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200 Black Men Pen Open Letter Criticizing Pres. Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative For ‘Victim Blaming’

Reported by Kacie Whaley

President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative (MBK) is being put on the spot by some more members of the black community.  Earlier this May, many organizations that focus on assisting black youth revealed to the public that the requirements for receiving a portion of MBK’s $150 million in funds exclude many smaller, lesser-known organizations.  This time, the spotlight is being shown on MBK’s failure to include women and girls in the initiative.

Approximately 200 black men, including actor Danny Glover, organized to devise a letter to the President urging for him to not only rethink neglecting the needs of black women and girls, but also address the fact that the adversity that African Americans face is largely based on systemic barriers that exist, rather than simply not trying hard enough.

Keise Laymon, Vassar College professor and an organizer of the group, explained the diversity of the men involved in addressing the President.  “The men who came together to lift up this issue are organizers, professors, recently incarcerated, filmmakers, taxi drivers, college students, high school teachers, ministers, former pro­-athletes, fathers of sons, and fathers of daughters.  These men, identifying as straight, queer and transgender, all share a commitment to the expansion of My Brother’s Keeper ­­and all other national youth interventions to include an explicit focus on the structural conditions that negatively impact all youth of color.”

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9 thoughts on “200 Black Men Pen Open Letter Criticizing Pres. Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative For ‘Victim Blaming’

  1. Da JembeQUEEN

    People are never satisfied… smh. If Danny Glover wants to do something for girls, let him. This is for the boys. Leave it alone!

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    • Renee

      I agree totally! There is SPACE for FEMALES somewhere else. No NEED for him and other BUTT KISSERS to HATE on what these young men have!!! SMH!

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  2. naima

    Being the father of two girls, I cannot believe the president would have missed the wisdom of creating an initiative for Black women and girls! The worst thing President Obama’s initiative could do at this juncture – of rapid societal and global change in politics, sciences, engineering, medicine, technology et al, – is exclude the women and the girls. Because Black girls are left largely to the dereliction of the public school system, they too are not being adequately prepared for COLLEGE. As it stands, Black women and girls are being outpaced by females of other racial and ethnic groups whose increased emigration in ever larger numbers from China, India, and elsewhere for educational and career opportunity in the U.S. will be felt. Of those who are already on these campuses, they are oftentimes sorely outnumbered. Sheer cost often makes many of these colleges and universities inaccessible. It would be cultural suicide to not implement an equally robust initiative for women and girls. If Black women are left behind, it will be the making of an yet another type of ghettoizing and serve to further the entrenchment of poverty already experienced by many Black women and girls. President Obama may be our “last chance” at such an initiative for quite awhile. Black women and girls need any and all initiatives he can pass while in office to be viable in this society and competitive in the changing economic times.

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  3. Vicky

    For 4 years some blacks what is he going to do for us. Now he’s trying to do something for the young males. SMH what the fuck do you want him to do?

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  4. Butch

    Black people need not critisize this dummy. Instead put a program together using our funds that delagate assistance to needy people of all races. Its ridiculous to complain about tax payer’s money being allocated to something like this. They will always do what they want with tax payer’s money.

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  5. len

    I agree with daJembaQUEEN Too often programs are geared towards our women and girls, never the men and boys, unless of course it’s about mainstreaming those who were recently released from prison. This program is about prevention and uplifting. While many programs for the female genders “empower” females, they also create a further schism between our men and women, purposely, making them more inclusive to whites than the community they come from. .

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  6. Ms..KB

    I mean really…you can’t win for losing…this initiative is not for girls…its for boys and young men…women don’t need to be included in everything…and why didn’t any of these people com.e up with their own global out reach….where was all this requirement when Bush was in office?

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  7. Gerda Belfor

    I can’t understand my people, no one of us can do anything right without criticism, if I am right, our guys need this more,because if we have strong men in our community,than it will be well with our girls.There must be a start.The media see our men always layer and now our boys get the change to become a strong men in the society and that is not good … wake up my people …May Peace be with you all

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  8. Gerda Belfor

    I can’t understand my people, no one of us can do anything right without criticism, if I am right, our guys need this more, because if we have strong men in our community, than it will be well with our girls.There must be a start.The media see our men always layer and now our boys get the change to become strong men in the society and that is not good … wake up my people …May Peace be with you all

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