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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is obtaining commitments from foundations, businesses and community groups to help young minority men improve their employment opportunities and to intervene before some of them get sucked into the criminal justice system.

Obama is launching the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative Thursday, matching his State of the Union pledge to “help more young men of color … stay on track and reach their full potential.”

The president has invited business, foundation and community leaders to the White House Thursday to announce the effort.

The unemployment rate last month for African-American men over the age of 20 was 12 percent, compared with 5.4 percent for white men. Hispanic men over the age of 20 faced an unemployment rate of 8.2 percent.

Obama will also order his administration to examine programs that work and to discard those that do not help improve the lives of minority men. The White House pointed to bipartisan initiatives already underway to change criminal justice practices and guidelines.

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6 thoughts on “Obama Launches Effort to Help African-American and Latino Men

  1. political rhetoric to the max. He cares in his heart but if he wants to really d something he needs to be on deck to help out. Work at a foster youth camp mentor a young man (or woman).

  2. If he really wants to discard programs that don’t help the lives of minority men, the first one to cut is welfare. We are now several generations dependent on the Governments handouts. It has drained the motivation out of too many of us and is the core reason for the decline of our communities and morals.
    Holla’ at the Scholar

  3. VBucGreen on said:

    He can’t put everything on the table at once and if President Obama is able to push this job initiative, that’s a good thing. There are plenty of issues that is out there for our people, you just have to go after them. The Affordable Health Care Act for one; how man of our people are still walking around without insurance?

  4. October on said:

    Most of the Hispanics here are here illegally. We should concentrate on training our people. They sure as Hell aren’t concerned about us.

  5. joe Valdez on said:

    Election ploy! Why didn’t he start doing this back in 2009? He did it for the Homos why ? money money money money . Obama is so phoney.

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