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1967 - This scathing report on race relations in America missed a vital opportunity (watch)

The Kerner Report, which analyzed the root causes of the riots of the Long Hot Summer of 1967, became a bestseller. Named for Otto Kerner, the Illinois governor who led the commission that wrote the report, it was a radical document for its time. The 250-page study of race in the U.S. was released by the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders—and painted a bleak picture of life in America. Lyndon Johnson convened the commission after some of the worst riots of 1967—Newark and Detroit, in particular—to look at what had happened, why it happened, and what could be done to prevent it from happening again. Martin Luther King praised the report as a “physician’s warning of approaching death, with a prescription for life.”

Unfortunately, that prescription was largely ignored.


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