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Young men, step up the Obama's challenge (New initiative for boys of color, "My Brother's Keeper")
The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | March 2, 2014 | Solomon Jones

Posted on 03/01/2014 4:18:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

ON THURSDAY afternoon, two couples sat stoically in a White House audience filled with those working to change the lives of black and Latino boys. That the parents of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, two boys whose shooting deaths outraged a nation, could reach through their grief to take in President Obama's vision for saving other sons speaks to their resilience. More importantly, it speaks volumes to all of us.

It speaks to the fact that Obama's new initiative for boys of color, "My Brother's Keeper," will require much more than the $200 million-plus foundations will spend to effect change. It speaks to the fact that we must commit to something much deeper than money.

We need commitment by parents to be present in the lives of their children. We need commitment by the media to cover images that move beyond stereotypes. We need commitment by our political representatives to set aside their ideological banners and pick up the mantle of leadership. Most of all, we need commitment from boys of color to live up to the standard of excellence, rather than living down to the code of the streets.

We all share the blame for the quandary facing boys of color, because most of us have watched silently as the statistics have piled up against them. Consider this: One of two black boys and one of four Latino boys grows up fatherless, which makes them far more likely to be poor. Boys of color are more likely than their white counterparts to be suspended or expelled from school. This leads to higher dropout rates, which leads to higher incarceration rates, and ultimately leads to an adulthood in which they are less likely to participate in the workforce.

"We've become numb to these statistics," Obama said...

(Excerpt) Read more at philly.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blacks; obama; trayvon; zimmerman

1 posted on 03/01/2014 4:18:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Please tell me this will be headed by someone named Caine.


2 posted on 03/01/2014 4:21:02 PM PST by Psalm 144 (1. Sow. 2. Reap. 3. Eat the result.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
WHITE BOYS NEED NOT APPLY!!

Don't we live in a wonderful country?

3 posted on 03/01/2014 4:21:36 PM PST by laweeks
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Parents like those of Trayvon Martin are exactly the last kind of examples one wants to display to the public as ideal.


4 posted on 03/01/2014 4:23:31 PM PST by imardmd1 (Fiat Lux)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"...One of two black boys and one of four Latino boys grows up fatherless..."

Obama is a serial liar, as are most of his devoted followers, but perhaps I missed something. Last I heard, the percentage of black children who grow up without a father in the household was FAR higher than 50%. And hispanic children are twice as high?

It could be me, but those statistics sound completely wrong. I know liberals make this stuff up at the drop of a hat, but perhaps I misunderstand something here.

5 posted on 03/01/2014 4:24:42 PM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

White boys, step up to the challenge.


6 posted on 03/01/2014 4:24:42 PM PST by skeeter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"We need commitment by parents to be present in the lives of their children. "

Tell that to Trayvon's parents who were present in absentia most of the time.

7 posted on 03/01/2014 4:25:02 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What did God answer when Cain glibly asked, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Hint: It wasn’t, “yes, you are your brother’s keeper”.

It’s odd that a people so still so sensitive on the issue of their past slavery would proclaim themselves the “keeper” of another.


8 posted on 03/01/2014 4:25:59 PM PST by oblomov
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

the death of Trayvon enraged the nation somehow? Really?

His death enraged the liberals. But issues which stir up the liberals don’t necessarily outrage the rest of us.


9 posted on 03/01/2014 4:26:13 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego (t)
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To: laweeks

No but the white tax payers money will be used to pay for some it.
Taxation without Representation


10 posted on 03/01/2014 4:26:40 PM PST by funfan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Challenge?

$200M cash for black guys is a challenge?


11 posted on 03/01/2014 4:30:39 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"We've become numb to these statistics," Obama said

And yet he does everything he can to addict more and more people to the government teat which is responsible for much of this mess.

What a lame-ass!

12 posted on 03/01/2014 4:31:37 PM PST by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: GeronL
It'll be $20 billion, administered by the Chicago crowd, before you know it. And if it's anything like my experience with the JTPA in the 80’s, it'll be a money sieve to Democrat officeholders.
13 posted on 03/01/2014 4:32:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bump


14 posted on 03/01/2014 4:36:21 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We need commitment by the media to cover images that move beyond stereotypes.

