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What do you think has changed in the two years since Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri?

There hasn’t been much change. Since he died, there’s still been police brutality. — Seth Jackson, Student, Hyde Park

How do you think the 2016 election is affecting the United States?

It’s bringing out a lot of hatred. I’m voting in November. We need to make sure we have a good president. — Virginia Ingraham, Clerk, Dorchester

What do you think of the low (9 percent) turnout in Boston last week for the state primary?

People are getting disillusioned with the candidates they have to choose from. Democracy is dying in this country. — William DeLove, Disabled, Boston

Do you plan on voting in the September 8 state primary?

Maybe. I know it’s important. — Zack, Entrepreneur, Dorchester

Do you think racism has gotten worse in the United States?

I feel like racism has always been the same. Laws changed, but the way people treat people is the same as it was in the 1960s. — Hope, Unemployed, South End

Why do you think police are not punished for killing unarmed blacks?

The police officers take advantage of their badge. The criminal justice system allows them to get away with it. They’re not doing their jobs. — Renie Wright, Cashier, Dorchester

What income do you think one needs to live well in Boston?

At this moment in time it takes more than $80,000. Most people don’t earn that in our community. It requires multiple jobs. — Melissa Colon, Student, Medford

What do you like most about living in Roxbury?

I like the arts and culture here and the sense of community. As an artist, it’s the most supportive place where I’ve ever lived. — Cagen Luse, Artist, Roxbury

Do you think Boston should have a civilian review board to investigate allegations of police misconduct?

Yes. There’s corruption in the police department and we have no say in the way they run the department. — Yaka, Unemployed, Roxbury

What do you think the Democrats have to do to beat Trump?

The Democrats have my vote. They need to take stronger stands on the issues. They’ve started their convention with too much controversy. — Wendy, Personal Care Attendant, Dorchester

What do you think of the police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge?

I don’t think anyone’s life should be taken, but they’ve killed us for years. For some people, this is — Alice Thornton, Unemployed, Boston

What do you think can be done to stop police shootings of blacks?

It’s a big issue. The U.S. system creates what’s going on the streets. It’s the way laws are written. We have to change the system of laws in this nation. — Bishop Felipe Teixeira, Pastor, Brockton

What do you think it will take to end gun violence in the United States?

Police have to get the guns off the streets. I’ve got two nephews who carry guns. They need to take them away. — Top Cat, Unemployed, Boston

What effect do you think Donald Trump’s campaign for president is having on America?

It’s really bad. I see him as being very racist. — Paula Akins, Retired, Roxbury

What do you think are the most significant changes in Boston now?

They’re cleaning things up and making everything brighter. I like the changes. Hopefully more jobs will open up. — Vanessa, Patient Observer, Dorchester

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