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May 30, 2014 - 1:23 pm

President Obama received recommendations from his task force on the My Brother’s Keeper program, which is intended to support boys and young men of color through the education system and job market.

Obama said the recommendations are intended to address “the fact that we have too many young men of color — black boys and young men, Latino boys and young men — who are adrift and don’t have those same opportunities and don’t have those same structures of support.”

“And so what I did was assign a process for us to inventory everything that’s already being done to help young boys of color and men of color to succeed, to have every agency — from Justice Department to Education to HUD to USDA — look at how they could contribute to the process to make sure that we’ve got the best data possible, and then to report back to me so that we can have a plan of attack,” he added.

“…How do we modify policies in schools where young men of color are being disproportionally suspended — which we know results in higher dropout rates, which we know results potentially in them ending up in the prison system — all the way to how do we deal with young people who have gotten into trouble with the law but can be redeemed if we have effective ways of reaching them.”

The blueprint delivered to Obama includes eliminating suspensions and expulsions in preschool and launching a public-private campaign “to actively recruit mentors for youth and improve the quality of mentoring programs.” Another initiative would encourage “a reading culture in more homes” so kids are at grade level by the third grade while yet another would focus on increasing Advanced Placement classes and other opportunities to get ahead in schools.

“We’ve got businesses who are saying, we know this is going to be the workforce of the future, and if we do not address this demographic, our companies aren’t going to prosper and the American economy as a whole is not going to grow as quickly as it could,” Obama said.

The blueprint also calls for addressing “racial and ethnic bias within the juvenile and criminal justice systems” as well as trying to “transform” the schools that produce the most dropouts.

“I’m just reminded that I am only here because a bunch of folks invested in me. We’ve got a huge number of kids out there who have as much talent, and more talent than I had, but nobody is investing in them,” Obama said. “And I want to make sure that I use this platform, and every Cabinet member here wants to make sure that they use the tools that they’ve got, so that these young men, young boys, know somebody cares about them, somebody is thinking about them, and that they can succeed, and making America stronger as a consequence.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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We’ve got a huge number of kids out there who have as much talent, and more talent than I had, but nobody is investing in them....

Show me a kid whose got less talent than Obama, I'll show you a corpse - and until it died, it had more talent than Obama....
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Backwards-Land continues to move backwards. I see ten teams in a league - one is in first place, another in last, the rest drift in between. Therefore the league is broken. The first place team is privileged. The last place team is oppressed, particularly by the first place team. Adjustments must be made until all games end in a tie.

At that time, peace will rule the land, and happiness too.

Unless of course the unthinkable may be true: some value systems are better than others. I could just teach the last place team to stop goofing off and bear down and punish them with suspensions and... oh nevermind.
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Obama's initiative sounds like nothing more than another Affirmative Action boondoggle, which is how we were saddled with his sad ass.

Let's face it, the problem with most "young men of color" is, they come from a culture of non-performance, and failure. Nothing will change until the culture changes.
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Until you address the cultural rot, everything else you do on behalf of these young men will be of negligible value.
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The rascist-in-chief began his cause and effect cascade ("young men of color are being disproportionally suspended — which we know results in higher dropout rates, which we know results potentially in them ending up in the prison system") in the middle stages.

He left out the most important predictive variable for his favored people of color - unwed people of color mothers and deadbeat, absent people of color fathers. What are you doing about this Barry ? I mean aside from assuring they can abort little people of color?
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He'll use mentors from the IRS and the O'Bamma Care exchanges.
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And of course, the solution ALWAYS involves growing the government and spending more money.
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The first imbecile wants to waste more of our money. We already
have a great program for the AH's at risk little buddies. It's called prison.
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We’ve got a huge number of kids out there who have as much talent, and more talent than I had, but nobody is investing in them....

Show me a kid whose got less talent than Obama, I'll show you a corpse - and until it died, it had more talent than Obama....
8 weeks ago
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Backwards-Land continues to move backwards. I see ten teams in a league - one is in first place, another in last, the rest drift in between. Therefore the league is broken. The first place team is privileged. The last place team is oppressed, particularly by the first place team. Adjustments must be made until all games end in a tie.

At that time, peace will rule the land, and happiness too.

Unless of course the unthinkable may be true: some value systems are better than others. I could just teach the last place team to stop goofing off and bear down and punish them with suspensions and... oh nevermind.
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Notice - not "All Americans getting ahead," only his own, targeted, favored (ethnic) group. More dis-unity foisted on us by the Dis-organizer-in-Chief.
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Obama's initiative sounds like nothing more than another Affirmative Action boondoggle, which is how we were saddled with his sad ass.

Let's face it, the problem with most "young men of color" is, they come from a culture of non-performance, and failure. Nothing will change until the culture changes.
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Remember always that famous old adage, "You cannot legislate social change."

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Well, sheesh, I hope we have a lot of kids with much more talent than Obama has. If he's at the upper end, we're in biiiggg trouble.
The interventions Obama describes have nothing to do with "young men of color" and everything to do with "young men from broken homes in dysfunctional schools and poverty." Alas, those young men are disproportionately "of color." But it's isn't the color that causes the problems, except to the degree that race-baiters around the young men tell them the problem is their color and the young men believe it.
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