50 Years After Kerner Commission How Far Have We Come / Public News Service

Fifty years after the Kerner Commission, African-Americans still are finding a fraction of the economic potential of their white counterparts, according to new analysis. (TaxCredits.net/flickr)

March 14, 2018

RALEIGH, N. C. – It has been 50 years since the historic Kerner Commission found that discrimination against African-Americans had created barriers to their ability to be successful in civic life.

The commission, formally known as the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, was established after America’s 1967 race riots.

Researchers from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) have analyzed some of the same measurements of success in a new report, to discover whether – and to what extent – the same barriers exist.

William Munn, policy analyst for the North Carolina…

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