The Kerner Commission and Report. The more things change the more they stay the same.

The current commission was created by President Lyndon B. Johnson and response to several riots that broke out in major cities across the US in 1967. It was created to help determine the factors that lead to the riots as well as hope to prevent so much blood shed in the future. The commission was chaired by Otto Kerner and was formed July 28th, 1967. Almost six months later, February 29th, 1968, the commission’s findings were harshly critical of the white majorities opinion that was prevalent at the time. The report was also very critical of the media for propetuating white views and white superiority. The commission also gave several recommendations for preventing incidents in the future. However, President Johnson rejected the report and findings, feeling he already did enough for the black civil rights movement with the passage of the voting rights act in 1965. 46 years later in 2014, the white majority opinion is still prevalent in the media. Although we have our nations first black president in history, there is an argument to be made that he has accountered the harshest criticism to any president that came before him. It is documented fact that President Obama has had the least productive Congress in the history of the Institution. The Huffington Post reports that “The 113th Congress has only passed 55 bills, seven fewer then any Congress in history.” Even though President Johnson passed the voting rights act in 1965, the Supreme Court effectively gutted the voting rights act when it took out the section for pre-clearance for changes made to elections in the Summer of 2013. So the more things change, the more things stay the same.

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