While speaking at the President Obama initiative dubbed “My Brother’s Keeper,” Obama revealed something shocking about his salad days.
Speaking at the White House East Room during the lunching, Obama said a lot of American young men consistently do worse in society, with odds piled against them.
In the room, flanked by teenagers involved in the “Becoming a Man” program to help endangered boys in his hometown of Chicago, President Obama said he sees himself in the young men who do worse things in the society.
According to him:
“I made bad choices. I got high, not always thinking about the harm it could do. I didn’t always take school as seriously as I should have. I made excuses. Sometimes I sold myself short.”
Obama said, ticking off statistics on fatherhood, literacy, crime and poverty:
“By almost every measure the group that’s facing some of the most severe challenges in the 21st century in this country are boys and young men of color.”
“We assume this is an inevitable part of American life instead of the outrage that it is.”
He noted that there have been changes so far, and that his presence in world government is a testament to that progress. But he wants more to be done because the moral and economic issue is still posing a big challenge to the country.
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The President Obama initiative calls on businesses, foundations and community groups to coordinate their investments to support or create programs that will keep black and Latino youths of race in school and out of the criminal justice system.
The initiative aims to offer more opportunities to young minority men, and to improve their impoverished conditions.
The President Obama Initiative, which is a corporate-backed nonprofit organization to assist boys and young men of color, was described by the leader as a group that will outlast his presidency and advance his administration’s goal of achieving greater racial and social justice.
It is also functioning to providing the youths’ access to higher education as well as preparing young men to be more successful when entering the workforce, a goal to which several foundations had pledged at least $200 million.