Obama Embraces a Lifelong Cause: Helping Minority Boys Succeed

Liz Goodwin and Garance Franke-Ruta, Yahoo! News, February 26, 2014

On Father’s Day last June, President Barack Obama welcomed 14 teenagers sporting black-and-white T-shirts that read “BAM” into the Oval Office.

The letters stood not for the nickname occasionally slapped on the president by big-city tabloids, but for “Becoming a Man,” a program run by a Chicago nonprofit working with at-risk youth in the public schools. The president had met the group of young black men once before, when he dropped by one of BAM’s hourlong group discussion sessions at Hyde Park Academy High School last February. He’d pulled up a chair and sat in the boys’ circle that day, talking with them so long about their lives his aides worried he would blow up his carefully planned schedule during his visit to the city.

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On Thursday afternoon, Obama will be addressing the same set of issues in a far more public way. Three of the BAM teens will return to the White House for Obama’s unveiling of a new initiative partly inspired by the Chicago program. As part of “My Brother’s Keeper,” as the new campaign is known, the White House will bring together nonprofits, foundations and private businesses to endorse and test out programs designed to help young minority men graduate from high school, stay out of juvenile detention centers and prisons, and train for and get good jobs.

The Obama administration’s most ambitious and high profile effort to tackle the systemic problems facing young men of color is rooted in a series of White House conversations led by Obama in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting two years ago. They continued and gathered momentum—including with first lady Michelle Obama—after the random shooting of another teen who lived just a mile from the Obamas’ Chicago home. After his re-election, those discussions began to shape a more serious policy debate as Obama quietly began to bond with the Chicago youngsters.

But what started as a second-term presidential bid to confront a vexing social crisis may be turning into a lifelong cause. Senior White House aides confirm to Yahoo News that a major focus of Obama’s post-presidency will be a broad-based, lifelong effort to lift up a demographic that feels perennially written off and left behind. Obama, who wrote a best-selling memoir probing questions of race, identity and his own fatherlessness, is plotting a return to the issues that have been central to his own life and will continue to shape generations of young black men after he leaves the White House.

“I think 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.”

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who once ran the Chicago public schools, echoed Jarrett, telling Yahoo News in an interview that he believes the Obamas will be dedicated to the issue for decades. “This is core to who they are individually and core to who they are together.”

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And yet once in office Obama tiptoed on issues of race, hyperaware of how easily even the slightest misstep could fuel distracting controversies. He was criticized by some civil rights leaders for shying away from race-based initiatives and programs during his first term. So Obama’s high-profile embrace of this cause at this time, in his sixth year in office, raises the question: Why now?

The answer is complicated. For one thing, the president had to deal with an economy in freefall and trying to get health care reform passed in a hugely crowded first term. As the nation’s first African-American president, he also had a fine line to walk: If he avoided confronting racial issues he’d be accused of betraying his roots on behalf of political expediency, but if he confronted them too head-on, he’d be accused of divisiveness.

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There was also the very real risk of lighting politically damaging firestorms that would undermine his broader agenda for a nation in crisis. As it turned out, Obama’s presence in the racial conversation as the first black president sometimes made the issue more combustible rather than less. When Obama spontaneously decided to defend his friend Henry Louis Gates after he was arrested trying to get into his own locked home in 2009, he was forced to call an awkward “beer summit” at the White House for the offended police officer in question. (Obama said the police officer, who was white, had “acted stupidly” in arresting the black Harvard professor.)

The president’s team also had to think about his legacy. A former aide, who asked to remain anonymous to discuss internal decision-making, said White House staff vigorously argued during the first term about whether the president should be focusing more on the African-American community, along with dozens of other competing issues. But the president and advisers felt that his primary duty as the nation’s first black president was to do his job well—which meant focusing on the big picture.

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Obama increasingly relied on the unilateral powers of his office, as well as a more robust use of the presidential bully pulpit. And in what would eventually become a model for His Brother’s Keeper, he turned to Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move anti-obesity program as a template for addressing a complex problem through public persuasion, partnerships and the mobilization of goodwill. The president regularly speaks of his “ convening power” to concentrate attention and bring together foundations, businesses and nonprofits to address complex issues—in this case, the array of forces that make it hard for young black men to succeed.

But how Obama went from treading carefully around the issue of race during his first few years in office to making the fate of young black men a signature issue of his second term is ultimately a more visceral and human story than one of a president reassessing the mechanics of his governing strategy. It began with the shooting of a 17-year-old black teenager named Trayvon in a middle class Orlando suburb—an event that touched off a ritual and emotional debate on race, justice and fairness in America.

Several aides and advisers said that after the shooting, the president began asking what the White House could do to give young men of color a better chance at life. {snip}

“What we see is that opportunity remains elusive for all too many men of color,” said Thomas Perez, secretary of the Labor Department. Perez and Education Secretary Duncan began meeting with Obama beginning last July to help craft a plan. Perez had looked into the Martin case when he headed the Justice Department’s civil rights division before taking the Cabinet job. “The Trayvon Martin issue brought the matter to the fore in a very conspicuous way.”

Obama was deeply affected by Martin’s shooting, though he did not address it publicly until a month after it happened. When he did, Obama openly and powerfully identified with the anguish of Martin’s parents. “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama unexpectedly said in the Rose Garden after announcing his pick for the World Bank.

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Last July, Obama casually entered the White House briefing room, unannounced, and spoke for 18 minutes about the Zimmerman not-guilty verdict, declaring that he wanted to “help more young men of color facing tough odds stay on track and reach their full potential.” The remarks were the most extensive he’d made on race since taking office. Four months earlier, he compared Trayvon to his own son, if he’d had one. This time, he compared himself to the young shooting victim. “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” he said, recalling how he would hear car doors locking as he walked down the streets. “We need to spend some time in thinking about how do we bolster and reinforce our African-American boys.”

