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Friday, May 8, 2015

"An equal shot", 'if' you're willing to work for it

President Obama, in an effort to extend his initiative to assist young men of color with opportunities, announces his My Brother's Keeper Alliance.  The Alliance is a new nonprofit organization of private sector organizations and companies that have committed themselves to  opening doors for young people.

Using his familiar 'no matter who, where, what, how' mantra, the president reiterated to a group of your men of color that, "if you work hard, if you take responsibility, America is the place where you can make something of your lives", said the president.

Adding, "We do strive to guarantee an equal shot for everybody who's willing to work for it."



The Alliance announcement comes on the heels of recent riots in Baltimore after a young, unarmed Freddie Gray, 25, died at the hands of cops who shackled him like an animal and put him in a police van, unrestrained. Gray sustained a spinal injury, paralyzing him from the neck down.  He later died after a week-long hospital stay.  It remains unclear how Gray became paralyzed after being arrested for no probable cause.

Six (6) police officers were used to arrest, Freddie Gray, who appears to not have weighed more than 170 pounds, without confrontation.   The six officers have been indicted on charges of misconduct, false imprisonment and other charges.  The decision was announced May 1 by State Attorney Marilyn Mosby.  Since her announcement, newly confirmed Attorney General Loretta Lynch called for an independent investigation from the Department of Justice into the practices of the Baltimore police department.

See also: Justice Department Opens Pattern or Practice Investigation into the Baltimore Police Department

Baltimore is one of America's high-poverty areas where young people lack opportunities.

Said the president on making lives better for all children, "We won't get there when we have impoverished communities that have been stripped away of opportunity, and where, in the richest nation on earth, children are born into abject poverty."

Abject poverty is still no excuse for brutality, and murder, by America's law enforcement.  The Gray police murder follows a long line of police induced (and involved) murders of young African American men - across the country, to include Ferguson and New York.

See also
Atlanta, GA police under investigation for death of Matthew Ajibades


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