An Ounce of Prevention

Authors

  • Daniel Dustin University of Utah
  • Cary McDonald University of Illinois
  • Brett Wright Clemson University
  • Jack Harper University of Manitoba
  • Gene Lamke San Diego State University
  • James Murphy San Francisco State University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18666/JPRA-2020-10675

Keywords:

Professional purpose, racial injustice, scientific understanding

Abstract

The recent social upheaval in the wake of George Floyd’s death is reminiscent of the country’s turmoil in the late 1960s. In response to that social upheaval, President Lyndon Johnson charged what came to be known as the Kerner Commission with investigating the riots’ causes across 20 major American cities and recommending what could be done to prevent their reoccurrence. Among the most prominently mentioned causes of the riots was “inadequate recreation areas and facilities” in impoverished urban areas (National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, 1968, p. 104). In its recommendations, however, the Kerner Commission largely ignored the importance of recreation areas and facilities. Our commentary discusses why that was the case then, and why that should not be the case now.Subscribe to JPRA

Author Biographies

Daniel Dustin, University of Utah

Professor

Cary McDonald, University of Illinois

Professor Emeritus

Brett Wright, Clemson University

Professor

Jack Harper, University of Manitoba

Associate Dean (retired)

Gene Lamke, San Diego State University

Professor Emeritus

James Murphy, San Francisco State University

Professor Emeritus

Published

2021-08-09

Issue

Section

Commentary