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1968 Report On Segregation: 'Grim Prophecy'

1968 Report On Segregation: 'Grim Prophecy'

We were once blunt about the origins of the American ghetto. A national panel of experts — two senators, a mayor and a governor among them — studied the country's segregated cities at the request of the president and concluded that pervasive white racism and official policy were to blame. The National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, better remembered as the "Kerner Commission," published its findings in 1968 in a sweeping and brutally honest document: "What white Americans have never fully understood — but what the Negro can never forget — is that white society is deeply implicated in the ghetto," it concluded. "White...

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