President Obama was criticized for not acknowledging the problem of urban teens who desert their families, drop out of school and end up in gangs.
To the president ‘s credit, he has teamed with My Brothers’ Keeper and Chris Paul, President of the NBPA, to spend money helping “men of color.”
While Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder calls the administration’s critics racist, calls for a dialogue about race are heard.
Some hear that it’s OK to have a dialogue if it is complimentary and accommodating. Cold, hard questions are taboo, like why do we need My Brothers’ Keeper?
If the next president has a program for low-income white teens, what would the reception be?
A truthful dialogue can’t begin without being able to speak the truth without being labeled a racist.