At the top of Sunday's show, we will have the latest on the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.
As of last week, 1,093 people have contracted the virus and 660 have died. With 60 different outbreak sites spanning three West African countries and the premier doctor treating Sierra Leone Ebola victims contracting the illness himself, Doctors Without Borders considers the outbreak officially “out of control.” Host Melissa Harris-Perry will discuss the latest developments with Laurie Garrett of the Council on Foreign Relations and Steve Monroe of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Melissa Harris-Perry will also take a fresh look at the ongoing Gaza-Israel conflict. On Saturday, Israel’s government agreed to extend its 12-hour cease-fire until midnight Sunday. This comes in the midst of violence that has claimed the lives of 1,047 Palestinians and 42 Israeli soldiers. On Sunday morning, we will bring you the latest news.
On July 17th, Eric Garner, 43-year-old father of six, died after allegedly being choked and arrested by NYPD officers for selling illegal untaxed cigarettes. Garner’s death has incited questions and concern over the “Broken Windows” theory of policing, which posits that aggressively going after minor offenses will help curb more egregious criminal infractions. Activist Nicole Paultre Bell, author of “When It’s Real, It’s Forever” will join us for this discussion.
Earlier this month, News 12’s Sean Bergin resigned after reporting a story about the murder of Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago. Bergin played video of the widow of the alleged perpetrator, who said her husband should have “took more” officers with him during the shootout that ended his life. At the end of the story, Bergin pinpoints what he sees as the root of the “anti-cop mentality” expressed in the interview: absent black fathers. On July 17, Nation magazine writer Mychal Denzel Smith published a piece called "The Myth of the Magical Black Father," encouraging readers to resist the urge to blame the lack of black fathers for problems in the black community. Smith joins the panel to discuss.
On Friday, Senator Rand Paul addressed the National Urban League in Cincinnati, Ohio. His remarks are seen as part of an effort to court black voters ahead of the 2016 presidential race. Princeton professor Paul Frymer will weigh in on Rand Paul’s speech.
Finally, msnbc anchor Richard Liu will join in to discuss “The Mikado,” a 130-year-old the comedic opera that has come under fire for its portrayal of Asian Americans. Currently performed by the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society, the play features racial caricatures and a cast void of Asian American actors.