Skip to comments.Young men, step up the Obama's challenge (New initiative for boys of color, "My Brother's Keeper")
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...
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Please tell me this will be headed by someone named Caine.
Don't we live in a wonderful country?
Parents like those of Trayvon Martin are exactly the last kind of examples one wants to display to the public as ideal.
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.
White boys, step up to the challenge.
Tell that to Trayvon's parents who were present in absentia most of the time.
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.
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.
No but the white tax payers money will be used to pay for some it.
Taxation without Representation
$200M cash for black guys is a challenge?
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!
He's talking about the media's reporting about the Tea Party, right? Right?
He’s dog-whistling the Trayvons to play the knockout game!
White People have color too... Duuugh
forget tickets, book cruise ships....
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?