April 22, 1974
German-born sociologist Herbert Gans from Columbia University, lectured on "Poverty, Inequality, and the Case for More Equality." A senior reseach associate at the Center for Policy Research, Gans wrote on urban issues, communities and the media, as perceived by the working class.
As a consultant to Lyndon Johnson’s 1968 National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (the “Kerner Commission”), Gans drafted Chapter 9, “Comparing the Immigrant and Negro Experience,” the summary of which concluded by observing, “Today, whites tend to exaggerate how well and quickly they escaped from poverty.... By contrast, Negroes began concentrating in the city less than two generations ago, and under much less favorable conditions. Although some Negroes have escaped poverty, few have been able to escape the urban ghetto.” “Summary of Report,” Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders