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The upcoming inaguration of America's first black president has many people talking about the issue of race and how important the issue is in today's society.
During his second term, in 1997, Bill Clinton formed a commission to address the problems of race in America. Now, ten years after their report, it's being released as a book by Yale University Press. Titled "One America in the Twenty-first Century," it provides the first comprehensive assessment of racial progress (or lack thereof) since the heyday of the civil rights movement." That's according to Rutgers History professor Steven Lawson - who edited the book for Yale University Press.
But, unlike earlier presidential commissions on race during the Truman and Johnson administrations, this report had relatively little impact in the country. Because, as Lawson puts it, "the reportt focuses on inter-racial dialogue and healing, instead of fundamental problems of continued racial injustice."
Today on Where We Live, we'll look at the impact of the commission's work ten years later - and we'll hold the sort of dialogue on race the report calls for. We’d like you to join the conversation. How does race affect your daily life—or does it? How much should race inform our national conversation? Are we entering a post-racial society?
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