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The Kerner Commission at 50

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the report by the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, better known as the Kerner Commission. This blue-ribbon panel was put together by President Johnson after the summer 1967 Detroit riots to analyze what caused such riots and how to prevent them, and it delivered, predictably, liberal claptrap. There are a couple of new books that use the anniversary as a news hook and lots of newspaper articles — some of which I’ve already addressed — so let me offer as a quick antidote this link to a Heritage Foundation panel discussion on the occasion of the report’s 30th anniversary.

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