After his comments, the president gathered his senior advisers and told them to really think about how best to accomplish the task. The “My Brother’s Keeper” program came out of the next six months of work.

And Obama began thinking of his initiative to lift up minority men as part and parcel of his overarching goal of narrowing income inequality in America and promoting social mobility. In 2012, less than 50 percent of young black men were employed, compared with 68 percent of young white men. If African-Americans and Hispanics had the same unemployment rate as whites, the U.S. unemployment rate would be even lower than its present 6.6 percent. Unemployment among African-Americans remains stubbornly high, at 12.1 percent, while it has declined to 5.7 for whites.

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  • John Frum

    We already have “The Brothers Keeper”. Its called prison.

    • JDInSanD

      I thought the US taxpayer was the Brother’s Keeper?

      Then again, the US taxpayer is paying for their upkeep whether or not they’re in prison.

  • dd121

    I’m sure that every young man our Dear Leader puts his hand on, will be healed and become a doctor, astronaut, physicist, philosopher.

    • APaige

      I am also hopeful that this program will be as successful as other expensive federal programs aimed at making Blacks equal.

      • Alexandra1973

        “Head Start? No Child Left Behind? Someone’s losing some f—ing ground here!” –George Carlin

    • Bartek

      A PhD in Black Science with a minor in Revisionist History…yes we can.

  • Manaphy

    Minority boys can not, and will not succeed. Virtually every thing they do can be easily accomplished by less educated White man. BTW, what are Minorities good at? What valuable skills do they possess? Here’s a list:
    -The Knockout Game
    -Twerking
    -Rapping
    -Mugging 80+ aged women
    -Being black
    -Being a perennial crybaby
    -Rape
    -Kidnapping white girls
    -Homosexuality
    -Race wars
    -Drugs
    -More Drugs
    -”Big Pimpin’ ”

    Is there anything else? It is nice to see American tax-money put to a good cause.

    • John Frum

      shuckin an jiving.

      • Homo_Occidentalis

        woopin’ an’ a hollerin’

        • Alexandra1973

          Being a huge nuisance.

    • Luca

      eatin chicken, smokin Kools and runnin from da Poe-lece.

      • Katherine McChesney

        I think they call them ‘Po Po”? I found that expression on a black blog called Field Negro.

        • Bartek

          Five Oh in da house.

      • blight14

        You bess calla amma-lants!

        • Alexandra1973

          Nonono…it’s “amber lamps.” :)

    • So CAL Snowman

      Egyptian pyramid pilots
      Ph.ds in street pharmacology
      Somehow walking with their pants around their ankles
      Running fast in a straight line (the foundation of modern computing)
      Culinary delicacies like pickles soaked in Grape Kool-Aid

    • Katherine McChesney

      Extortion.

      And in their community they call the homosexual act “down low”. As in “they practice down low”. Oprah educated us about that one.

      • Who Me?

        The proper expression is, “He be on da down low.”

    • dave

      Stealing jobs from more qualified whites

    • George Clark

      You left out “aspiring rap artist.” Pity that Obama was too old to follow that path.

    • ThomasER916

      The problem with black “musicians” is blacks as a people lack the ability to live in anything other than poverty, therefore there is no one other than non-blacks to support their music.

      Banging a kettle drum doesn’t grow food, build or maintain roads or houses, or provide clean water and energy. Blacks need non-blacks for all of the amenities of the modern world so they can shout and jive. When non-blacks are musicians they NEED to have tremendous talent to justify non-blacks paying for their talents. There are plenty of non-blacks who are good musicians, the problem is non-blacks are also capable of doing other things to survive and thrive, which is what they usually do. Non-black writers, poets, and scholars also have to justify their pay through extreme competence. Just look at the tokens we have today – Cornell West, Maya Angelou, or Neil Degrasse Tyson.

    • Max

      Somebody has to do those jobs that white Americans don’t want to do. They found their niche.

    • Dr. Möbias

      – drive bys where they fire guns wildly around hitting old women on their way to church or tiny babies.

      – knockin back 40 oz malt liquors while representin and posing

      – talkin about how The Man is keeping them down.

      – spray painting walls with “187″ and “off the pigz”

  • http://saboteur365.wordpress.com/ bigone4u

    Let Zuckerberg, Soros, Gates and the rest of the anti-American, anti-white oligarchs pay for this junk. Those BAM (Becoming a Man) t-shirts? BAM really stands for Blacks are Morons, or Black and Mean, or … make up what YOU think BAM means.

    • Homo_Occidentalis

      Blacks Are Menaces

    • Marc Zuckurburg

      Sorry, no deal. I’m not wasting my hard earned stolen fortune on that trash. That’s what taxes and taxpayers are for. I’m going to put my money to good use, getting comprehensive immigration reform so I can make and have even more money.

      • So CAL Snowman

        It’s funny to me that people actually think YOU created facebook in a Harvard dorm room. Americans really are the most gullible idiots in the history of the world.

        • Bartek

          Yes how innovative, My Space, only floated by his financier cousins until it was listed on Wall Street.

        • Marc Zuckurburg

          Yes. It’s really a testament to my ability to worm my way out of a crisis. It was rough going there for a few minutes.

      • Max

        Spoken like a true Tribe member.

      • Xerxes22

        So when is your Chinese wife going to dump you and take half of your stolen money? BTW, did she converet?

        • Marc Zuckurburg

          Pre-nup.

          She doesn’t even get to keep the ring.

    • Katherine McChesney

      BAM is the sound of a feral black knocking out a White man while calling him ‘honkey’ or ‘cracker’.

  • thomas edward

    Obama Embraces a Lifelong Cause: Helping Minority Boys Succeed
    __________________________________________________
    Talk about a quest for the holy Grail. The beauty of the whole thing is it’ll never happen, so you can just keep questing for ever, for a nice piece of cash of course.

