SOCIAL ISSUES

Former NJ Secretary of State on George Floyd protests

BY Briana Vannozzi, Senior Correspondent |

The unrest following George Floyd’s death didn’t just ignite civil rights activists. People from all walks of life are now getting involved and paying attention to the strained race-relations that have persisted in the country.

In New Jersey, NAACP statistics show black people are more likely to be arrested with use of force and incarcerated than white residents. Former New Jersey Secretary of State DeForest B. Soaries — a long time civil rights activist and the Senior Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset — says the latest incidents touched a nerve in New Jersey.