After becoming the second town in the nation to announce a fund dedicated to reparation, the Town of Amherst’s reparations assembly released its final report at the end of September. It includes findings about past and current racial disparities and plans for allocating the $2 million fund.
A researcher hired by the college to examine Amherst’s racial history and economic ties to slavery up to and through the 1860s, Mike Jirik, outlined highlights of his findings thus far at the regular meeting of The Association of Amherst Students (AAS) on Feb. 27.
Last Wednesday, March 10, the Associated Press (AP) published an article [https://apnews.com/article/race-and-ethnicity-massachusetts-c54f6419bf59017ab28956d35981a55e] following the recent push for reparations in the town of Amherst. The article draws heavily on a recent interview with former Sociology Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass) Edwin Driver, the first