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    Re: Obama Launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ to Help young Minority Men.....

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    President Barack Obama will announce a $200 million commitment from nine foundations on Thursday afternoon to bolster the lives of young men and boys of color.

    The funding is part of a larger initiative from the White House to bring private businesses, nonprofits and local governments together to intervene in key moments in the lives of young black and Hispanic men to ensure they stay in school and eventually train for and get good jobs.

    As Yahoo News first reported, the cause will be a major focus of Obama’s — and the first lady’s — even after he leaves office. "It’s something that's deeply personal to the president and first lady,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to the president and the Obamas’ closest friend from Chicago. “I’m sure their commitment to this initiative will be a lifelong commitment. This is not something they simply want to do while he’s in office — it will continue.”

    The president personally ordered his senior staff to come up with this new “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative in the wake of the shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin two years ago. Obama — who was criticized by civil rights leaders for avoiding race-based initiatives and conversations while in office — was deeply moved by Martin’s death, and he tasked his staff with creating a holistic, research-based approach to helping young minority boys succeed and avoid violence.

    The president will create a new interagency My Brother’s Keeper Task Force headed by Broderick Johnson, the Cabinet secretary and assistant to the president. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Attorney General Eric Holder, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and other senior officials will be personally involved in “My Brother’s Keeper,” according to Jarrett.

    Young black men persistently lag behind other groups in high school graduation rates and employment, and, as White House officials point out, they are six times more likely than their white peers to be murdered.

    "My Brother's Keeper" is one part of Obama's larger plan to tackle issues facing the African-American community in his second term, the president told civil rights leaders in a meeting last week. Obama will also push Congress to restore the part of the Voting Rights Act struck down by the Supreme Court last term and to pass a law banning racial profiling by law enforcement. The Justice Department is also pushing through criminal justice reforms without Congress' help, such as urging prosecutors not to use mandatory minimums against nonviolent drug offenders and encouraging prisoners sentenced under old, racially discriminatory crack laws to apply for a new clemency program.

    “He’s committed to being more aggressive,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who was in the meeting.....snip~

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    So what are your thoughts with this? Says to help minority men of color......as you can see Obama is looking to garner the vote for the Democrats. Thru this means here. Not much is highlighted about Hispanics and Latins. Nor does it say much about any other minorities.

    This was a Chicago Program.....that Bloomberg copied off Emanuel and the city here. Emanuel was out all this morning touting how happy that Obama extended this to National Program. Yes 200 mil and Jarrett conforms they will get more. Now what do you think takes place for all those they do for?

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    "Men of color" is code for "anyone whose ancestors didn't come from Europe", and includes Native Americans, Asians, and Hispanics in the same somewhat diverse group.

    As long as it is, as advertised, privately funded, I have no objection to it. If my money is to be used, then it needs to include poor whites as well.
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    Re: Obama Launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ to Help young Minority Men.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    On the other hand conservatives are always complaining about the cycle of non-participating fathers in the minority communities, then complain and bitch when someone tries to do something about it. I could understand if you came in and discussed the program not being a good idea, but you're not doing that, you're just doing your usual government bashing.

    Now I don't think the program will be very good, in that it seems many of the existing youth programs started whether started by politicians or private entities have proven to be very useful, and instead seem to end up being part of the problem. Even the well intended community service does more to expose trouble children to comrades than to dissuade further criminality.

    I should finish by assuring everyone, I have no good ideas as to a solution. I fear that so long as corruption is the basis of humanity, which seems to be true regardless of good intent all our entities seem to have some level of corruption from corporations to unions to government to churches to ...., there is no solution to many of our problems, this being one of them.
    I wouldn't disagree, except that what we generally witness is a continued effort to simply throw money at such problems. Unfortunately, money will not help the problem without a much larger helping of hard work. It's hard work to motivate the depressed and dispossessed and no amount of money will replace the personal effort required both by those offering assistance and those receiving it. After all the years of the war on poverty we should know that funds legislated, money raised, and money spent does not equal the desired outcome. It never will.

