In 1968, an 11-member panel appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson was instructed to examine the causes of the multiple uprisings in African-American communities in 1967, and recommend solutions. The "Kerner Commission" did just that, in a 426-page report released in early 1968. Much of the problem, the report stated, was African-American frustration over a lack of economic opportunity, due to white racism. It then detailed multiple potential solutions to help avoid its ominous prediction that “our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.”
This year, the Kerner Report's 50th anniversary, new research shows that civil rights gains since that time have either stalled or even reversed.
This episode examines what the Kerner Report sought to change, and why that change hasn't happened.
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