The Uncomfortable Truth About Structural Racism in NJ

The Uncomfortable Truth Makes Recommendations for How to End Structural Racism in our State

On September 19, 2017, the Anti-Poverty Network (APN) of New Jersey released The Uncomfortable Truth: Racism, Injustice and Poverty in NJ.

The Uncomfortable Truth is groundbreaking, timely, and bold new research report that looks at the ways that structural racism perpetuates poverty in New Jersey.

The report makes recommendations for how New Jersey can move toward the end of structural racism. The report is the culmination of a multi-year collective process with policy experts and advocates from across New Jersey.

In the coming year, APN will be hosting forums to discuss the policy issues and recommendations contained in the report. The goal of these forums and discussions is to move toward the end of structural racism in our state.

Structural racism, compounded by the implicit and explicit racism that shapes New Jersey’s culture and institutions, is both a primary cause of poverty in New Jersey and a barrier to implementing solutions.

The racism and racially skewed policies that weave through the nation’s and New Jersey’s history require comprehensive responses, in addition to policy changes targeted to specific institutions.

Key changes on the state level can provide the impetus and tools to change entrenched patterns of racial and ethnic disparity.

APN shares this summary of policy recommendations:

  1. Make addressing structural racism an explicit public priority
  2. Require racial impact statements for all state legislation and rule-making with potential disparate impacts
  3. Require data collection and dissemination by race/ethnicity and socio-economic status
  4. Reinstitute the Public Advocate
  5. Strengthen the Division of Civil Rights

On Friday, October 27, 2017, APN is hosting Dismantling Poverty: Media, Messaging, and Mobilization, its Annual Poverty Summit. Monarch Housing is a sponsor of the event and encourages our partners and friends to attend.

The Summit will be held on the Rutgers Campus in New Brunswick.

The Summit is an opportunity for partners and APN members from around the state to gather, learn and strategize about solutions to ameliorate and end poverty.

APN expects approximately 250 participants representing direct service organizations, advocacy groups, faith communities, labor and government partners, academics, and individuals with lived experience of poverty to attend this year’s Summit.

The Uncomfortable Truth Full Report

Uncomfortable Truth Policy Recommendations

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