Mic reports:

But as Scott Novakowski outlined in a recent report by the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, the racism of many state disenfranchisement laws contain racist engineering. In Mississippi, the infractions that result in a loss of voting rights were carefully chosen to target black criminals instead of white criminals — those convicted of theft lose their voting rights, those convicted of murder still go to the ballot box.

“When we think of slavery, when we think of disenfranchisement, we think of the South,” said Cunningham, who has yet to speak to New Jersey’s new Governor Phil Murphy about the subject, told Mic at her office in Jersey City. “But we also need to look at ourselves.”