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February 27th, 2014
09:36 PM ET

Pres. Obama announces 'My Brother's Keeper' initiative to help young minority men

(CNN) – In a moving and honest message Thursday, President Barack Obama challenged young minority men to make good choices.

"Part of our message in this initiative is 'no excuses'. Government and private sector and philanthropy and all the faith communities, we have the responsibility to provide you the tools you need," he said at a White House event.

"We need to help you knock down some of the barriers that you experience," he continued. "That's what we are here for but you have responsibilities too."

The message was part of his new initiative called "My Brother's Keeper," where leading foundations and businesses will donate at least $200 million over five years towards programs aimed at minority youth of color.

Transcript: Obama announces 'My Brother's Keeper'

"This is as important as any issue that I work on. It's an issue that goes to the very heart of why I ran for President because if America stands for anything, it stands for the opportunity for everybody – the notion of no matter who you are or where you came from of the circumstances under which you were born – if you work hard, if you take responsibility then you can make it in this country," he said.

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  1. D ROWE

    I am normally a regular viewer, but I have to tell you Erin, I could not watch the show last night ,I turned the channel, I am 57 yrs old and can not tell you, how tired I am of listening to tavis smiley, jesse jackson , spike lee, jim brown , johnny cochran, and any african american that can speak, being on t.v. telling everybody how screwed we are, and how you owe us.It has been the entire length of my life, and it started before my life , and I can tell you, it will never end, no matter how good that group of people ends up living. The native americans are truly the needy, the rest is just belly aching as a business, they make so much money off of complaining, it will never end, shame on your show for giving them airtime,you have no idea after hearing it all these years ,how disgusting it is.For the record true discrimination, is against the elderly, wait until you make it to your 50,s you will understand, please dont put anymore whining on your show, nobody wants to listen to that crap.

    February 28, 2014 at 1:53 pm | Reply

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