In NJ, an ambitious plan to study slavery reparations starts on Juneteenth

A social justice organization in New Jersey is observing the Juneteenth holiday by taking on the question of reparations for Black residents of the state.

“The Reparations Council, which is convened by the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, is an effort to study the history of slavery and segregation and its relationship to ongoing evidence of racial disparities and anti-Black racism and a number of inequalities, including the racial wealth gap,” said Khalil Gibran Muhammad, co-chair of the council.

Muhammad is a professor of history, race and public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and a resident of South Orange, New Jersey. Much of his research has focused on racial inequalities and the criminal justice system.

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