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Brewman_Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-14-07 07:23 AM
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99. The 1968 Kerner Report
President Lyndon Johnson formed an 11-member National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders in July 1967 to explain the riots that plagued cities each summer since 1964 and to provide recommendations for the future. The Commissions 1968 report, informally known as the Kerner Report (named for Commission chairman Governor Otto Kerner of Illnois), concluded that the nation was moving toward two societies, one black, one whiteseparate and unequal. Unless conditions were remedied, the Commission warned, the country faced a system of apartheid in its major cities. The Kerner report delivered an indictment of white society for isolating and neglecting African Americans and urged legislation to promote racial integration and to enrich slumsprimarily through the creation of jobs, job training programs, and decent housing. President Johnson, however, rejected the recommendations. In April 1968, one month after the release of the Kerner report, rioting broke out in more than 100 cities following the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. In the following excerpt from the Kerner Report, the Commission assessed media coverage of the riots and criticized newspapers and television for failing to adequately report on African-American life or to employ more than a token number of blacks.

In 1998, 30 years after the issuance of the Report, former Senator and Commission member Fred R. Harris co-authored a study that found the racial divide had grown in the ensuing years with inner-city unemployment at crisis levels. Opposing voices argued that the Commissions prediction of separate societies had failed to materialize due to a marked increase in the number of African Americans living in suburbs.

Information on the Kerner Report is down the page on the Black Agenda Report link.

Writer's Note: A Google search of "Kerner Commission report" will show a link to a Heritage Foundation presentation criticizing the report (one of the "opposing voices" noted above) as a failure of liberal social policy--http://www.heritage.org/Research/PoliticalPhilosophy/hl... . It makes the same tired idiotic neo-conservative arguments, e.g. there's no more racism since the "colored only" signs came down. All black people have to do is work harder and stop whining and life will be fine. Wow! Nearly 400 years of oppression will be corrected in 20 years! That's swell! :crazy: Neo-cons and other RW'ers have never had a problem with logic, they just ignore it when it gets inconvenient.

http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6553 /
http://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php?option=com_c...
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