No progress seen for African-Americans on housing, jobs, and incarceration

No progress seen for African-Americans on housing, jobs, and incarceration, Tracy Jan, The Boston Globe, February 26, 2018, available here

Convened to examine the causes of civil unrest in black communities, the presidential commission issued a 1968 report with a stark conclusion: America was moving towards two societies, ‘‘one black, one white — separate and unequal.’’

Fifty years after the Kerner Commission identified ‘‘white racism’’ as the key cause of ‘‘pervasive discrimination in employment, education, and housing,’’ there has been no progress in how African-Americans fare in comparison to whites when it comes to housing, jobs, and incarceration, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute released Monday.

In some cases, African-Americans are worse off today than they were before the civil rights movement culminated in laws barring housing and voter discrimination as well as racial segregation.

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