  • Berkeley Guy

    Obama is not talking about young men of color. He is talking mostly about young men of African descent. We all know he is not talking about giving a helping hand to South Koreans or Japanese, and we all know why: they are considered by many people to be more intelligent than people of African descent. Many people who comment on this site have posted such sentiments.

    Once again, people from Ukraine, Korea, Russia, and many other places have fewer problems in becoming educated, finding work, and assimilating than people of African descent. Blacks in America already have programs implemented to ensure that they receive the things others have to hustle for.

    • Northerner

      Asians are a minority, but they’re not considered “minorities of color” by the government. For statistical purposes they’re often grouped with Whites. If Zimmerman shot an Asian or Slavic teen, it wouldn’t have even made the news.

      • Berkeley Guy

        Yes, I feel sorry for Americans who don’t understand how biased news coverage is. That is why I do not read the LA or NY Times. Mostly, I try to find sources online so that I know what is actually happening to the people I care about in my country, and in Europe.

        If I have the money someday, I will be starting my own programs at helping disadvantaged people of European descent. My government told me that I should care about my heritage through their rhetoric, actions and legislation.

        • Major

          “That is why I do not read the LA or NY Times..”

          Yet you should Guy. How else can you determine the level of disdain they have for the rest of us? The ‘elites’ at these houses of fiction and lies must be watched. I read Pravda too before their collapse. You have to know how your enemies think.

          • Berkeley Guy

            I attend UC Berkeley. I know how a lot of people here view the so-called right (I have nothing but disdain for the left-right political spectrum analogy). I was bussed to the Lewis Middle School in what people told me at the time was “the Harlem of Boston.” I have lived in places I would not want to describe to you. Then I joined the Marines. I worked for years after that, and then went to college. I have my ears and eyes wide open, knowing that a lot of people do not like me because of my skin color. The verbal and physical abuse I suffered for years has ingrained it in me.

      • Grantland

        Here is a direct quote from the correspondence of Karl
        Marx with Baruch Levy, quoted in the “La
        Revue de Paris,” June 1, 1928, page 574:

        “In the new organization of mankind, the children of
        Israel will spread over the whole surface
        of the earth and will become everywhere, without
        opposition, the leading element, especially if they
        can impose upon workings classes the firm control of
        some of the them. The governments of the nations
        forming the Universal Republic will pass without
        effort into the hands of the Jews under the cover of
        the victory of the proletariat, private property will
        then be suppressed by the rulers of Jewish race, who
        will everywhere control public funds. Thus will be
        realized the Talmudic promise that, when come the
        times of the Messiah, Jews will possess the wealth of
        all peoples of the world”.

        ——————————————————————————–

        In the Congressional Record, published by the United
        States Government Printing Office, Proceedings of the
        House, 1957, page 8559 you can read the following:

        “Israel Cohen, a leading Communist in England, in his
        A Racial Program For the Twentieth Century, wrote [in
        1912]:

        ‘We must realize that our Party’s most powerful weapon
        is racial tension. By propounding into consciousness
        of the dark races that for centuries they have have
        been oppressed by the whites, we can mould them to the
        program of the Communist Party. In America, we will
        aim for subtle victory. While inflaming the Negro
        minority against the whites , we will instill into the
        whites a guilt complex for their exploitation of the
        Negroes. We will aid the Negroes to rise to prominence
        in every walk of life, in the professions and in the
        world of sports and entertainment. With this prestige,
        the Negro will be able to intermarry with the whites
        and begin a process which will deliver America into
        our hands’.”

        • blight14

          The proverbial 800 lb. gorilla in the room……

          • Grantland

            AWAKE! FEAR! FIRE! FOES! AWAKE!
            FEAR! FIRE! FOES!
            AWAKE! AWAKE!

  • Lewis33

    This guy is so obsessed with race he’s starting to make us Amrener’s look like we just have a passing interest in the topic.

    • Nancy Thomas

      Exactly. He ran giving speeches about a purple nation and unity, yet he’s been the most polarizing force in my whole lifetime. He’s insanely and feverishly anti-white. I can’t even look at the man without feeling ill.

      • Katherine McChesney

        I agree with you Nancy. I have to overcome my complete hatred of him.

        • Major

          Overcoming it isn’t possible.

          • dukem1

            or useful.

  • Puggg

    Okay, I guess I’ll take the risk and say it.

    I think Obama’s sudden and what is said to be permanent interest in young black men goes a whole lot further than pure social concern and altruism.

    Then there’s another thing that bothers me.

    He’s talking about job training, then he wants to bust the borders wide open to let in millions more people who will amount to direct competition for the kind of jobs that they just might be able to do.

    • Homo_Occidentalis

      It was never about helping his fellow blacks. He has infiltrated high society and couldn’t care any less about his “brothers”. It has always been about impoverishing whites through socialist redistribution along racial lines.
      History has already shown that no matter how much you give the blacks, they will squander it and be back at square one within a few years. If he can impoverish whites in the effort, however, he will have achieved his agenda.

      • John_HD

        His greatest desire from the get go was to end white dominance in America, and the surest, quickest way to do it is to flood the country with non-Whites, whether illegal or not, and then have the white taxpayer pay for the interlopers. The man has hated Whites for decades. You don’t sit in Wright’s Church of Hate Whitey for 20 years unless you’re fully on board. Everything he and Holder do is anti-White. The miracle is that so many idiot self-loathing Whites still voted for the transparent anti-White man.

      • Xerxes22

        Not his agenda, his handlers’ agenda. They call the shots. They make the decisions. They put him in the White House. Obama is just their mouthpiece. That’s why they are buying him that nice estate in Hawaii for when he retires. A thank you for a job well done.

    • Nancy Thomas

      You nailed it. Blacks used to work in meat packing, construction, slaughterhouses, manufacturing, hotels, food service, etc., areas now dominated by his buddies the illegals. He isn’t going to do anything to help ANYBODY, he simply enjoys giving speeches.

      • dd121

        Absolutely right. Obama is ALL about destroying the white middle class. Just wait for the inflation of printing 85 billion a month to kick in. Goodbye white middle class.

    • JohnEngelman

      Most liberals cannot understand that encouraging more immigration interferes with most of their other goals.

      • Luca

        The elite Liberals like Obama know full well the negative consequences of increased immigration. They only care about the fact that immigrants when able to vote, will vote Democratic as will their next two generations at least.

        All the liberal special interest groups are simply useful idiots, pandered to for their voting skills.

        • JohnEngelman

          The typical liberal is a kind hearted person who feels a genuine concern for poor immigrants and who does not want to make connections between helping them and hurting other liberal causes.

          Conservatives have the same problem. Most cannot see the contradiction between desiring lower taxes and “a strong national defense.” That is why we have a problem with the national debt.

          Until Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp came along with the scam of supply side economics, the national debt was declining as a percentage of gross domestic product.

          • Luca

            Some liberals mean well, others are caught up in the cult and the liberal elites are in it for the power, fame and money.

            If you studied economics at all you’ll know there are numerous indicators and possible causes for a good or bad economy. You can’t just cherry-pick one or two and say they represent anything.

            As for taxes, the problem is spending, which is always totally out of control. Defense should be the top priority.

            Reagan and Obama were both handed horrible economies and look at the difference in the two. I honestly never once remember Reagan blaming his predecessor, but instead, by 5-years in he turned it around. Obama with his backing of companies like Solyndra, his healthcare, his food stamps, and his reckless spending is poised to drive us right over the fiscal cliff. And in the middle of all this he has a complicit media not reporting on the true depth of his colossal failures.

          • JohnEngelman

            Some liberals mean well, others are caught up in the cult and the liberal elites are in it for the power, fame and money.

            - Luca

            There will always be more power and money arguing that the rich should have more power and money. That is what conservatives do.

          • Luca

            The rich make money for themselves and others, that’s what they’re good at. And before you condemn the rich you had better review how many of them are liberals and how much money rich liberals donate to liberal/socialist/Democratic Party causes.

            The majority of the rich Jews and Asians are liberals who donate to the Dems for more favors and concessions to make them richer.

            Class warfare is an old Marxist tactic John, it’s best to to give it a rest.

            The laws of nature reward success and punish failure. The laws of Marxism reward failure and punish success. In the end, nature will win, but it’s a shame we have to go through this long painful social experiment again for liberals to understand that fact. The Soviets finally learned it after 75 years, but oh well, here we go again.

          • JohnEngelman

            As for taxes, the problem is spending, which is always totally out of control. Defense should be the top priority.

            - Luca

            Any argument for more defense spending is an argument for higher taxes to pay for it. Raising defense spending while cutting taxes like Ronald Reagan did was fiscally irresponsible.

          • JohnEngelman

            I honestly never once remember Reagan blaming his predecessor.

            - Luca

            “To understand the State of the Union, we must look not only at where we are and where we’re going but where we’ve been. The situation at this time last year was truly ominous.”

            - Ronald Reagan’s State of the Union Address of 1982

            “The problems we inherited were far worse than most inside and out of government had expected; the recession was deeper than most inside and out of government had predicted. Curing those problems has taken more time and a higher toll than any of us wanted.”

            - Ronald Reagan’s State of the Union Address 1983

          • Luca

            Okay, now count how many times Obama blamed Bush and compare it. I imagine you’ll be counting for the next 3 weeks at least.

          • http://www.amren.com/ Michael Christopher Scott

            They typical libtard hates anyone who has a firearm. I’m not buying it. Not possessing guns themselves isn’t enough.

          • JohnEngelman

            There are all kinds of liberal issues, just as there are all kinds of conservative issues. On issues that increase the wealth and power of the rich, conservatives have been winning since the election of Ronald Reagan. They have been winning big time.

          • Luca

            “Most of the issues where liberals have won since 1970 are social issues that consist of individual changes in values and behavior.” – JE

            And let us not forget that many of these issues were shoved down our throats for the purpose of political pandering, social engineering or by massive propaganda indoctrination from the people who run Hollywood and the media.

          • JohnEngelman

            Propaganda is only effective when it tells people what they want to believe, or what they know to be true in their own lives. This is why Communist propaganda was ineffective in Eastern Europe, but effective in North Vietnam.

            Hollywood is probably the most competitive economic environment in the United States. Movies take millions of dollars to produce. The vast majority lose money. Movies only make money when people want to see them.

            The lies of Rush Limbaugh have been documented since 1994. FOX News won a lawsuit to protect its right to lie. Responsible news media do not lie. When they report something that is not true they admit it.

          • Katherine McChesney

            Having worked in the entertainment business I know that many films are made as tax write-offs and there is no desire for them to earn a return.

          • JohnEngelman

            List several expensive movies that were tax write-offs. Tell how much money it took to make each one.

          • Luca

            Propaganda is a mass of twisted and exaggerated lies told over and over. Is that what people want to hear? Do they want to constantly hear that blacks are no less likely to cause crime than Whites or is that just a repeated liberal lie?

            “You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time” – A. Lincoln

            And here is one from the greatest propaganda minister of all time, you should like it, it’s from the Jewish Virtual Library:

            “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” – Joseph Goebbels.

            I think you are wrong again. Propaganda is not only effective when it is what people want to hear, it is a political art form dependent upon repeated falsehoods.

          • JohnEngelman

            Lincoln said “You cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”

            Goebbels said, “The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie.”

            The U.S. government does not “use all of its powers to repress dissent.”

            What you posted confirms what I posted earlier.

            Nazi propaganda worked because it told the German people what most of them wanted to hear. What most wanted to hear was, “Your problems and those of Germany are caused by the Allies in the World War, and by Jews.”

            During the late 1960′s liberal Democrats in the United States told white blue collar workers that black crime was not a problem. Because white blue collar workers knew it was a problem, most of them started to vote Republican.

