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  • From Baltimore to Boston, a unified cry for justice

    Bay State Banner - 05/06/2015

    In conversations with the Banner this past week, several observers spoke to a larger context for the issues raised by march attendees.

    Gia Barboza, a professor of African American studies and criminal justice at Northeastern University, said it was important to look at the issue holistically.

    “By focusing on an individual, we’re not seeing the whole picture,” she said. “We [as a culture] construct young black men as violent.”

    She also referred to the importance of economic factors in the so-called ‘Boston miracle’ during the late 1990s when street violence declined significantly. “There was an influx of funding and jobs [then],” she said, adding that such investments have since decreased, thereby exacerbating social problems again.

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