Report: No progress for African Americans on homeownership, unemployment and incarceration in 50 years


NEW YORK, NY – A woman walks by housing projects in the crime ridden Brownsville section of Brooklyn. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Convened to examine the causes of civil unrest in black communities, the presidential commission issued a 1968 report with a stark conclusion: America was moving towards two societies, “one black, one white — separate and unequal.”

Fifty years after the historic Kerner Commission identified “white racism” as the key cause of “pervasive discrimination in employment, education and housing,” there has been no progress in how African Americans fare in comparison to whites when it comes to homeownership, unemployment and incarceration, according to a  report by the Economic Policy Institute released on Monday.

In some cases, African Americans…

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