New Study: African Americans Are No Better Off Than They Were 50 Years Ago


Back in 1968, the Kerner Commission released a report that stated the “pervasive discrimination in employment, education and housing,” black Americans faced was due primarily to “white racism.” The report essentially divided America into two societies: “one black, one white — separate and unequal.” Fifty years later a new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is reexamining that report, and, spoiler alert, the EPI says not much has changed.

According to the new report  African Americans aren’t faring any better today compared to white Americans, in regards to home ownership, unemployment and incarceration, than they were back in 1968. Black home ownership is a bit over 40 percent, which is 30 points behind whites homeowners, and about where it was in ’68.

“We have not seen…

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