This Sunday in #nerdland: the state and the Black Lives Matter movement.
But first, the future of work. We’ve come to look forward to Labor Day for the discount shopping, barbecues, and a three-day weekend. But more than a century since the first observance of the holiday created by the labor movement, it’s also a moment to remember the hard-won rights we’ve come to enjoy in the workplace. On this Labor Day Sunday, we’ll discuss the modern “Uber” economy and the increasingly uneven relationship between the worker and the boss.
Then: Race Talk. The Black Lives Matter movement seems to have a growing number of critics in the wake of recent attacks on police. Melissa Harris-Perry will discuss what happens when movements like Black Lives Matter, and the Black Panthers before them, directly confront and challenge the State’s use of violence. We’ll also examine the response of police officers, elected officials, and even presidential candidates to the Black Lives Matter movement. Our guests for this conversation include:
- Monica Dennis, Northeast regional coordinator for Black Lives Matter NYC
- Nyle Fort, ordained minister, community organizer, and Princeton University PhD candidate
- Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
- Rinku Sen, executive director & president of Race Forward and author of “The Accidental American”
- Matt Welch, editor-in-chief at Reason Magazine
- Sam Sinyangwe, researcher and activist with Mappingpoliceviolence.org
- Marquez Claxton, retired NYPD detective and director of the Black Law Enforcement Alliance
Check out these related readings:
- Weber’s Definition of the State
- Politics as Vocation- Max Weber
- The Virtue of Selfishness- Ayn Rand
- The FBI vs. Martin Luther King: Inside J. Edgar Hoover’s “Suicide Letter” to Civil Rights Leader
- Black Panther Party 10 Point Plan
And a conversation with Stanley Nelson, the director and producer of the breathtaking new documentary, “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.”
All that, plus, the NFL, “Concussion,” and more.
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.