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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

Do you think America will ever move beyond racism?

No, I don’t think so. Look at where we are now. We’re still being categorized as inferior. America doesn’t accept blacks. —Meesie Antoine, Retail Supervisor, Cambridge

Why do you think there’s poverty in the United States?

Because of the disparities in opportunities. If opportunity is not presented to you, you don’t have a chance. — Willie Thornton, Retired, Dorchester

How do you think Boston has changed since last year’s marathon bombing?

I think there’s an increased awareness of how to work together among citizens, medical, emergency and police personnel. There’s more of a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood and keeping our community safe. Stephen Hanley, Executive Director, Roxbury

What’s the best way to encourage children to read?

Sit down and be patient with them. Spend more time and pay more attention to them. —Horace Banks, Building Maintenance Technician, Dorchester

Do you think it’s important for blacks to serve in government?

Yes. We need representation. The only people who know about our everyday experience is black people. It’s very important to have a voice in government. — Mark Mitchell, Human Services Advocate, Dorchester