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    Re: Obama Launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ to Help young Minority Men.....

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    So? The solution to what conservatives are complaining about isn't to create a government racial exclusionary program. Conservatives complain about the same issues with all poor, inner city youth - color is not the driving factor, it's environmental. This is wrong, and frankly racist.
    Regardless of government, it shouldn't be a racially exclusionary program. See that's where we agree. Honestly, it's not the "government" part that's the problem, right? If there is a successful program, then I don't care who runs it, right? You care obviously more about who's running it than that it's racially exclusionary. I think that's backward.

    And either way, private or government, these programs seem to fail to work. Without some semblance of true opportunity equality, all these programs do is slap pinkie bandages on gaping wounds.
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    Re: Obama Launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ to Help young Minority Men.....

    There isn't an amount of money that can possibly address a man's innate lack of concern for taking responsibility for his own children.

    What, are we going to bribe them?

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    Re: Obama Launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ to Help young Minority Men.....

    I really do not worry about what people do with their private money - I believe our society should be FREE enough for them to do whatever they want to benefit whom ever they want. What does make me sad, it bothers me a very small amount, is that if G.W.Bush was to launch a foundation / trust / organization for the advancement of economically challenged white boys from Houston or Dallas he'd be labeled a racist bigot and in fact someone would likely file a law suit demanding they include people of minority races and women. Like I said - I have no trouble with sorority charity groups, NAACP, and others who want to promote an agenda and a group of people, but try to form one for white men and see what happens.


    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    President Barack Obama will announce a $200 million commitment from nine foundations on Thursday afternoon to bolster the lives of young men and boys of color.

    The funding is part of a larger initiative from the White House to bring private businesses, nonprofits and local governments together to intervene in key moments in the lives of young black and Hispanic men to ensure they stay in school and eventually train for and get good jobs.

    As Yahoo News first reported, the cause will be a major focus of Obama’s — and the first lady’s — even after he leaves office. "It’s something that's deeply personal to the president and first lady,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to the president and the Obamas’ closest friend from Chicago. “I’m sure their commitment to this initiative will be a lifelong commitment. This is not something they simply want to do while he’s in office — it will continue.”

    The president personally ordered his senior staff to come up with this new “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative in the wake of the shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin two years ago. Obama — who was criticized by civil rights leaders for avoiding race-based initiatives and conversations while in office — was deeply moved by Martin’s death, and he tasked his staff with creating a holistic, research-based approach to helping young minority boys succeed and avoid violence.

    The president will create a new interagency My Brother’s Keeper Task Force headed by Broderick Johnson, the Cabinet secretary and assistant to the president. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Attorney General Eric Holder, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and other senior officials will be personally involved in “My Brother’s Keeper,” according to Jarrett.

    Young black men persistently lag behind other groups in high school graduation rates and employment, and, as White House officials point out, they are six times more likely than their white peers to be murdered.

    "My Brother's Keeper" is one part of Obama's larger plan to tackle issues facing the African-American community in his second term, the president told civil rights leaders in a meeting last week. Obama will also push Congress to restore the part of the Voting Rights Act struck down by the Supreme Court last term and to pass a law banning racial profiling by law enforcement. The Justice Department is also pushing through criminal justice reforms without Congress' help, such as urging prosecutors not to use mandatory minimums against nonviolent drug offenders and encouraging prisoners sentenced under old, racially discriminatory crack laws to apply for a new clemency program.

    “He’s committed to being more aggressive,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who was in the meeting.....snip~

    Obama launches


    So what are your thoughts with this? Says to help minority men of color......as you can see Obama is looking to garner the vote for the Democrats. Thru this means here. Not much is highlighted about Hispanics and Latins. Nor does it say much about any other minorities.

    This was a Chicago Program.....that Bloomberg copied off Emanuel and the city here. Emanuel was out all this morning touting how happy that Obama extended this to National Program. Yes 200 mil and Jarrett conforms they will get more. Now what do you think takes place for all those they do for?

    Division.....101. Democrat Style!

