'MHP' Syllabus: 5.3.15

Melissa Harris Perry MHP The Syllabus
Melissa Harris Perry MHP The Syllabus

This Sunday on MHP, we’re back in Baltimore.

While demonstrations for  Freddie Gray continue, those demanding justice had something to celebrate when Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby brought charges against six officers for Gray’s death. Following her announcement of the charges on Friday, Mosby had a message of hope for the protestors. “….To the youth of this city: I will seek justice on your behalf,” she said. “This is a moment, this is your moment. Let’s ensure that we have peaceful and productive rallies that will develop structural and systemic changes for generations to come. You’re at the forefront of this cause.”   Sunday on MHP we’ll take a closer look at why many see Mosby as a new champion of justice.

Even Hillary Clinton is weighing in on the situation in Baltimore. While speaking at Columbia University on Wednesday, Clinton called for “an end to the era of mass incarceration.” However, Clinton has wavered on issues of law and order throughout her career. As a criminal law professor in the 70s, she led an initiative to provide inmates at a rural Arkansas prison with legal representation. But as First Lady in the 90s, she supported and lobbied for her husband’s Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, a piece of legislation that helped usher in the very era she now condemns.

And, parenthood. As the world welcomes Britain’s newest princess, we take a look at some of the challenges facing parents, from Kate Middleton to Toya Graham.

Graham gained nationwide attention this week when television cameras caught her smacking her 16-year-old son, who was part of the disruptive protests that swept Baltimore on Monday. People were quick to label her #motheroftheyear, but she said her actions were out of fear for her son, rather than outrage at the demonstrations. “That’s my only son, and at the end of the day, I don’t want him to be a Freddie Gray,” Graham said.

Plus, mapping police violence, teens working to improve police-community relations and more.

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