          • http://www.amren.com/ Michael Christopher Scott

            I suspect the defense budget is lower now as a percentage of the federal budget than at any time since the end of the Cold War. The navy has retired all of the Forrestal and Kitty Hawk-class carriers, along with all of the old cruisers and destroyers. The planned Zumwalt-class destroyer class was reduced to three ships. All of the F-14 Tomcats, A-6 Intruders, EA-6 Prowlers and S-3 Vikings were retired. The P-3 Orion is being replaced with the P-8 Poseidon, but the P-8 does not have a magnetic anomaly detector.

            What is the federal budget largely spent on? Gibsmedats for N’DeShawntavious and LaTrine.

    • Dr. Möbias

      “I think Obama’s sudden and what is said to be permanent interest in young black men goes a whole lot further than pure social concern and altruism.”

      Sure it does. He and Rahm were charter members of the gay club “Man Country” in Chicago. Obama is looking for replacements for Donald Young, Larry Bland and Nate Spencer. The “heat” is off after their murders and he’s looking for replacements.

      • Puggg

        Finally. I thought that part went over everyone’s head.

        I would give you a prize, but I don’t think you eat dog biscuits.

    • http://www.amren.com/ Michael Christopher Scott

      It’s not about helping them, but about hurting civilized people.

  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    Obama said “reach their full potential.”

    Chug-a-lug.

    Permanent drinking game, ICYMI.

  • Rhialto

    Hey there Mr. President, if you want to help your Black kin, work to keep immigrants out of America. They are the ones who take jobs from the BAMers. Also try to keep Liberals out of schools, so that Blacks, who want to, can learn useful skills.

    • thomas edward

      Sir, at this point, they’re not going to learn any useful skills. They’re done.

  • sbuffalonative

    Another ‘magic bullet’ program. Of course, THIS ONE is going to work! And when it doesn’t they’ll come up with another.

    • Nancy Thomas

      Of course, it’s our fault when these programs don’t work, because of “institutional racism.” Remember, white people are a cancer on the face of the earth.

  • Truth Teller

    He’s preparing for his billion dollar retirement as executive director of yet another grant hustling non profit pimp.

    • jane johnson

      Exactly right. Modeled on that travesty of philanthropy that the Clintons have been running/leeching off of for years.

  • Extropico

    Historians should have a dim view of Obama’s decision to take racial sides in the Zimmerman matter and in the “beer summit” mishandling.

    Obama made a personal choice to be a divider instead of a uniter.

    • Nancy Thomas

      That is the utter irony of his tenure; he did the exact opposite of what he promised to do.

  • Nancy Thomas

    You know…I thought that the POTUS was supposed to be serving ALL Americans, but this guy is insanely anti-white and every move he makes harms white people. From the IRS targeting of conservatives, to the FCC targeting conservative media, to making us pay for abortions, to trying to get us into a war with Syria, to slamming our country with hostile invaders, to calling Trayvon his son and inciting black on white violence….the man clearly hates white people.

    • Tarczan

      Don’t forget the white tax- the tax on tanning salons.

      • Max

        Yeah, I’d be interested to know if there is a special tax on “nail salons” which seem to be a favorite of atrocious and ostentatious black women.

    • Major

      What truly separates him from the rest of us is…the Secret Service. And the reprobates he so loves…like all the little skittle ‘boyz’.

  • Tarczan

    “The president got into trouble and tried drugs as a young man, but the environment he grew up in was much more forgiving.”

    No kidding. This story is so pro-Obama it’s disgusting. The authors make it sound like he strategizes every move, deftly balancing many concerns. Look, he’s a dumb*** who has been pushed along every inch of the way. He said on jay Leno- “I did pretty good with math until the eighth grade”

    • evilsandmich

      I had to check the byline to make sure that it wasn’t poo’d right from the (anti)White House press organ.

    • Max

      He clearly did “pretty good” with English as well.

      • Major

        Not without that TelePrompTer. Otherwise his attempts at extemporaneous speech are a failure and he’s a stuttering, stammering idiot.

        • Tarczan

          You beat me to it, Major. Without a totally fabricated false atmosphere he is a blithering idiot. He speaks to grade school kids with his teleprompter

          • Major

            GMTA, perhaps?

        • Max

          Well then, they should’ve had the teleprompter for our Harvard luminary so he could read off “I did pretty *well* in math until the eighth grade”. We can’t however, expect someone possessed of such deep thoughts as he to be troubled by such pedestrian activities as communicating in standard English in public.

        • dukem1

          tru dat.

  • Tarczan

    “the White House will bring together nonprofits, foundations and private businesses to endorse and test out programs designed to help young minority men graduate from high school”

    Translation- Taking a page from the Revs book, he will shake down white businesses and further disadvantage white kids.

    • Puggg

      I can see it working like this.

      The black schools will already give out good grades and a diploma to any black student that has a pulse and shows up more often than not, so that part is already in the bag. What’s also in the bag for them is this bit about “staying out of prison or jail or juvie.” When the left wingers run the system and their elected Democrats have pardon power, blacks won’t often be sent to the can, and if they do go, it won’t be for long.

      The rest of this stuff, “bringing together nonprofits, foundations, businesses, etc.” is where the shakedown comes in, to force or cajole or pressure them to hire them and give them cushy never-can-be-fired jobs, a giveaway.

      The only hitch in this plan is the young black men themselves. They won’t want to sit around throwing spitballs and twizzling their thumbs in class waiting on their easy A and their unearned diplomas en route to their do nothing lifetime affirmative action giveaway job. Blacks just aren’t that patient generally. When the streets are right there, in order to keep it real and make a quick buck slinging dope.

  • So CAL Snowman

    “Unemployment among African-Americans remains stubbornly high, at 12.1 percent”

    There is no way in hell that unemployment among Africans is 12.1%, it must be much higher than that going by the welfare numbers alone.

