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Black American / Kerner Commission #114148

ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 29, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) 20th anniversary of Kerner Commission report on racism and civil disorder in United States noted; details given of report findings that nation heading toward two separate but unequal societies. Report introduced.

(NYC: Beth Nissen) Current status of black American featured; scenes shown of black American Problems of urban black society reported; scenes shown. [Institution for Policy Studies spokesperson Roger WILKINS - discusses problem of people who have not achieved success.] Historical film of Kerner Commission shown; commission's suggestions noted. [Ex-Kerner Commission member Fred HARRIS - discusses economy shocks.] [University of Chicago William Julius WILSON - explains blacks' dependence on industry jobs.] Empl. statistics for blacks given. Problems of inner city described; scenes shown of homeless. Impact of current "quiet riots" on inner city detailed. Need for government programs to handle problem outlined.

Jennings, Peter;
Nissen, Beth

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