3 thoughts on “Reparations group plans to document racial injustice”

  1. Thanks so much for reporting on the progress of the AHRA. We hope the community will continue (or begin) to follow our work and join in the process of healing and justice for Amherst’s African heritage residents. Stay tuned for the launch of our community survey and educational offerings, as well as opportunities to be directly involved in research and community engagement.

    If you’re interested in viewing the maps of the Black/African American census we conducted with the Donahue Institute you can follow these links:

    2020 ACS & Census Block-Group Level Data

    Census 2020 Block Level Data

    Here are some interesting findings from the census:
    • According to the latest 2020 Decennial Census redistricting data, Amherst had a total population of 39,263.
    • 3,450 residents (9%) identified as Black of African-American alone (2,382) or in combination with another race.
    • In Amherst, 16,080 residents (41%) lived in college dormitories.
    • Roughly 1,500 Black of African-American (alone or in combination with another race) residents lived in blocks that were 90% or more residents of college dormitories.

    (Full Memo Here — https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sE0gNhys6PRL9c2FYVKEccjJsAKbcMIM0LU9u62Z_ds/edit?usp=sharing)


  2. Thanks for another informative post! Although not an Amherst resident, I’ve a question. Since the land on which Amherst sits was stolen from the Pocumtuc and Abenaki Native Americans, might their descendants be the first priority for reparations from the town? My town in southern VT is in conversation with Abanaki descendents as to how we might acknowledge our debt to them.


    1. The Town resolution at issue addresses structural racism and Black residents specifically. I don’t know of any inquiry by or on behalf of Native Americans whose ancestors lived in the area.


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