OT- Of interest 50 yrs later

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A scholarly look at the Kerner Commision report and background behind the race riots of 1960s.

Its interesting to see how much, and how little things have changed.

No "racist" content

Gunner

"Pax Americana is a philosophy. Hardly an empire. Making sure other people play nice and dont kill each other (and us) off in job lots is hardly empire building, particularly when you give them self determination under "play nice" rules.

Think of it as having your older brother knock the shit out of you for torturing the cat." Gunner

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Gunner Asch
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F. George McDuffee

No idea. Is it germane?

Gunner

"Pax Americana is a philosophy. Hardly an empire. Making sure other people play nice and dont kill each other (and us) off in job lots is hardly empire building, particularly when you give them self determination under "play nice" rules.

Think of it as having your older brother knock the shit out of you for torturing the cat." Gunner

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Gunner Asch

Kerner was a Democrat, a lawyer (and member of the American Bar Association), an Illinois politician (the Governor of Illinois, no less), and a delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois. Is it any wonder that Kerner was found guilty in 1973 on 17 counts of bribery, conspiracy, perjury, and related charges. He was just living up to the standards of his profession and political party.

And, yes, this is germane to the credibility of the Kerner Commission Report in as much as the report is, in essence, a Liberal regurgitation of the Communist Manifesto. From the Heritage Foundation article:

"The [Kerner Commission] report also concludes that a massive redistribution of income had to take place to remedy this problem [of racial discord and urban unrest]. It also suggests the addition of 1 million government-created jobs, the institution of a higher minimum wage, significantly increasing welfare benefits, spending more money on education and housing, and so on."

Does that make the connection between Kerner's corruption and the commission report a little clearer?

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DeepDiver

They let him out of prison because he had cancer. I don't think he had time for this massive document in this time left. One would think - or maybe he had another fix in the operation working for him...

Martin Martin Eastburn @ home at Lions' Lair with our computer lionslair at consolidated dot net NRA LOH, NRA Life NRA Second Amendment Task Force Charter Founder

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Martin H. Eastburn

Of course. And you will note that the cite I provided gave copious space to the failure of the Commission report.

Gunner

"Pax Americana is a philosophy. Hardly an empire. Making sure other people play nice and dont kill each other (and us) off in job lots is hardly empire building, particularly when you give them self determination under "play nice" rules.

Think of it as having your older brother knock the shit out of you for torturing the cat." Gunner

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Gunner Asch

In a contra positive way, and one that was never intended by the commission, the Kerner report was proven correct.

The massive redistribution of real income in America over the last generation has resulted in a significant change in social stability. Unfortunately, that massive redistribution of income was from the pockets of the people actually doing any useful work, and into the bank accounts of the few with an angle to work or a corner to cut. The resulting significant changes in social stability have not favorable.

Ginning up massive federal programs seems to be counter productive, but Johnson's "war on poverty" did appear to reduce the fraction of Americans living in poverty, although this could have been a statistical anomaly or "cooked" data.

I don't know what the answer is, but the status quo and "business as usual" is not it. New Orleans was a preview and a warning of what occurs with a large and growing permanent underclass in large urban areas.

FWIW - Kerner was a rabid advocate of gun control. A review of the history of US gun control advocates from Sullivan [NYC] forward indicates that a disproportionate number have been convicted of felonies and have done time. Many more should have been. When your main source of your income is theft from the public, I can understand why you might be a advocate for the abolition of guns in the hands of the citizens.

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F. George McDuffee

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