    • FransSusan

      One of the reasons for high black unemployment is that they refuse to do the jobs that they’re capable of doing…..the low/no skill jobs that fit their low IQs.

      • Major

        Why should they when with a little voter fraud, a lot of gerrymandering, AA, they can be elected to Congress or become the potus?

        • Max

          Are you suggesting that His Hopefulness is a subhuman mongrel?

          • Major

            I don’t think so. I see it as crap rising to the top through physics and the immutable laws of nature. Like climate change…fraud.

          • Tarczan

            Let’s face it, Barry is at the lower end of the IQ bell curve. He is a human who isn’t that bright. Max, just go post on the Salon site or something like that. You aren’t going to convince many people here or win many debates.

          • Major

            Me…I think Max was “sarcing” it a bit, yes?

          • Max

            If I were a supporter of the mongrel I would not refer to him as His Hopefulness. Is that less ambiguous?

          • Major

            Isn’t that what I inferred? Your issue isn’t with me. It’s with someone else that misunderstood your remark.

          • Max

            Indeed, I was affirming your observation more for Mr. Tarczan.

          • Major

            So why delete your comments?

          • Max

            I didn’t delete any, at least not intentionally.
            ?

          • Tarczan

            Yeah, whenever I think someone says Obama is smart I just lose all rationality.

        • FransSusan

          Yeah, and they also say that working in agriculture, which is something they could actually do–picking fruit, for instance–is too much like slavery. I’ve literally heard that said!

          • Major

            That’s why their black ‘leaders’ back illegals. Real work is beneath them. Stupid people..really stupid and hopeless people.

      • http://www.amren.com/ Michael Christopher Scott

        They also drop out of the schools that are provided by the taxpayers to teach young people some marketable skills and a reasonable work ethic. When they can be bothered to attend, they start gang-riots.

        The high school I attended taught all sorts of vocational skills: computer programming, business classes, automobile repair, etc. One of my remaining high school friends never attended college, but went straight to work in the army as a software engineer. After his term was up, he stayed in the field, working at EDS (Ross Perot’s old company), then Qwest and others. He makes $84,000 a year, and since Glenn is Scots-Irish, German and Ukrainian, I strongly suspect this is not due to Affirmative Action.

    • Max

      Remember that the “unemployment” figures do not include all persons physically capable of performing labor, only those who were working in the somewhat recent past and are now “seeking” employment. The unemployment figures are about as accurate as the inflation figures. This 12.1 may be an accurate figure by their corrupt reckoning scheme since most of the blacks have not been employed and have no desire to be thus will never be counted.

      • http://www.amren.com/ Michael Christopher Scott

        I have been officially unemployed for almost exactly eight years. I count it as a great time in my life.

        • Max

          I doubt that you are “officially” unemployed. After the benefits run out for unemployment ins. applicants they simply cease to exist for popular “official” purposes.

          • http://www.amren.com/ Michael Christopher Scott

            Then I have been a non-person for the same period.

    • http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/holohoax.htm Augur Mayson

      By no longer counting unemployed people who’ve been out of a job for a year or whatever, they end up making it look like races with long-term unemployment problems have lower unemployment than they really do. It’s just another variant of how the police report for Philip Chism reported him as white, even though there’s no way anyone who isn’t blind would make that determination.

    • antiquesunlight

      I know the black unemployment rate in 2011 was 16%. Hispanics were around 11.5% and whites and Asians were both at about 8%.

  • Luca

    What does this phony know about raising sons? He’s never had a real father, only a Muslim step-father, a raging liberal of a grandfather, and a black mentor who was a communist, pedophile, bisexual, pornographer.

    • Katherine McChesney

      I believe his biological father was the communist, pedophile, bisexual, pornographer. There is no resemblance between Barry and obama. obama is very dark skinned. On the other hand Barry looks more like Davis.

      • Luca

        Wouldn’t you just love to see him forced to take a DNA test? I believe that’s the real reason for the homemade birth certificate, they want to hide the real baby daddy. We might add that Frank Marshall Davis was also a Chicago radical and liked to take photos of young naked White girls, especially ones named Stanley.

        • Max

          You can bet that they’re mopping up any stray DNA traces issuing from THAT fraud.

          What is the tab up to now for his Identity Protection Team anyway?

      • FransSusan

        BO looks just like his mother….except for skin color, of course.

      • Alexandra1973

        Wouldn’t that make him an American citizen, Davis being his father? Part of the “birther” argument is Obama Sr. being a British subject. Not that I particularly care, since I don’t think any black person has any business being the leader of a White country to begin with. For the same reason you don’t want any foreigner leading your country.

      • http://www.amren.com/ Michael Christopher Scott

        It is quite possible that his mudshark mother doesn’t know exactly who the real father was.

  • Dave4088

    What is this, like the 2,475th program to somehow make blacks defy their African DNA and become productive members of society? As with all black self help (with whitey’s money) programs for men it will be rocked by a homosexual sex scandal or embezzlement at some point.

    • Major

      I’d rather count the $50,000,000,000,000.00 washed down the rabbit hole of diversity and leveling the playing field over the past 50 years.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Like most articles from the MSM, this reads like a propaganda piece for Obama. Case in point: “When Obama spontaneously decided to defend his friend Henry Louis Gates after he was arrested trying to get into his own locked home in 2009…” This is an out and out lie. Gates was arrested not for merely trying to get into his home, which the police were trying to assist him with, but for uncooperativeness and acting like a general lout (which he is). The rest of the piece is similarly mendacious.

    • Max

      Questioning a black about anything is racism, especially a faux intellectual.

    • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

      And I still maintain that Gates was trying to engineer an altercation between the Cambridge P.D. and himself, in order to garner himself publicity. It’s just that I don’t think he expected to be carted off to the hoosegow.

  • disqus_irCdmAu8It

    If the buffoon in chief cared, he would do all he could to create jobs, jobs, and more jobs.

