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What do you think distinguishes "The Wire" from other television programs? Clarke Peters (Freamon): Looking back and reflecting on it over the last five years, you realize that to a certain degree we've been actors on a mission, telling a story that's needed to be told for a long time about inner-city America. People look at "The Wire" and they say, "Ooh, it's another black show." I have to say those people are the most ignorant people in the world. There are those that say it constantly depicts black people as being drug addicts and thieves and dysfunctional. If that's what you want to see, you'll see that. Andre Royo (Bubbles): It really shows: "Why do people make these choices? Why do people give up? Why do people keep [expletive] trying to do something against the grain?" Because there are too many things wrong. It's saying, 'Yeah, all the pieces matter.' That was one of my favorite lines of the whole show. Everybody has an involvement and everybody has a purpose in this community, in how it can either rise and flourish or how it can be destroyed. Lance Reddick (Col. Cedric Daniels): I'm actually surprised that people have said to you, Clarke, that "The Wire" shows black people as . . . Sonja Sohn (Det. Shakima "Kima" Greggs): You hear that more from black people than anybody! Royo: The first two seasons, they were, like, "I don't know what your show is about. Why y'all doin' the same thing?" I was, like, "For every black drug dealer, there's a black lieutenant." Reddick: That was what I was going to say. For me, one of the distinguishing characteristics of "The Wire," and why it's so different from anything that's been on television, is the richness of the black community.
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