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April 28 - Riots, Arson and Looting in Baltimore; The Racial Divide in Baltimore; Missing Black Men in Freddie Gray's Neighborhood; The Supreme Court's Deliberations on the Same-Sex Marriage

This piece originally appeared on Background Briefing with Ian Masters.


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Part 1: We begin with the riots, arson and looting in Baltimore after days of peaceful protests following the death in police custody of Freddie Gray. Kenneth Burns, a reporter for WYPR covering Baltimore City and Baltimore County joins us. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and has been on the streets of Baltimore’s embattled Sandtown covering events as they have unfolded over the past few days.

Part 2: Then we speak with Michele Gilman, a Professor of Law and Director of the Civil Advocacy Clinic at the University of Baltimore. She is the past president of the board of the Public Justice Center and a member of the Committee on Litigation and Legal Priorities for the ACLU of Maryland. We examine the racial divide in the divided city of Baltimore where African-Americans make up two thirds of the city but are less than a third of Maryland’s population.

Part 3: Then we further examine the late Freddie Gray’s neighborhood of Sandtown which has more residents in jail than any other neighborhood in Baltimore. Marc Schindler, the Executive Director of the Justice Policy Institute, who worked as a Public Defender in Baltimore’s juvenile court, joins us to discuss the choices young black men face in a neighborhood where there are 84 men for every 100 women with many black men between the ages of 25 and 54 either incarcerated or victims of homicide.

Part 4: Then finally we look into the Supreme Court’s deliberations on same-sex marriage and speak with Marc Soloman, the National Campaign Director of Freedom to Marry and the author of “Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and the Pundits”. He was in the court today and we discuss what the arguments might reveal about how the ruling expected in late June will come down.


This piece originally appeared on Background Briefing with Ian Masters.

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