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What do you think should be done to improve police relations with the community?

Everybody should be more responsible for their actions — police and community residents need to be more respectful and more responsible. — Yusuf Ali, Counselor, Dorchester

To what extent do you think racial profiling is an issue in Boston?

On a scale of one to ten, I’d say about a six. Students talk to me all the time about getting stopped and searched. — Nate Smith, Teacher, Roslindale

What do you think should be the U.S. response to the Islamic State’s military aggression?

We’ve already got involved. There has to be some type of transition to local militaries. — Darren Howell, Community Organizer, Mattapan

Why do you think voter turnout is low among blacks?

Because they think the people they vote for can’t win. — Maxine Fleming, Clerk, Brockton

What do you think is the importance of having integrated schools?

I think integration and diversity are good things. And the schools should have equal resources. We want our kids to excel and we have to give them the resources they need. — Thomas Flynt, Retired Court Officer, Roxbury

Why do you think wages are so low in the United States?

Because workers accept it. If they would stand up, they could change things. — James Young, Retired, Roxbury

What do you think blacks should do to curtail police abuse?

We need an open dialogue with the police in our community, and we need to respect ourselves. The tone for our community today should be unity and love of self. — C1 Clifton Brathwaite, Political Consultant, Hyde Park

Are you planning on voting in the September 9 primary?

Yes. It’s imperative that we put people in office who will benefit our community. — Delmariato Grice, Construction, Roxbury

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

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