Obama Foundation Video Addresses “Opportunity Gaps”

But what does this Obama Foundation video want to encourage “young men of color” to do?

Saturday an Obama Foundation video was released to serve as a Public Service announcement for the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance. According to the video channel description,

My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance) is an independent, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) born out of President Obama’s call to action to ensure all of our nation’s boys and young men of color (BYMOC) have equal opportunity to live up to their full potential. In order to improve life outcomes, MBK Alliance is working to elevate the voices of our nation’s BYMOC and to unite business, philanthropy, nonprofit, community leaders, and youth around this critical work.

Here’s the video:

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How exactly is this message going to ensure that more minority young men stay away from crime, study hard in school, hold down a job, get and stay married, and do other hard things to better themselves?

The Washington Examiner reports,

Former President Barack Obama teamed up with musician Chance the Rapper and NBA star Stephen Curry in a new public service announcement for the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.

The ad was released Saturday on YouTube through the Obama Foundation, which launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative in 2014.

According to CBS News:

Obama launched the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative in 2014. At the time, the White House said its mission was to address “persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.”

Those opportunity gaps include schools that engage in grade fraud rather than teach students. And communities where young men attack and kill each other and others. How does the message in that video address those “persistent opportunity gaps.”

Read the entire Washington Examiner and CBS News stories.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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