be sure to read what we’ve linked above, and watch Melissa Harris-Perry Sunday at 10am ET on msnbc. Join the conversation—share your thoughts about these issues on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #nerdland.