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Many black communities suffering as much now as in Civil Rights era

Jul 8, 2016

This week, violence and race have hit us in a way many of us have never seen.

Violence and race, though, are not new. The Detroit Journalism Cooperative has been looking at the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Some of the core issues then are some of the issues we're still struggling with today.

You've got to understand the history to really understand what's happened this week.

One of the experts we've talked to over the past several months is Joe T. Darden. He researches urban social geography, residential segregation, immigration and socioeconomic neighborhood inequality in multi-racial societies. 

Today, Stateside’s Lester Graham asked him about the 1968 Kerner Report, which was issued by a presidential commission.

President Lyndon Johnson asked the commission to determine why there had been so many racial uprisings and riots in 1967. It looked at grievances of black America and suggested remedies which went far beyond the Great Society programs Johnson launched.

The report was largely ignored. Darden said that’s evident today.

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