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My Brother's Keeper - Initiative for Young Black Men

Obama Starts Initiative for Young Black Men, Noting His Own Experience

So many recent discussions and yet nothing gets to the heart of that matter as much as this . . .
“We just assume this is an inevitable part of American life, instead of the outrage that it is,” Mr. Obama told an audience of business leaders, politicians, philanthropists, young black men from a Chicago support program, and Mr. Martin’s parents. “It’s like a cultural backdrop for us in movies, in television. We just assume, of course it’s going to be like that.”

“These statistics should break our hearts,” he added. “And they should compel us to act.”

More -
Mr. Obama’s remarks come as the end of his time in office is in sight, with the president mindful of the legacy that his administration will leave behind on race and other civil rights issues like same-sex marriage and immigration. Mr. Obama has embraced the right of gay men and lesbians to marry, and Eric H. Holder Jr., his attorney general, has aggressively sought to ensure that all eligible Americans have access to the ballot box.

Although Mr. Obama nods on occasion to his history-making status as the nation’s first black president, he has sought to avoid being defined entirely by his race. He most often emphasizes that he is the leader of all Americans. But in recent years, the president has spoken more about the black experience in the United States — most strikingly after the death of Mr. Martin, when Mr. Obama said, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon

On Thursday, the president combined his personal remarks on race with a broader call to focus on “the larger agenda”: economic insecurity and stalled mobility for Americans of any color. “The plain fact is there are some Americans who, in the aggregate, are consistently doing worse in our society,” Mr. Obama said, “groups that have had the odds stacked against them in unique ways that require unique solutions, groups who’ve seen fewer opportunities that have spanned generations.”

I wonder if he reads DU?

So how will you get involved? I figured it if I put this elsewhere it would dissolve into stupidity about how "no one ever gave me nothing" diatribes so instead - what can those in the know and with the heart to bring change do to shift this constant reality (shameful one as far as I'm concerned) in America?


Understanding The Problem
The data proves it: Boys and young men of color — regardless of where they come from — are disproportionately at risk from their youngest years through college and the early stages of their professional lives.

•By the time they hit fourth grade, 86 percent of African American boys and 82 percent Hispanic boys are reading below proficiency levels — compared to 54 percent of white fourth graders reading below proficiency levels.

•African American and Hispanic young men are more than six times as likely to be victims of murder than their white peers — and account for almost half of the country's murder victims each year.
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Fri Feb 28, 2014, 11:00 AM (0 replies)

Since when is the onus put on persons to put up with shit in the name of educating them

So true - that's why I refuse to 'work with them'.

But what you just wrote makes me want to booty dance.

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Posted by JustAnotherGen | Fri Feb 28, 2014, 09:55 AM (1 replies)

This is a quote by BainsBane

I agree with her - and you.

It's disappointing to see "liberals" deny the existence of white privilege
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Fri Feb 28, 2014, 06:32 AM (0 replies)

It's disappointing to see "liberals" deny the existence of white privilege

Posted by JustAnotherGen | Fri Feb 28, 2014, 06:23 AM (0 replies)

It's by Another one of the Usual Suspects

It's a real doozy. I wash my hands of trying to deal with white America on these issues.

Those who are white and "get it" are doing the best they can. It's in the way their children are raised, how they respect others, and what they stand for.

But if you don't already "get it" - we're done.

Geek_tragedy, bettyellen, BainsBane - shit! Drunken Irishman, redqueen, etc etc they get it. I can have a convo with kwassa - there are many others. But if someone isn't at their level of awareness then they are wasting my time.

They can go whine about the NSA, Snowden etc etc.

Race, racism, the black American experience are simply above their head. Too many folks at DU give the impression that they "had a black friend in the third grade" and it's getting really hard to not laugh at the silly!
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Thu Feb 27, 2014, 09:58 PM (0 replies)

That nails it

So sorry that the way I discuss the racism in America offends you so much.

And you notice how we have to work together was part of the premise - but no ideas were given?

