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State of Black New York: Racial inequities in social justice and civic engagement

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — All this month, we’ve been shining a light on the details of a report on equity and race in New York City.

The New York Urban League’s “State of Black New York” raises significant questions on issues like the economy, technology and as our Marla Diamond reports, social justice.

The year 2020 was one of impassioned activism for racial justice as protesters took to the streets and occupied City Hall Park following the police custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

According to the New York Urban League’s report , Blacks are still over-represented in prisons due to decades of over policing and racial bias, with Black youths making up 63% of the jail population.

Bail reform was one bright spot in a difficult year, said Jullian Harris-Calvin, director of the Greater Justice New York at the Vera Institute of Justice.

“I don’t know that we ever expected that bail reform is going to fix all of the racial injustices,” Harris-Calvin said. “It has been successful in many ways, but it has not fixed all of the problems […]

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