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Police need better training

It’s an age-old problem. We need to build better race relations. We need to get police officers to learn how to work with black people. — Anthony Brewer, State Employee, Roxbury

Do you think marijuana possession should be a criminal offense?

No. I think some people need marijuana for health. There are a lot of others things that should be a priority for law enforcement. — SH, Grandparent, Roxbury

Are you planning to vote in the September 9 state primary?

Of course. I think it’s important that all people of color vote so we can have a voice in what is going on in the state. Without the vote, our voice will be silent. Your level of income does not ...

Why do you think income inequality exists?

For working class people, employers don’t want to pay you what your job is worth. You can’t live off the wages they pay. It’s greed. The less they pay, the more they make. — Anthony Raines, Baggage Agent, Roxbury

Why do you think the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world?

Lack of education and employment opportunities. People are frustrated and they commit crimes. — Doreen Warfield, Customer Service, Roxbury

What do you think should be the top priority for the next governor of Massachusetts?

Getting these young people jobs. Somebody needs to help them. —Lenny Mitchell, Retired, Dorchester

Why do you think poverty still exists in the United States?

It’s been going on for years. It’s a question that’s never been answered. —Alicia Reeves-Cobb, Retired, Dorchester

How significant is the black vote in Massachusetts?

I think we have more power than we utilize. Our voting percentages are going up, but we don’t use the vote enough to effect the real power that we have. —Anthony Barnes, Accounts Payable Specialist, Dorchester

How do you think the United States should respond to the current crisis in Iraq?

I think they should send back all the troops. They should help Iraq get stabilized. —Leon Hussey, Construction, Dorchester

Why do you think blacks are incarcerated at a higher rate than whites?

It’s always been an issue in the United States. It’s not the crimes they commit, it’s their color. The white boy can commit the same crime, but they won’t do time. They hate us, but they don’t know why. —Oliver ...

What do you think black boys need to succeed in the United States?

They need role models, teachers who are willing to do a little extra and parents who pay more attention. —Michael Reid, Reprographics, Roxbury

Do you think African Americans will ever receive reparations from the U.S. government?

I have serious doubts that we will, although I feel very strongly that they should do the right thing and provide reparations. —Mimi Jones, Education Consultant, Roxbury

Why do you think there are so many shootings in the United States?

People just don’t have patience, and you can get a weapon easily. Guns are accessible and people are angry. —Brandon G.G., PCA Skills Trainer, Roxbury

Are you paying attention to the race for the governor’s office?

Absolutely. I’m fearful of low turnout. There’s no person of color in the election, and people don’t know who the candidates are. I’ll be working double-time to turn people out. —Cheryl Crawford, Executive Director, Roxbury

What do you think would be the effect of a casino on the Greater Boston area?

It would increase gambling and, I think, it would lead to more family problems and take away people’s incomes. Emoro Efetie, Teacher, Roxbury

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