New Report Finds that Racial Justice Gains Have Stalled or Reversed

A report released in February 2018, the 50th anniversary of the Kerner Commission, found that gains on poverty and racial justice have been stalled or reversed. The report notes that childhood poverty has increased, and upward mobility is more difficult. It found that court rulings and housing patterns have desegregated American schools. Today 20% of black students attend majority white schools; in 1988 that number was 44%. The report also acknowledges that black homeownership gains were eliminated between 2000 and 2015, as the subprime mortgage crisis disproportionately affected black families.