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For U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, America’s top lawyer, father, and self-described social activist, uplifting the nation’s Black boys and young men of color is not just a priority, it’s a principled mission.

Sitting at a long desk in a cavernous conference room inside the U.S Department of Justice, Holder, the nation’s first Black U.S. Attorney General, talks with passion and purpose when asked about President Barack Obama’s ambitious initiative, “My Brother’s Keeper,” a sweeping plan to empower the America’s young black men.

“When we think about the legacy of this President, I think this will be one of those critical parts,” Holder told me.

“I think to put the full weight of the presidency and the federal government behind an effort that is directed at a community within our nation that has for too long at best been forgotten and at worse mistreated, to mobilize the weight of the federal government is something that will serve him well as history judges him,” Holder said.

This is not just a mundane government project for Obama, not just another federal spreadsheet. It’s perhaps the cornerstone of his legacy – an opportunity for the nation’s first Black president to use his bully pulpit to help improve the quality of life for many African-American and Latino boys and young men who have been disenfranchised by a racially-imbalanced society.

Obama referred to “My Brother’s Keeper” last week at the White House when asked about his opinion on the Michael Brown case, the unarmed 18-year-old from Ferguson, Missouri who was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9.

The President said far too many young Black men have experienced frequent interactions with the criminal justice system at an early age.

“One of the things that we’ve done is to include the Department of Justice in this conversation under the banner of “My Brother’s Keeper” to see where can we start working with local communities to inculcate more trust, more confidence in the criminal justice system,” Obama said.

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3 thoughts on “COMMENTARY: Eric Holder Says My Brother’s Keeper May Be Obama’s Greatest Legacy

  1. Timekeeper on said:

    Congratulations to the Chicago Little League World Series Team!!! Thru incredible odds ( too many to mention) they are the best little league team in the United States. Even in their loss to South Korea they ended the game with a show of class many adults don’t even have. Not only did they almost have a come from behind rally to show they wouldn’t go down easy, they greeted their rivals at the end of the game by showing true sportsmanship and dignity.
    This U.S. Victory by these little boys from Chicago actually reminded me of the current situation in Ferguson. Why, you ask? Because although so many understand and appreciate the loss of Michael Brown and what his family is going thru, there are too many who do not. Over the past two weeks most of those naysayers kept asking “Why all of the fuss over Ferguson, when no one is doing anything about Chicago” Well, there is a lot being done in Chicago and these brave and exciting 11, 12, and 13 year old boys are proof of it. In the midst of having to go to practice to and from the baseball field over the mean streets of Chicago every day is a feat unto itself. This took a collective effort of a lot of parents, a lot of money, a lot of volunteers, and a whole, whole lot of many people to make this happen. In short, this was a collective effort of a lot of people over a long period of time. To some, this was just a baseball game. I am sure many at Faux news and their disciples will right it off as such. ( There has always been an effort to downplay and minimize the positive efforts of black people, Obama killing Osama Bin Laden is a perfect example. The troubles in Chicago ( and other places for that matter) are long, deep and complex. There is no overnight cure or magic bullet. But people have been and are trying very hard. It has taken years to get to the conditions these cities are in, and it is probably going to take as much time to fix. But Fox news in their usual dismissive manner has taken the issue of Ferguson to point the finger at Chicago and other places to say ( falsely I might add) that nothing is being done there. And too many, including BOUJI colored folks who either have grown up middle class themselves, Or somehow thru the grace of God they made it (although let them tell it God had nothing to do with it, they did it all themselves. While most of us know of the success of Venus and Serena Williams, not many know that they grew up in Compton. And at ages 7 & 8 Richard Williams would take them to the tennis court and would have to sweep the glass and debris almost every day from the previous night where gangs would congregate and leave the courts a mess. I would imagine that these boys faced similar obstacles.
    The sad part is that in a few years these boys will be looked at in the same way the police viewed Michael Brown unless something changes. People are doing many things in Chicago and this is just one bright, shiny example. To many this was just a baseball game. But it is more than that. This is one example of a collective effort to try to turn this city around. Whether anyone believes it or not. So, again congratulations to the Chicago little league baseball team. But not only that. Congratulations to these kids parents as well! Congratulations to their terrific coach and his coaching staff, they were superb. Bot not only that. Congratulations to those collective group of people in Chicago and beyond who gave their time, money and efforts to make this possible, to those who made a contribution in any way, because it took all of that, Yes all of that to make it possible. Yes, there will continue to be naysayers. Naysayers against this president, naysayers against Holder, basically naysayers against anyone who dares tell the truth about the state of America when it comes to race. My response to people like that.
    “What else is new, what else you got? Huh?” Cause that’s about as tired as Palin, Hannity, Cruz and Beck, As old as the Lawn Jockey Statue, and as worn out as the birther movement. If that is the crowd you like to run with, God Bless you.
    But these young boys deserve some dap, as well as everyone who continues to roll up their sleeves to make things like this happen. Enjoy your parade young men, enjoy your parade!!

  2. Holder is not going to do nothing!he snoring in a WW face. Also, he had reports dating back 3 years about Ferguson and many other Police Depts behavior with Racial Profiling and did nothing. He sleeping with the Enemy, so he is not going to do Nothing!

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