The men began debating what could be the cause of so much violence. [One] argued generations of blacks being exploited could be attributed to what is going on in some Chicago communities.
I think the writer might want that 2nd sentence back, or does she realize she said what happened long ago for a long time is the result of what’s happening now?
Another “argued for more economic and educational opportunities.”
“We need jobs, jobs, jobs,” he said. “We can’t see the American Dream. We need some way to make an economic breakthrough.”
This fellow makes a bit more sense, to be sure, and it’s good in any case that the reporter caught this bit of byplay in a beleaguered neighborhood.