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When the findings of the Johnson Administration’s Commission On Crime In America was released in 1967, it didn’t come as much surprise to most people. In 1967, America was becoming an increasingly violent country. With a dramatic rise in Urban violence, the anti-War protests, the Civil Rights struggle, the uptick in hate groups, riots that had taken over most major cities, leading to the popularity of the phrase “long, hot Summer” as something everyone could look forward to, with a sense of dread, every year.
Bear in mind, this was 1967 – the murders of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy hadn’t happened yet. Kent State hadn’t happened yet. The Chicago Convention of 1968 hadn’t happened yet. This was all still to come.
So in 1967, news of this revolution in American thinking on crime was probably more of a harbinger of things to come, rather than a stunning indictment on American society that had taken a wrong moral turn someplace.
But it was still good for a lot of hand-wringing and soul-searching. And members of the Commission went on the Sunday News Interview circuit to explain the findings and the possible outcomes.
This edition of Meet The Press, from February 19, 1967 focused on the Commission Report – it’s a 30 minute extended excerpt of an original 90 minute special program devoted to the issue.
In comparison, the issues we face in 2013 make the concerns of 1967 pale by comparison. The death and destruction however, remain the same. Death, destruction and loss of faith are timeless.
- Racist Hate Group To Conduct Nighttime Patrols On College Campus (thinkprogress.org)