It would increase gambling and, I think, it would lead to more family problems and take away people’s incomes. Emoro Efetie, Teacher, Roxbury
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
Because of the disparities in opportunities. If opportunity is not presented to you, you don’t have a chance. — Willie Thornton, Retired, Dorchester
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
Sit down and be patient with them. Spend more time and pay more attention to them. —Horace Banks, Building Maintenance Technician, Dorchester
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
All kinds of ways. I have missed a lot of opportunities to get ahead. — Bernard Washington, Retired, Roxbury
I think black teens are just profiled more than white kids are. It has a lot to do with the politics of our community.
Sometimes I think it’s best to respond. Sometimes it’s best to ignore it. But any chance you have to rectify it, you should.
Better vendors and more appealing exteriors. It should have more of a village feel and be more welcoming to shoppers.
To do well in school. Some kids would rather smoke weed than go to school. — Carlos Diaz, Student, East Boston
There’s no room for harassment. The players have to work together. They should share meals and have family get-togethers.
We as American people have got to get it right. We’ve stopped innovating in aerospace and fallen behind in education. — Glenn Lee, Retired, Charlestown
Get a job and stay focused on your job. You have to pray and get up every day and go to work.