“The plain fact is there are some Americans who, in the aggregate, are consistently doing worse in our society—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,” Obama said in February. “And by almost every measure, the group that is facing some of the most severe challenges in the 21st century in this country are boys and young men of color.”
The president has also vowed to create an environment where all African-American students receive an education that fully gets them ready for high school graduation, college completion and productive careers in a highly competitive global job market.
In January, in an article published in the New Yorker, Obama talked candidly about his blackness.
“There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a Black president,” Obama said. “Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I’m a Black president.”
Obama is boldly telling his truth—and I’m eager to hear it.
What do you think?
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