Summary Of The Kerner Report

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July 23rd, 1967 marks the date of the start of one of the most infamously known acts of civil unrest in American history. Following up with the shocked attitudes among Americans that day, former President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed an 11 member advisory commission on the subject matter (Kerner). Their goal was to acquire information regarding “What happened? Why Did it Happen? What can be done to prevent it from happening again?” (Kerner). Under investigation led by former Illinois Governor, Otto Kerner, the Kerner Commission revealed unfortunate conclusions -- they warned that “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white -- separate and unequal” (Kerner). Similarly, in the year 2015, thousands of citizens in Baltimore gathered …show more content…

Freddie was a young black male who underwent police brutality. After word got out about his situation, an uproar started around the city. According to Stolberg, a report for the New York Times, she wrote, “[many people] marched through the streets, clogging intersections” (Stolberg). This situation, of course, is much less severe than the issue addressed in the Kerner report.
Regardless, Kerner implies that the current state of society at that time is driven towards a more racially divisive atmosphere. Similarly, Stolberg suggests that America, even after 5 decades, is still under a disunion in terms of racial mindset. Be it known that the Kerner Report does not direct its blame towards white members of America specifically, but includes symbols of media and police as well. For example, the report says, “to some Negroes, police have come to symbolize white power, white racism and

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