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Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Kerner Commission Report)

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The Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, also known as the Kerner Commission Report, provides a comprehensive analysis of the causes and consequences of the civil unrest that occurred in American cities in the 1960s. The commission's findings are based on extensive research and testimonies from a wide range of individuals and communities affected by the violence.

One of the key strengths of this report is the commission's dedication to uncovering the root causes of the civil disorders, rather than simply condemning the actions of the rioters. The report identifies systemic racism, poverty, and lack of economic opportunities as major contributing factors to the unrest, highlighting the need for social and economic reform to address these issues.

Additionally, the report offers a series of recommendations for policy changes at the federal, state, and local levels to prevent future outbreaks of violence and improve the lives of marginalized communities. These recommendations range from investing in job creation and education programs to addressing police-community relations and expanding access to affordable housing.

Overall, the Kerner Commission Report is a valuable resource for understanding the complex dynamics of race relations and social inequality in America. It serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of addressing these issues head-on through meaningful policy changes and community engagement.

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The summer of 1967 again brought racial disorders to American cities, and with them shock, fear and bewilderment to the nation. The worst came during a two-week period in July, first in Newark and then in Detroit. Each set off a chain reaction in neighboring communities. On July 28, 1967, the President of the United States [Lyndon B. Johnson] established this Commission and directed us to answer three basic questions:
What happened?
Why did it happen?
What can be done to prevent it from happening again?

This is our basic conclusion: Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white--separate and unequal. This deepening racial division is not inevitable. The movement apart can be reversed. Choice is still possible. Our principal task is to define that choice and to press for a national resolution. - Summary from the Introduction

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