Forty years ago, the Kerner Commission said the causes of race riots in 150 American cities were unemployment, poverty and discrimination against black Americans. The news media contributed because they “reflected the biases, paternalism and indifference of white America.” News outlets responded-examining their content, hiring and promotion practices, seeking to become more representative of society.
Fred Harris, a member of the original Kerner Commission, discusses what transpired then, and what has changed since then.
Please join us
Tuesday, November 18
12 Noon to 1:30 p.m.
The University of Texas at Austin
Light refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by the UT School of Journalism, with a grant from the Carnegie Foundation, the Center for Mexican American Studies CMAS, the Division for Diversity and Community Engagement and the College of Communication Latino Media Studies Program.