He's talking about the media's reporting about the Tea Party, right? Right?

15 posted on 03/01/2014 4:37:17 PM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s dog-whistling the Trayvons to play the knockout game!


16 posted on 03/01/2014 4:45:37 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

White People have color too... Duuugh


18 posted on 03/01/2014 4:52:36 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: satan

forget tickets, book cruise ships....

use tankers....

:p


19 posted on 03/01/2014 4:52:57 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There’s only a need to have a keeper for animals in a zoo or inmates in a prison. Which of these two does Obama consider black and Latino boys to be?


20 posted on 03/01/2014 4:54:19 PM PST by Bob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

In a move to also appease the LGBT crowd, Obama will starting a similar program called “My Brother’s Keester”


21 posted on 03/01/2014 5:01:46 PM PST by Mopp4
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To: rlmorel

One in four is NOT twice as high as one in two.


22 posted on 03/01/2014 5:04:10 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Mopp4

LOL!


23 posted on 03/01/2014 5:04:40 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: Bob
well there is that Other angle...


24 posted on 03/01/2014 5:10:08 PM PST by MeshugeMikey (how many times has obie fundamentaly transformed obamacare now?)
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Less than $4.3k to go!!

25 posted on 03/01/2014 5:11:00 PM PST by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"My Brother's Keeper"

Perfect name for a Socialist piece of crap like this.

"My Fellow Bruthas Suckin at the Government Teat" would be a much more practical name.

As long as this is funded by leftist foundations, I could care less. Since this is about as racist as one can get, NO taxpayer dollars should be used.

26 posted on 03/01/2014 5:14:56 PM PST by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: oblomov

Are they not aware that he murdered his brother?

This is surrealistic.


27 posted on 03/01/2014 5:15:02 PM PST by Salamander (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: upchuck

Do you really think it won’t be long before this is government funded to the tune of multiple billions of dollars?


28 posted on 03/01/2014 5:16:41 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: imardmd1

Pastor James David Manning would be an excellent man to head this effort.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1sJDhJ-6iE


29 posted on 03/01/2014 5:30:28 PM PST by plangent
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To: plangent

You betcha!
Calling Pastor Manning


30 posted on 03/01/2014 5:33:00 PM PST by SisterK (behold a pale horse)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We need commitment by the media to cover images that move beyond stereotypes.

The media's been lying for the black community for years. The MSM has covered so completely that we know a crime has been committed by a black person BECAUSE any mention of race will be missing...

Solomon Jones should be making a plea that everyone - blacks, whites, the press etc. should START TELLING the TRUTH. That's the 'start' that could help solve the black communities problems.

31 posted on 03/01/2014 6:21:27 PM PST by GOPJ (I saw a movie where only the police and military had guns. It was called Schindler's List.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Consider this: One of two black boys and one of four Latino boys grows up fatherless, which makes them far more likely to be poor.

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Well, then, someone needs to head up an initiative aimed at the girls. This program could tell them what their mothers have apparently failed to convey, i.e., that a woman should not sleep with a man to whom she is not married. Pretty sure such a program, if successful would bring the percentage of illegitimate births pretty dang close to zero.


32 posted on 03/01/2014 6:39:02 PM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: Bigg Red

...program, if successful = program, if successful,


33 posted on 03/01/2014 6:43:46 PM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It probably will be. I’d like to see a court challenge based on race.


34 posted on 03/01/2014 8:01:17 PM PST by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Keepin’ your bro’ up with a steady supply of EBT supplied purple drank between Knockout rounds. Mo’ bettah than joblock.


35 posted on 03/01/2014 8:07:33 PM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Of course it isn’t...I was paying more attention to the message than the math.


36 posted on 03/02/2014 6:39:01 AM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"We've become numb to these statistics," Obama said...

Maybe those in the race hustling business have, but we conservatives have been warning about it for years, and have been called 'racists' for doing so.

37 posted on 03/02/2014 4:49:50 PM PST by SuziQ
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