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Herb Hudson, on the left, said that if he’s elected to the statewide presidency of the NAACP, he’ll advocate for state troopers to fill the streets. Wayne Greer, in the green shirt behind him, said the city should pass a “Mama’s Law,” empowering the police to pick up, though not arrest, problem children before they commit crimes. These were among the suggestions made at a conclave to address a fratricidal crisis of violence, and perhaps the introduction outside gangs, among young African-Americans in New Haven. But the real explanation just may lie in the power and mystery of gender.

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