Opinion: New York’s Reparations Commission is a Beacon of Hope for all Races

A white New Yorker on how this is an opportunity for the state to reckon with its history and move beyond divisive narratives.

In a transformative move towards healing and unity, New York state’s Reparations Commission emerges as a beacon of hope for all its residents – Black, brown, and white. Across races, backgrounds, and generations, most New Yorkers want to make this a state where all people can live with dignity, freedom and equality. Yet for centuries, a handful of people in power have used anti-Black racism to dehumanize people, divide working people and to consolidate rule for a wealthy, white few. 

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