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Roving Camera 10/03/2013

What would it take for Boston to elect a black mayor?

Why is voting important in this mayoral election campaign?

Why is voting important in this mayoral election campaign?

What do you think the government should do to prevent mass shootings from happening?

People have behavioral issues that need to be addressed through counseling. People who need help should get help — especially veterans.

What should be the top priorities of the next mayor?

The top priorities for the next mayor should be job creation and [to] control the development that goes up in the city.

Do you believe fast food workers are underpaid?

Yes, especially considering how fast food companies drive their prices higher along with expensive advertising campaigns. The result of that is with underpaid workers and low-quality food.

How far do you think America has come toward realizing Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream?

We’ve come a long way, but there’s still work to be done. Racism is still alive and well. It’s up to us —black, white, red and brown — to fix it. We need to make our leaders accountable for our ...

Fifty years after the March on Washington, what do you think are the most serious problems facing black people?

Lack of motivation. People don’t try to better themselves. They get stuck in their ways.

What’s the importance of having black and Latino officers on the Boston Police Department?

They have a different point of view. People are more willing to cooperate with officers from their own race. It’s also good for young people to see officers who look like them.

To what extent do you think the U.S. government should be able to conduct surveillance on U.S. citizens?

Only when it’s necessary. They shouldn’t be making up scenarios to justify it.

In the News: Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan

The Boston Foundation recently named two new members to its board of directors. Paul W. Lee, a partner at Goodwin Procter LLP, and Myechia Minter-Jordan, M.D., the president and CEO of the Dimock Center, joined the board effective July 1.

Why do you think so many voters are undecided about which candidate to support for mayor?

Probably because so many politicians make promises they can’t keep, it’s hard for people to figure out which candidates are for real.

Did the Trayvon Martin case change your view of the criminal justice system in this country?

It just reinforced what I already believe. There’s two sets of rules. There’s never a level playing field. Had the roles been reversed and Trayvon had the gun, do you think they would have found him innocent? Of course not.

What are your thoughts on the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case?

Have I slipped through a wormhole into 1952? What’s going on? Since when can a man who is not a police officer have the right to detain anyone, let alone shoot and kill a child?

What are you doing to survive the summer heat?

I have an air conditioner, I’m keeping myself hydrated, I wear a hat, sunscreen, shades and I lessen my activity.

To what extent do you think states will enact voting laws that are fair to blacks?

It all depends on the leaders we have. We have to hold leaders accountable to represent us. Tyree Browne Administrative Assistant Roxbury