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Kerner Commission

'Separate and Unequal': Revisiting the Kerner Commission

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 05.13.2015 | Black Voices
Steven M. Gillon

Given the recent unrest in Ferguson and Baltimore, it's time to reignite the debate: Was the Kerner Commission prediction accurate: Have we become "two societies... separate and unequal?"

We Need Another Kerner Commission Now

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Lance Simmens

It would be little surprise if poverty, inequality, injustice, and feelings of hopelessness were identified as the root causes of the current state of race relations in our communities. But rather than speculate or argue over the issue, let's have a national discussion, transparent and honest, led by the president himself.

Hollywood, The Police and Ourselves: A Shared Responsibility for a Better Future

Franklin T. Wilson, Ph.D. | Posted 06.13.2015 | Black Voices
Franklin T. Wilson, Ph.D.

Whether you are a Hollywood executive, a corporate sponsor, a progressive Police Chief, or a common Jane or Joe that wants to see a less divided society, we will all play a role in creating a new and better future. If we choose to cast ourselves in that role.

Race Relations: Forgetting Ferguson, Remembering 1967, Contemplating the Future

Frank Islam | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Frank Islam

Since the shooting and killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson by a police officer and other tragic incidents between African Americans and police in face-to-face encounters and the subsequent protests, a national dialogue on race relations has begun once again.

If We're Having a Real Conversation About Race, Let's Make Sure It's the Right One

John A. Powell | Posted 02.08.2015 | Black Voices
John A. Powell

If we having a real conversation then we must have one that examines the deep racial anxiety in this country, an anxiety not only stoked by strategic political manipulation, but by fear of rapidly changing demographics, and a rapidly changing world.

'Hands Up, Don't Shoot!' and 'I Can't Breathe!'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Can we as a society cut through the vail and begin to know and understand those different from ourselves, to have the ability to walk in the shoes of another, to break down these "us" versus "them" notions that separate?

Ferguson and the Kerner Commission

Richard Klass | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Richard Klass

With burgeoning inequality due to stagnant middle class income and the top income groups amassing an increasing share of wealth, we are seeing the development of a clear separation of citizens based on a widening income gap.

Detroit's Death Knell? Austerity, Structural Racism, Water Wars

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 01.18.2015 | Detroit
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

The post-industrial dystopia emerging on the streets of Detroit may be shocking, but it is not surprising. The crisis results from the convergent forces of fiscal austerity and structural racism in a region defined by its extreme segregation of race, wealth and opportunity.

Ferguson, MO and Beyond Heroes, Holidays, Food and Festivals

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Can we as a society cut through this vail and begin to know and understand those different from ourselves, to have the ability to walk in the shoes of another, to break down these "us" versus "them" notions that separate? First, we must abolish the denial systems that prevent many of us grasping our social privileges.

Ferguson, Missouri: Opening Up Old Wounds

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

What is needed is exactly what the Kerner Commission recommended to the country 46 years ago: a comprehensive shift in the priorities of our social spending away from the military-industrial-prison complex and toward widespread development of impoverished parts of America.

Holder Should Finger Presidents for Race Cowardice

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Holder dared to challenge the nation on the taboo R word. Just don't expect much more to come of it.