David Amakobe5 months ago
If you were born in America, and you are Latino or Black, you should already know the lay of the land. You know that by birth, you will start off with a lower credit score, you will need to work twice as hard to earn half as much recognition and to avoid "trouble" with the Law. You will need to know how to navigate the many barriers that have erected physically, socially,psychologically and legally to keep you in your place. If you are a man then you know that you very being in threatening to society. Those are the facts, that is the hand that every young Latino and black person is dealt in the USA.
Then you are expected to trust the system, because any early flag that you do not trust or conform will be used against you throughout your life. It's also a fact that systems and altitudes are like tankers, you cannot stop or turn them very fast!
We know that any human relationship is rocky and it takes commitment to remain in one. Marriage is a special relationship that is even rockie, but it provides stability to children if they can find it. Considering these facts, taking into account that the system makes it more profitable to be a single mother, Latino and Black men have to navigate minefields in the homes just to remain there! I actually know two of three cases where case officers advised benefits applicants that it would be better if they were single parents - two of them took the advice!
Many people responding say that Obama should not say what he says but it needs to be said, and everyone need to look in the mirror.
Anytime someone says something need to be done by another, for them to succeed, I shutter because at the end of the day Latino and Black men and women will have to work within the system, navigating until they have the controls to change it, otherwise nobody cares!
I agree with the president, we are our brothers keeper but the brother need to recognize the lay of the land and stop punching the brick wall!