New, Explicit Focus for Obama: ‘Young Men of Color’

Jenee Desmond-Harris, The Root, January 28, 2014

In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama, in a relatively rare explicit mention of the race-related goals of a policy, hinted at a planned educational initiative to benefit “young men of color.”

“I’m reaching out to some of America’s leading foundations and corporations on a new initiative to help more young men of color facing tough odds stay on track and reach their full potential,” he said in remarks on efforts to offer hands-on training, give colleges incentives to offer better value and ensure that “no middle-class kid is priced out of a college education.”

He did not offer any details on the nature of the partnerships.

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  • NeanderthalDNA

    Step one – hurt Whites.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    If the goal is to ensure that no middle-class kid is priced out of college then why limit the program to men of color? And if Asians and Indians have higher average incomes than whites and and generally have high qualifications for college admittance, is this program really for men of color or is it for blacks and Hispanics who have lower qualifications?

    • Tom B

      It’s all about the Marxist agenda to disenfranchise whites. It’s actually a genocide
      which started decades ago. Obama has his dobermans ready in the guise of prisoners, gang members and other black street thugs ready to create a race war.
      Whites are completely cowered and have nowhere to go

  • “Reach/realize their full potential”

    Should be a permanent drinking game.

    Really, how much potential does someone with an IQ of 85 have?

    And what’s this malarkey about affordable college, when everything Democrats do makes college way more expensive and way less affordable?

    • NeanderthalDNA

      “Reach/realize their full potential”

      That was reached a few days after Affirmative Action kicked in.

      • Non Humans

        Age-wise their full-potential is reached by 8 years of age. I may be being a tad generous there.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          And in Afreaka their top leaders may be up to 10 or 12 year olds intellectually.

          Lord of the Flies land indeed!

      • “Reach/realize their full potential”

        I am fairly certain that we already have a prison system for this.

        • Sure, there’s that.

          But “reach/realize their/one’s full potential” is a favorite phrase of PR duckspeak that you see all over. It seems like half of the goods or services that you could buy are said to help you realize your full potential.

          • I would like a 3-D printer and a laser metal sinterer for my basement workshop, as these would help me realize my full potential, but the federal government has not made this a matter of public policy.

  • libertarian1234

    “……hinted at a planned educational initiative to benefit “young men of color.”

    Hahahahaha!

    “Young men of color,” eh?

    Really funny.

    What he means are blacks.

    If he had said what he meant, he would be admitting that blacks can’t cut it. Instead “people of color” is a cover phrase wherein blacks have included themselves, designed to pretend that it isn’t only blacks who can’t learn.

    While Hispanics are below the national average, they still outperform blacks by a whole lot. And the other “young men of color” are head and shoulders above them.

    • Andrew

      And Hispanics/Latinos really resent being lumped in with blacks! When did we decide to conflate these two groups?

      • Non Humans

        When South and Central America began invading the US.

    • 1stworlder

      I know Hispanics that publicly make fun of blacks that whites couldn’t get away with.

    • dukem1

      I was once talking with a group of folks and referred to someone as “that colored guy”. Some lib in the group sort of called me out and asked “Oh, what color was he?” I’ll admit I felt kind of bad for not being properly PC…(not really too bad, understand.)…but so it goes.
      So, Mr. President, what color are they?

      • model1911

        I would have replied : the color of death.

  • Truthseeker

    Most “young men of color” who are intelligent, competent and good do reach their full potential. This mythical “racism” doesn’t hold them back. Also, there are plenty of opportunities afforded to them that aren’t afforded to whites, so this idea that these races’ high rates of failure are attributable to someone else’s prejudice is ridiculous. Enough already.

    • dukem1

      I pretty much agree…thing is, Preezy don’t understand that these young men cannot “stay on track” when they are raised off the rails.

    • Karen

      The failures cry “racism” and the successful ones are called “Uncle Tom’s.”

  • Spartacus

    Most “young men of color” who have a minimally functional brain had the decency to kill themselves by now .

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    New, Explicit Focus for Obama: ‘Young Men of Color’

    As opposed to those pathetic “colorless” ones, I suppose.

  • Allan477

    Seems to me I learned in elementary school that white includes all colors; black is a total absence of color!

    • Katherine McChesney

      If you mix all colors what you get is black.

      • Non Humans

        Or a vomit green-brown color that is very descriptive of their highest achievements and contributions.

    • In the light spectrum this is true.

  • bigone4u

    Education has become the mythical “magic bullet” for late 20th century and 21st century America. More spending on education followed by even more and more for the last 50 years in a fruitless quest for equality that can NEVER be achieved. The liberal nostrum of more education spending is tired and shopworn. Yet here we go again.

    The reality is that there is NOTHING holding back a talented black these days. My goodness, at my former university there was an endless quest to hire them, paying them 50 to 100 percent more than equally or more talented white males.

    Look, you idiots in Congress. We no longer are wealthy enough as a nation to afford the price tag on your myths. Get real, if you can. If not, realize you are contributing significantly to the wealth destruction that is driving this country to third world status. If there is a hell, you can look forward to it in the next life, while our grandchildren live it in this life.

    • MBlanc46

      Let me just underscore two of your points. Qualified blacks have a red carpet rolled out for them. It’s only the stupid and the criminal who are “facing tough odds”. And even if we could do something for them, we can no longer afford it. We’re tapped out. Broke. Skint. Reduced to paying next Tuesday for a hamburger today.

    • dukem1

      Absolutely no one mentions the cost..His BS re: universal pre-K…
      Considering that today school is pretty muck K-12…13 years…adding another grade is adding at a minimum 7% to the total $ spent on education…probably more, since there are probably regulations mandating lower teacher/pupil ratios for kids that young…

  • 2eRep

    Easy access to weapons.

