Yesterday President Obama spoke about his new initiative, My Brother’s Keeper, meant to better the lives of young men of color. Singer and philanthropist Mýa thinks it’s a great idea and gave it a shoutout on Twitter.
In his speech yesterday, President Obama said, “50 years after Dr. King talked about his dream for America’s children, the stubborn fact is that the life chances, the average black or brown child in this country, lags behind by almost every measure and is worse for boys and young men.”
He continued, “And the worst part is, we’ve become numb to these statistics. We’re not surprised by them. We take them as the norm. We just assume this is an inevitable part of American life, instead of the outrage that it is. That’s how we think about it.”
He talked about different ways to make a difference, including reforming the criminal justice system to get rid of any bias and helping students graduate from school.
“I’m going to pen this presidential memorandum directing the federal government not to spend more money, but to do things smarter, to determine what we can do right now to improve the odds for boys and young men of color, and make sure our agencies are working more effectively with each other, with those businesses, with those philanthropies and with local communities to implement proven solutions,” he said.
In conclusion, he said, “We need to give every child, no matter what they look like, where they live, a chance to reach their full potential, because if we do, if we help these wonderful young men become better husbands and fathers and well-educated hard-working good citizens. Then, not only will they contribute to the growth and prosperity of this country, but they will pass the lessons on to their children, on to their grandchildren. We’ll start a different cycle. And this country will be richer and stronger for it for generations to come. So let’s get going.”
We know Mýa’s thoughts, so what are yours?
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