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Conservatives call President Obama ‘real racist’ for ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ program

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President Obama is taking a lot of incoming fire from conservatives for his new initiative called “My Brother’s Keeper” to help black and Hispanic young men succeed in America.

Obama’s efforts to create a task force to figure out how to promote and expand programs that provide young men of color with educational opportunities and jobs have right-wing extremists and conservative seeing red, denouncing the president as “the real racist” who consciously excluded Caucasian males from the program.

To recap, Obama is authoring a $200 million drive funding from a variety of foundations that will go to programs that support those young men at key points. As Yahoo News reports, those include “prekindergarten education, lifting third-grade reading proficiency, leading schools away from ‘zero tolerance’ disciplinary policies that kick misbehaving students out of school, and persuading businesses to train and hire young men of color.” This is private money, which is going to private programs.
Early reviews of the initiative are in from Obama’s opponents.

No matter how many black and Hispanic males are in dire need of help to counter the racism and lack of opportunities in America, the president’s efforts were met with outrage.

The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin said, “If you are wondering how a new initiative, My Brother’s Keeper, which would assist at-risk African and Hispanic males, is constitutional, you are not alone.”

The argument is that Obama is showing preference for one race or group of races over another, concluding that, “no good can come from a program that divides up the population by these categories.”

Fox News’ religious rabble-rouser Todd Starnes tweeted the equivalent of why isn’t there a White History Month? “Obama announces government initiative to help young men of color. Caucasian is not one of the colors getting helped.”

This is just the beginning of the right-wing rant. What do you think of Obama’s bold new initiative and does it exclude white males?



5 Comments

  1. Simmone NW on March 3, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I think Obama My Brother’s Keeper initiative is great! Black and Hispanic males are being left behind when it comes to education. Caucasian males don’t need an initiative because they are at the top of the totem pole when it comes to education and career options. The justice system is not failing white males. A white male can drive drunk and kill four people and only get probation because their lawyer argued that they are suffering from “affluenza.” White privilege allows them to be ignorant of the struggles that minorities are facing everyday. Tell these conservatives to go live in the ghetto for a month so they can see firsthand the day to day struggles of a lot of urban youths. The money that is being used to fund My Brother’s Keeper is not coming out of taxpayers pockets because it came from private funding. If these so called conservatives want to help “all” those struggling and “oppressed” white males, why don’t they use their own money to start an initiative to help them out.

  2. Msnj on March 3, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    While there are more under privileged men of color , it’s my opinion that the President of the U. S should have ensured this initiative was inclusive of “all” young men. There are young men from diff backgrounds who come from broken homes w little or no education, young fathers etc., if we are going to break these color barriers that continue to divide & keep us separated , then we have to start being inclusive of all, starting with the youth. The podium where the president gave this speech surrounded by young men, should have been reflective of young men from different backgrounds, not just 2. The issues that plague this country affect us all and our children. No young man should have been made to feel excluded. This sounds like it’s going to be a very promising program. I wish there were no color lines for truly then ALL young men could have affirmed ” I am my brother’s keeper”

    • Arthur McDonald on March 4, 2014 at 10:06 am

      I understand where you’re coming from, however much of the issues out there that directly affect blacks and latinos in this country haven’t changed much in many years. And you’re right…there ARE many groups that are affected as oppose to just latinos and blacks, but those that perpetuate the segregation in the educational and occupational realms could potentially further the favoritism by using programs such as this, if in fact it WHERE for all people. One way to look at it is that had racial favoritism died a long time ago with slavery, or more recently, the Civil Rights movement, there would be no need for this bill, Affirmative Action, the United Negro College Fund, the NAACP, etc.

  3. Ole Mick Don'ld on March 3, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Here’s to White America: You guys are Plantation Owners!

    Here’s to blax and hiss pan ix: You guys are slaves!

    Vote White!
    Breed White!
    Hire White!