NJ leaders call for reparations to address effects of slavery

Juneteenth is now a federal and state holiday, but there's more to do according to some state leaders

Juneteenth is now a federal and state holiday, but some New Jersey leaders say more needs to be done. They want the state to pass a bill that’s been introduced to create what they’re calling the New Jersey Reparations Task Force. The team would be in charge of determining what else can be done to fix the lingering effects of slavery.

Gov. Phil Murphy recently announced the creation of the Wealth Disparity Task Force aimed at closing the racial wealth gap in the state. Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver will serve as one of the chairs, but some activists say leaving out the word “reparations” means not properly addressing the effects of slavery.

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