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    Re: Obama Launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ to Help young Minority Men.....

    Quote Originally Posted by humbolt View Post
    I wouldn't disagree, except that what we generally witness is a continued effort to simply throw money at such problems. Unfortunately, money will not help the problem without a much larger helping of hard work. It's hard work to motivate the depressed and dispossessed and no amount of money will replace the personal effort required both by those offering assistance and those receiving it. After all the years of the war on poverty we should know that funds legislated, money raised, and money spent does not equal the desired outcome. It never will.
    Actually it's pretty simple. All the money in the world isn't going to convince the impoverished youth of our country to believe that a polished version of the turd their lives will be is significantly better than the unpolished one they observe prior to programs like this. Unless and until the economy alters in such a way as to offer some semblance of opportunity equality, all these programs will continue to fail, private or government.
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    Re: Obama Launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ to Help young Minority Men.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    Regardless of government, it shouldn't be a racially exclusionary program. See that's where we agree. Honestly, it's not the "government" part that's the problem, right? If there is a successful program, then I don't care who runs it, right? You care obviously more about who's running it than that it's racially exclusionary. I think that's backward.

    And either way, private or government, these programs seem to fail to work. Without some semblance of true opportunity equality, all these programs do is slap pinkie bandages on gaping wounds.
    We agree on a couple points here. I also agree that these sorts of programs fail with regularity because they don't address the environment adequately.

    However, there is a reason why it's particularly odious coming from government. Simply, the government is supposed to offer to all with an equal hand. Serve all equally. Or as close as is possible. Especially now considering the racism discussion is in full swing in our society.

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    Re: Obama Launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ to Help young Minority Men.....

    Quote Originally Posted by CalGun View Post
    I really do not worry about what people do with their private money - I believe our society should be FREE enough for them to do whatever they want to benefit whom ever they want. What does make me sad, it bothers me a very small amount, is that if G.W.Bush was to launch a foundation / trust / organization for the advancement of economically challenged white boys from Houston or Dallas he'd be labeled a racist bigot and in fact someone would likely file a law suit demanding they include people of minority races and women. Like I said - I have no trouble with sorority charity groups, NAACP, and others who want to promote an agenda and a group of people, but try to form one for white men and see what happens.
    Heya Cal. Election time is coming. Democrats are reeling. They are going to go full tilt to try and garner up votes. The more they can do for people the more they will get that vote.

    Al Sharptones isn't around for just the Photo Op.

    Of course I am looking at thru the political lens.

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    Re: Obama Launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ to Help young Minority Men.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    Actually it's pretty simple. All the money in the world isn't going to convince the impoverished youth of our country to believe that a polished version of the turd their lives will be is significantly better than the unpolished one they observe prior to programs like this. Unless and until the economy alters in such a way as to offer some semblance of opportunity equality, all these programs will continue to fail, private or government.
    The economy needs some serious work, that's for sure. I don't have all the correct answers, but I have a pretty good handle on the ones that are definitely wrong. This program sounds like more of the same. I hope not, but I won't hold my breath for serious change.

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    Re: Obama Launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ to Help young Minority Men.....

    President Obama had a nice feel-good moment.
    He could have knocked it out of the park with some needy white faces behind him.
    BHO missed a golden opportunity to bring together ALL colors needy.
    White voters have a right to be upset at not being included, since 'inclusion' is the going word .
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    I have to agree with you, Nimby. It was a very good OP until you got down to the end and the author just had to make it a partisan issue. What really makes me shake my head over how the OP's near instantaneous devaluation was reading other threads that constantly put down young Black teens (or Blacks in general) for being lazy, shiftless, thugs, vagrants and everything negative under the sun or how Pres. Obama is just "giving away tax payer dollars to minorities" for whatever reason, the moment he goes out and persuades private corporations to put their own money forward to bring about jobs skills and job placement initiatives to help these very "shiftless, lazy, thuggish" young Black teens (and subsequently Black families) learn how to do better for themselves, suddenly it's all about garnering Democratic votes.

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