Carolyn B. Maloney

Overcoming Baltimore's issues

Overcoming Baltimore's issues

The recent events in Baltimore are all too familiar to those of us who lived through the late 1960s, when riots broke out in major U.S. cities. President Lyndon Johnson appointed the Kerner Commission in 1967 to investigate the conditions that led to those events. When the commission's report was released in the next year it concluded that "our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal."

For large segments of the African American population, not nearly enough has changed. For them, the American Dream remains on hold.

Recently, the Democratic members of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, working in partnership with the...