  • r j p

    What Obama really said:

    Every black male deserves the chance to rape a drunk White woman, or man in his case.

  • ncpride

    As per usual, the Republicans don’t say a word about his race based preferential treatment of ‘his people’. They should have loudly called him out on his racist comments and made him explain further. He’s about to unleash his pet Holder to ‘reach out’ to Whitey no doubt with threats of lawsuits. He’ll reach out all right…Give me money and hire black males or we’ll sue you for discrimination!

  • Funruffian

    “I’m reaching out to some of America’s leading foundations and corporations on a new initiative to help more young men of color facing tough odds stay on track and reach their full potential,”
    The toughest of all their odds is their innately inferior IQ, followed by incorrigible behavior poor studying habits and abysmal school records. The latter two can be improved with extreme coddling and implementing laws that pacify and continuously support the Blacks in every possible way. But making any appreciable improvement to their IQ is virtually impossible.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      “I’m reaching out to some of America’s leading foundations and corporations on a new initiative to help more young men of color take jobs and scholarships young White men are more qualified for. This will make us more competitive.”

  • LIBERTYSINCURSION

    “He did not offer any details on the nature of the partnerships.” Well, how about I fill you in to the nature of these so called “partnerships”. For the most part, that “partnership” will be as these things always are. The active and blatant discrimination against deserving whites who work hard and get by on what they earn. In order to give opportunities to undeserving blacks who get by not on that which they earn, but on that which they demand to be given due to the color of their flesh. I call it, black privilege.

    Because any honest person who looks at the state of race relations in America today will see. That the only race who is consistently given unearned privileges and benefits for no other reason than the color of their skin, are black, period. Whites do not get s— simply for being white! Well, that is of course other than the bill for all the privileges and benefits given to the forever GibsMeDat blacks of America. Yet, they still have the nerve to speak about so called “white privilege”. And as we all know, the biggest recipient of black privilege today sits in the White house not in spite of his race, but because of his race.

    • Non Humans

      Another reason that I refer to them as nonhumans. What would be a more despicable label for the enabling libtards?

  • eavesmac

    Flashback to the seventies; ‘for a mind is a terrible thing to waste, so give now to the United Negro College Fund.’ Should I even say, ‘how’s that working for ya?’

    • NoMosqueHere

      A Waste is a Terrible Thing to Mind.

  • Jesse James

    Just like I always suspected, Obama is not my President at all. He only represents People of Color and those whites that abase themselves before their colored masters. Good, I enjoy the mental clarity of understanding who/whom. Lenin slow pitched this ball and Obama knocked it out of the park.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    “The president didn’t give much detail on the rare race-specific language…”

    Translation, courtesy of Richard Pryor:

    Thank God we got penitentiaries!

  • John K

    The only “education” these vermin understand comes with a stay at the nearest department of corrections, and even then they don’t learn.

  • negrolocaust

    three blacks just beat a 60 yr old white bus driver in knockout attack flint mi..

  • wildfirexx

    Funny, I was always under the impression that white was also considered a color…as a mater of fact white is still the only racial color that is still acceptable under PC terminology.
    We have African Americans, Asian Americans, Native or First nation Americans, Hispanic or Latino americans, and so on…but when’s the last time you heard “Whites” referred to as European Americans. So hey folks, maybe he’s talking about Us! lol

  • angrywhiteman

    by helping them reach their full potential does he mean make it easier for them to steal.rape, murder and sponge off of white tax payers?
    they’ve been on this earth as long as the rest of us ..why are we always having to “help” these worthless pieces of excrement?
    Africans are by far the the most useless and pathetic of ALL forms of life that currently or ever have, inhabited the earth!

  • Don Sebold

    Guarantee panthers will be present,Bill Ayers,CAIR,socialists from across America ….real constitutional event….if whites did this they would be called racist….but it’s ok for him to segregate

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    Reaching their full potential… Obama is funding more maximum security prisons??

  • emiledurk16

    Gotta break with our president on this one. Sarcasm

    My sentiments and actions are driven to benefit young white men and women.

    Oooooo, such a racist.

  • NoMosqueHere

    Hopefully Hussein is reaching out to corporations like McDonalds, and Universities like Hamburger U. — if he wants his “colored” initiative to be successful.

  • Katherine McChesney

    In Art school, one of the first things they teach is to train students to see various colors in black and white.

  • JohnEngelman

    “I’m reaching out to some of America’s leading foundations and corporations on a new initiative to help more young men of color facing tough odds stay on track and reach their full potential,” he said in remarks on efforts to offer hands-on training, give colleges incentives to offer better value and ensure that “no middle-class kid is priced out of a college education.”

    – Jenee Desmond-Harris, The Root, January 28, 2014

    I have read from several sources, so I suspect that it is true, that over two thirds of colleges and universities accept anyone with tuition money and a high school degree.

    Someone who goes to one of those schools and majors in the liberal arts or the social sciences has wasted time and money. One who wishes to study those subjects can do so for free in public libraries.

    A major in black studies probably makes a black person less employable than no college degree at all. Black studies courses suggest if they do not maintain that the lack of black achievement geographically and historically is the result of white racism. A black person with a degree in black studies is likely to view American society with a sense of personal grievance.

    Such a person will be a negative influence in a work environment.

  • Max

    “stay on track and reach their full potential”

    The LAST thing we need are these budding criminals reaching ther full potential.

  • Max

    More inane drivel to placate the left and his constituency “of color” -as if they actually wanted to produce something.