    • Homo_Occidentalis

      Obamarx has essentially said no can do on Keystone XL, and continues to kill jobs with Obamacare and his minimum wage initiatives. Jobs are clearly taking a back seat to his all-important cultural Marxist social agenda.

      • Max

        The Mulatto Marxist may be able to skate on Keystone anyway because a lawsuit was filed in Neb. by a property owner contesting the authority of the gov. to okay the deal as it would be an unlawful taking of property for private use. My question is whether this was in process years ago or if this is a recent move somehow instigated by the usual suspects on the left as a hedge in case Obama relented or a court intervenes. I never heard of this lawsuit going forward until last week.

        Maybe someone here knows.

    • Max

      The only job a president can “create” are do-nothing busywork jobs. We don’t need more gummint employees. Besides, they would all be minorities which would enhance the way that they already screw up things. Better to just leave them sucking down Colt 45 and sleeping ’til 2:00 pm and send them a check. They wouldn’t have them doing something useful like picking up litter or filling pot-holes because it is beyond the ken of most.

    • FransSusan

      The government can’t actually create jobs except for within the government— busywork, as Max said. The government could get out of the way, though, and remove some of the endless government restrictions on business that would allow the private sector to create jobs.

  • 2eRep

    Another cheap stunt scam that will disappear after the November elections but of course the negro will swallow whole because he be da man.

  • Katherine McChesney

    There are hundreds of race realists in the comment section on the original article. People are waking up.

    • ThomasER916

      Let’s do our part and add more.

    • Major

      15,477 Comments on Yahoo and counting? Good grief, I’ve never seen that before.

      • Luca

        And if someone in the White house is reading the Yahoo article there will be 15,000+ new IRS audits next year.

  • evilsandmich

    help more young men of color facing tough odds stay on track and reach their full potential

    Good luck with that….

    This is not something they simply want to do while he’s in office


    And I’m a Chinese fighter pilot.

  • Bartek

    Suppose this will get Barry more $50,000 a “trick” speaking gigs than talking about health insurance.

  • JohnEngelman

    Black behavior is more malleable than black mental aptitude. I hope Becoming a Man helps.

    • Earl Turner

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Dude! Stop! You’re killin’ me!

    • BonV.Vant

      hey, aren’t YOU the guy that said just a day or so ago that the economy was slowly getting beer???? What was it that we heard today? The jobless numbers “unexpectedly” got worse? Why do you even bother posting anymore? Everything you say is a lie.

      • JohnEngelman

        The economy is gradually getting better in the long run despite Republican obstruction. It does not get better every day.

        • BonV.Vant

          No, it isn’t. Despite all the positive spin of the media, it is not getting better.

  • MBlanc46

    Now that he’s gotten past re-election, the race coddling is coming on full-throttle. And it will have the same effect as the past fifty year’s worth of “programs”, i.e., none whatsoever.

  • Greg S

    The scene around the White House is starting to look like the casting call for a Tarzan movie.

    • Luca

      Along with the staff.

    • Tarczan

      Hey, Tarczan is white.

  • Spartacus

    “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    If you had a son, he’d look like more than half of all murderers in the US .

  • ThomasER916

    There are minimum requirements for civilization – being civilized is one of them. Culture exists to foster behaviors, to identify traits and raise up the talents and abilities of the people, but it does not create a new man – that’s the delusion of Marxism. The Marxist believes that all human beings are interchangeable and with the right “society” you’ll have the perfect new man.

    All boys need to be taught what it means to be a man. Responsibility, identity, duty, that doesn’t come as easily or as naturally as people want to believe. The difference is that white and Asian boys must learn to become men in their society, while blacks must learn to be anything other than black. They’re trying to tell us that pygmies are giants. The problem is they don’t live in a society where dwarfism is the norm.

  • 4321realist

    The best thing the community organizer can do is to vigorously condemn the black rhetoric blaming everybody but themselves for being unable to compete mentally in a first world society, which is what is fueling black anti-white hate and resulted in a one-sided black on white race war for decades now.

    Of course that means convincing them….and the entire population…. to recognize that it is their own shortcomings that have caused them to fail, and obviously that’s not going to happen, so I don’t care how many organizations he puts together to try to elevate little black thugs it won’t make one iota of difference.

    • ThomasER916

      Unless your goal was to plunder whites, then that’s the exact opposite of what you’d want to do.

  • Easyrhino1

    That just how “black folks will do you”

  • John R

    Yep. Once again, a president for 13% of the population. The rest of us can just pay our taxes and STFU, according to him.

    • Major

      Less than that…way less.

  • Truth Teller

    Katherine McChesney is absolutely right about Obama’s natural Father, communist Frank Marshall Davis. Now that Obama is getting older, he resembles Davis more and more.
    Obama is he careful product of a communist breeding program. There were thousands of commie girl black man unions from 1920 on. The commies wanted to breed black revolutionaries and they did. Harry Belafonte’s White wife was also a communist which is why he helped fund MLK and why he is in Venezuela with Danny glover and Sean Penn supporting the communist dictator.
    .

  • Truth Teller

    Having observed every President since LBJ, I don’t think Obama is any more anti White than the any White president since 1963. Obama is just more open and honest about it. Most of the damaging court decisions occurred before he entered high school

    • Max

      Good point but what you call open and honest I call in-whitey’s-face.

    • LACountyRedneck

      Puppets all bleed the same color sawdust. But true, obongo is a proud hater of Whites.

  • Major

    It’s not about wages. It’s about changing the entire demographics of this country, from white to black to mixed, to brown…..to 3rd world…period.

  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    We don’t need to play Ann Coulter’s hunch. We already have a real world example to prove her point.

    Western North Dakota, i.e. oil country.

    Nobody but nobody will work even the lowliest jobs there for less than $15 an hour, in spite of the fact that the state minimum wage is $7.25. But even if the state nor the Feds had a minimum wage at all, the effective natural minimum wage in that area would still be $15 an hour.

