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Economics and education. We don’t have enough jobs for young people. They have no choice but the break the law to make money. —Aaron Shabers Jr.,Retired, Roxbury
Everybody is suspicious of blacks. And we don’t support each other. All races stick together, but blacks don’t. —Charlie Dunn, Retired, Dorchester
Lack of education and lack of money. If we had better education and more money, we could hire better lawyers to defend ourselves. —James Marshall, Social Worker, Roxbury
I think it’s genocide. If they wanted to stop this, they could, but it’s a billion dollar enterprise. —George Daniels, Housekeeper, Roslindale
I think it’s because whites get off easier. Whites are always treated different. They can get away with things black people can’t. —Lisa Prioleau, Home Health Aide, Dorchester
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 Cooper, Retired, Roxbury
Why do you think blacks are incarcerated at a higher rate than whites?