Fifty years ago this summer, race riots broke out in a number of American inner cities. In the aftermath, President Lyndon Johnson appointed a commission to determine the causes. It was called the Kerner Commission and its report provided a startling and controversial conclusion: "Our nation is moving towards two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal."
Last year, Lester Graham (@MichiganWatch) from Here & Now contributor Michigan Radio told us why the Kerner Commission's recommendations were ignored, and why in an age of Black Lives Matter the report's lessons still resonate.
This segment aired on July 25, 2017.
- The Kerner Commission And Why Its Recommendations Were Ignored
- The Kerner Report Is Reissued, As Its Issues Still Resonate
- How 1968 Defined The Political Fault Lines That Divide America Today
- 50 Years On, Sen. Fred Harris Remembers Great Hostility During 1967 Race Riots