It affects us in many ways. It’s very broad — our lifestyle choices, jobs, our health, the food we eat – it’s all the effects of slavery.
— Mirlande Joseph, Health Care, Boston
It affects everything we do. It’s part of the history of our people. People act like our history started with slavery, like we didn’t exist before.
— Kareem Emenike, Construction, Roxbury
It’s probably cultural. Our family structures aren’t what they should be. And financially, we don’t have as much as other groups do.
— John Pope, Professor, Brookline
I don’t think there’s an effect. Slavery was abolished. There is a class divide in our society.
— James Thompson, Carpenter, Roxbury
I don’t think it affects us at all. The institutionalized way we are in poverty with poor schools and subsidized housing that affects us.
— Isis Phillips-Harady, Student, Roxbury
Black people are being moved out of our community. Things never change. It’s still like it was during slavery.
— Fanilia Jean, Certified Nursing Assistant, Mattapan