Speak Out: What can be done to improve the state of Black men in Pittsburgh?

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“Corporations and institutions need to stop the prejudice and see Black people for who they are and not their skin color. I think that will give Black males an opportunity to make it, as long as they stop killing off each other and committing genocide.”
The Urban League of Pittsburgh recently issued a gloomy report on the state of Black men in Pittsburgh, so we asked what you felt could be done to improve conditions. Here’s what you said:

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Mark Hoy, Christopher Wood and Marsha Robinson

“Corporations and institutions need to stop the prejudice and see Black people for who they are and not their skin color. I think that will give Black males an opportunity to make it, as long as they stop killing off each other and committing genocide.”
Mark Hoy
Wilkinsburg
Unemployed

“The public school system needs to be improved in order to positively impact the students later in life. Added to that, there are not enough Black men in college. Most jobs need some college and that’s one way to get ahead and to improve the state of Black males in Pittsburgh.”
Christopher Wood
Wilkinsburg
Library Aid

“First, Black males need some education and role models beside basketball and football players. They can look up to the Black men in the community who work in different areas, like sanitation or carpentry, for example.”
Marsha Robinson
Wilkinsburg
Social Worker

“Black men need jobs. The younger Black men need to go to school. They need their education to get us out of the ghetto.”
Theodore Martin
Homewood
Deli Clerk

“They  need a program that allows convicted felons to work their way back into the community and society. It does not need to be easy for them to get Social Security benefits that enable negative patterns of behavior.”
Tracy Clark
Churchill
Entrepreneur

“They have to do what it takes to be men. It will improve the state of Black males everywhere when they take care of themselves, their families and their responsibilities.”
Nichole Johnson
West End
Assembler

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