    Why?

    High demand for labor (the domino effect of the oil boom) combined with a tight supply (check out the polar vortex temperatures from this winter in western North Dakota).

    Unfortunately, guess who’s starting to show up in that area.

    That’s right. Hispanics.

    • Luca

      All “Boom” towns also have a very high cost of living index, therefore for the workers to live there and eat there they must make high wages. Food and housing become precious commodities in a relatively short period of time.

      Most of the people who really made fortunes during the gold rush were not the miners themselves but the people selling supplies, food, liquor and rooms for rent.

  • BonV.Vant

    Well Russia is about to open defy this administration and take the Crimea, if not more of the Ukraine. Let the High Monkey In Charge fiddle with this nonsense, he is about to be shown to be quite ineffectual.

  • scutum

    Ah be stylin!

  • Truth Teller

    “foundations, businesses and non-profit” Julius Rosenwald, chief financial officer of Sears Roebuck was doing this more than 100 years ago. He diverted some of the profits of Sears to funding black high schools all over the south. Those schools were supposed to produce a black middle class.
    Didn’t work then and won’t work now. Rosenwald’s “charity” was not exactly charitable. It was a move to divert prosecution from Theodore Roosevelt’s trust busting efforts. The Rockefellers began the medical research Rockefeller institute at the same time and for the same reason. The Rockefeller institute did excellent work.
    “help the southern blacks” was a big cause among northeast rich liberals in the early 20th century. Writer Nora Zeale Hurston was subsidized by some New York ladies.

    • Marc Zuckurburg

      It’s like my father and some of my Rabbis always taught me. When the goy have you boxed in, give a bunch of money to black people.

      Yeah, sure, writing that $100 million check to the Newark Public Schools was painful. But that’s just part of life.

  • gsrider

    Lesson 1 in helping minority boys succeed:
    Blame whitey.
    End of lesson.

  • 4321realist

    “Obama Embraces a Lifelong Cause: Helping Minority Boys Succeed,”

    What’s he going to do, give them a brain transplant?

    First of all let’s understand one important thing. The only ‘minority” boys who comprise a dysfunctional group are blacks. Though Hispanics are not excelling as a group, they’re head and shoulders above blacks, and they’re getting along pretty well, and some of them are improving significantly. Indians, Asians, Middle Easterners, etc. are all outperforming blacks at an even larger margin.

    So when Obama says he wants to help “minority boys succeed,” he’s referring exclusively to blacks, because they’re in last place in I.Q., learning, and other mental abilities, plus most all of them are beset with a propensity toward crime and violence, mostly due to their very primitive nature and the same lack of intelligence that causes them to fail to learn and achieve.

    Obama doesn’t mention blacks exclusively, because to do so would shine the spotlight on them as the only real failures produced by this society as a group and, in so doing, he would admit that it is only blacks who can’t cut it really.

    That would shut down the grievance and “blame whitey” industry completely.
    So by always including blacks in with “people of color” he’s drawing attention away from black failure, giving him the advantage of pretending every non-white is failing….not just blacks….and it helps him maintain the implication that everybody suffers at the hands of whites, because they’re unfair and evil.

    Too, it’s important to note that blacks hate….and fight with….other non-blacks far more than they do with whites. And MANY non blacks are horrified when they’re included with blacks as “people of color” who can’t succeed..

  • antiquesunlight

    Most everybody has had a relative or friend that is trouble. Eventually, you have to tell them enough is enough and cut them off. Blacks are exactly like that relative. People think if they help them out *one* *more* *time*, they will straighten out. But they always just get worse. As a society, we are rapidly approaching the point at which we either make the decision to cut them off, or we sink because of them.

    “…the array of forces that make it hard for young black men to succeed.”
    What forces??? I hate how these people write. They write like the universe itself is against black people and is actively working against them. The best thing we could ever do for blacks is have some tough love for them: say “no more. You’re on your own.” They will never grow up if we don’t do that.

    • FransSusan

      Phrases such as “…the array of forces that make it hard for young black men to succeed” really chaps my azz! Geez. What more do they want. Billions of productive taxpayers’ $$ have been spent trying to ameliorate the never-ending black-failure-to-succeed problem and nothing works and never will! We’re all sick of hearing such crap and even sicker of having to pay for endless moocher programs for the parasites.

  • MystiKasT

    When are whites going to get something for ourselves? We pay for everything and get nearly nothing in return.

    • antiquesunlight

      That’s your white privilege.

  • Tarczan

    This guys’ bungling is going to start WW3 and as long as he can blame it on Bush he is ok with it.

    • http://www.amren.com/ Michael Christopher Scott

      The ex-president of the Ukraine is doing his best to start WW-3. Public protests force him out of office? Beg Putin to be “strict” with the Ukraine. The idea of asking a foreign power to harm my own nation is utterly alien to me.

  • Berkeley Guy

    Wow, maybe if my parent died then I don’t get to have the things you listed…

    I blame people who verbally and physically abuse me for making the choice to do those things.

    When did I blame all the problems in my life on non-Europeans?

  • http://www.amren.com/ Michael Christopher Scott

    I don’t get any of that 2.57 percent.

    • JohnEngelman

      My point is that those who hate taxes greatly exaggerate the cost of programs they do not like. The Republican Party encourages them to.

      During the campaign of 1980 Ronald Reagan said that if elected he could cut taxes, raise defense spending, and balance the budget without cutting popular domestic spending programs. He was so stupid he may have believed that was possible. It was not possible then. It has not become possible since.

  • Dale McNamee

    Obama,NAACP and other liberal “pro-black” groups, rich “progressives”, “Obama Believers”, etc. should use their own money for this… Not the taxpayers…
    That won’t happen… Never does…

  • Randall Ward

    What the hell is this article about? It says nothing.