In 2020, COVID-19 was the leading cause of death for the state’s Black residents, according to a new report from the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. The report, titled “Repairing the Cracks: How New Jersey Can Restore Black & Brown Communities Ravaged by COVID-19 and Systemic Racism,” explores the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on communities of color and how to build a more equitable foundation going forward.
In Newark, where the Black community is nearly 50%, more than 850 people died from COVID-19 between March 2020 and March 2021, exceeding the death tolls of five states during that time. New Jersey’s death rate from COVID-19 is the second highest in the U.S.
“From prioritizing equitable vaccine distribution, to transforming our broken youth justice system, to expanding homeownership, to eliminating barriers to voting, to establishing a Reparations Task Force and more, New Jersey must seize this moment to create true reparative justice,” said Laura Sullivan, director of the institute’s economic justice program.
The report can be found here.