You created a monster Bravenak - because you brought up a good point a few weeks ago -

Why do we have to do all the work? We can't change from within. It's external. So nope - gonna focus on my TPS reports instead.
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Thu Feb 27, 2014, 09:35 PM (1 replies)

DU is not where I come for fashion discussions

At all. Ever.

Said this in another post - I don't discuss fashion with men who loudly proclaim that, "I have bought jeans in 15 years and I prefer unadorned women!"

Okay - these guys would throw up in their mouth if I go on about the woman at work (literally) who was wearing peep toe white shooties with black opaque tights and a grey gabardine pin stripe pencil skirt last week.

Because that would be mean, elitist, narrow minded, shallow - and irrelevant to what we discuss at DU.

But thanks for posting the Vogue cover. I'm posting the cover to the September issue of Vogue this August and I will be inviting everyone to support me in the orgy of awesome the September issue of Vogue is!
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Mon Feb 24, 2014, 06:44 AM (0 replies)


Posted by JustAnotherGen | Sun Feb 23, 2014, 05:58 AM (0 replies)


Impressing your coworkers or sisters or female bosses or students with your taste in textiles, or flare with color is not about attracting attention, but more about communicating that one is sensitive to nuance, texture, form and visual beauty. It is more about expressing intelligence and or depth. It is a non verbal communication that is not about impressing to be attractive in a sexual way, but as a way to express individuality and who one is.

In the circles of women I run in - we love fashion. If we go out to dinner with our husbands - I'm normally the only one there who had to go through her personal Tim Gunn before we went out. Ive totally disregarded him since he came home with a pair of skinny jeans in Decrmber and until he gives them to good will - he doesn't get an opinion.

But I'm not going for his approval - my girlfriends appreciate my taste.
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Sat Feb 22, 2014, 07:54 PM (1 replies)

^this^ perfect!

Let me add - in the course of these discussions I read - I know I read - something along the lines that women should appreciate it for the fashion aspect.


Someone *cough seabeyond cough* has very lovingly pointed out that I'm such a "girl"! And it's true!

And as a "girl" there are some discussions I'm only having with women at fashion blogs. At no time eveeeer have I come to DU to have that discussion. Oh wait - I did a spinoff here in the Women's group about stilettos because of heated pushback from the Anti Tieks crowd. I swear Choo pays people to post at blogs about his craptastic product but I digress.

I respect that we have both crunchy granola men AND women at DU that are anti spending money on artificial things like clothing handbags perfume etc etc. Me? I'm not that way.

I'm also in a higher tier financial demographic than I get the impression many are at DU.

So I respect THAT too! I hold back! Psst - I own 8 pairs of Tieks.

But I wish crunchy granola men that are all anti establishment would just own up to the fact that the posting was a T and A sucker punch - nothing more and nothing less.

I also remember a few men jumping down the throats of women during the handbag wars. I think I can find a thread referencing that loop of threads in the AA group. So when we want to talk about $500 handbags that's bad - but when they want to give swimsuit fashion advice - its okay. That's not frivolous and fun? Hmmm. . .

So here's the thing - I will go to the luxe blog for fashion advice gentleman. I don't need your assistance. And come this August - I'm posting the cover of THE Book. Know what that is? An orgy of high priced luxury goods that women in the top 5% buy called the September Issue of Vogue. And I'm posting it in GD.

If frivolous is AOK in GD - then its all or nothing. BTW - my favorite "brand blog" has a disco going on about the swimsuits in this years issue and evidently - they suck. Everyone is going with the tried and true - Soraya. The little pups living on dreams and spaghettios are going on about what's in Venus - not SI. So even the young women that are reflected in SI aren't buying those suits.

Whew - you opened the door pnw. Hallelujah! I had to get that off my chest. I seriously do not come to DU to discuss bathing suits. The very idea is cray cray! And if one IS a woman coming to DU looking for fashion advice from men who every once in awhile blurt out " I haven't bought a pair of jeans in ten years !!!!" please don't pay attention to them. Please just don't do it. Friends don't let friends make bad fashion choices.
Posted by JustAnotherGen | Sat Feb 22, 2014, 07:24 PM (0 replies)
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