Violence in Detroit in 1967 turned into the deadliest case of civil unrest in the United States since the Civil War draft riots in 1963. In response, President Lyndon Baines Johnson established a commission — the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, better known as the Kerner Commission named after its chair Illinois Gov. Otto Kerner. The 11-member commission concluded that the root cause of civil unrest was deep racial inequality across America. Oklahoma Sen. Fred Harris, the last surviving member of the commission, tells Soledad O’Brien, we have not learned from our country’s past.

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