President Obama launched the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative yesterday, sharing some powerful personal stories:
“I had people who encouraged me, not just my mom and grandparents, but wonderful teachers and community leaders. And they pushed me to work hard, and study hard, and make the most of myself. And if I didn’t listen, they said it again. And if I didn’t listen, they said it a third time – and they would give me second chances and third chances.
“They never gave up on me, and so I didn’t give up on myself.”
We give up on too damn many young men and women in this country. This program sounds like a good start to redressing that grievous wrong, but it’s just a drop in the bucket.
We need to do more, all of us, because we really are in this together. But how? Do y’all have any ideas about that, beyond supporting the one viable political party that acts like it gives a shit about anyone other than rich white men?
H/T: Valued commenter Lamh36