Heralding Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes, Common, Janelle Monae, Ludacris, Chance the Rapper, Wale, and DJ Khaled as role models for “younger generations of blacks and other minorities” as part of his My Brother’s Keeper initiative, President Barack Obama invited the aforementioned musical hip hop and rap celebrities as mentors.
Rick Ross, a celebrity rapper, was also in attendance. TMZ reported that his ankle bracelet beeped while Obama was giving a speech, worn as a condition of his release in a case where he was charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault and aggravated battery.
The Obama Administration describes the initiative as taking on “barriers that disadvantaged youth face, particularly young men of color.”
Virtually no mention is made of familial dysfunction more acutely affecting blacks than the general population, specifically higher rates of children being raised by single parents (usually mothers), and higher rates of divorce. Promoting marriage as avenue for economic empowerment and spiritual enrichment is given nary a word.
Indirectly invoking the left-wing narrative of “mass incarceration” as a racist/racial phenomenon, the White House blames imprisonment of criminals for “reduced marriage rates among black women” over time.
Democrats, left-wing figures in media and politicking, and some Republicans have been calling for racial and ethnic quotas to be applied in jurisprudence, seeking numbers of those arrested, charged, and convicted to reflect racial and ethnic proportions within the broader population. Often using the term “criminal justice reform” as a euphemism a broad release of black and other minority criminals from prison, advocates for racial and ethnic quotas in the criminal justice system claim to be combating nebulous social forces they label “systemic discrimination” and “institutional racism.”
Proposed solutions from the Obama Administration all come in the form of greater government-driven redistribution of wealth and centralized economic planning, describing the proposals as “investments.” “Income inequality” is also attributed with worse outcomes for “children of color,” as if the higher earnings of wealthier families come at the expense of the lower earnings of poorer families.
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