Top White House officials had an hour-long meeting with a group of scholars and activists calling for the inclusion of girls of color in President Obama’s signature racial justice program known as My Brother’s Keeper. The meeting included the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has championed MBK, and top activists and academics who signed a letter criticizing the initiative for focusing on boys and young men of color without a corollary for girls of color.Personally I don't even think they should have gotten the hour. But that's my opinion. "Girls of color"? I assure the reader that "girls of color" are not the subject of the MBK because "girls of color" are not the group dealing with the issues that the black boys (and lets be clear, this was and is for black boys, but a certain other group was added for political reasons).
Today, Valerie Jarrett, Tina Tchen and Broderick Johnson met with a group of stakeholders to discuss how they could work more closely with the White House Council on Women and Girls (CWG) to increase opportunities for girls and young women of color. During the meeting, the officials walked through the Administration’s accomplishments on issues critical to women and girls of color.Issues? Compared to the issues MBK is meant to address, what issues rise to the same level? What are they and why weren't they even LISTED? Let me inform the reader as to why MBK was created. 1)
oday there are 2,670,000 black women with a four-year degree or better. This compares to only 1,909,000 black men. Therefore, it turns out that black women account for almost 58 percent of all the African Americans who have completed four years of college or more in our country. For those African Americans who have only a bachelor’s degree but no higher degree, black women have an even larger lead. There are 1,874,000 black women with a bachelor’s degree compared to 1,341,000 black men. Some 669,000 black women hold a master’s degree compared to 409,000 black men. Thus, black women hold 62 percent of all African-American master’s degrees, an even larger share of their total in bachelor’s degree attainments.Speaking of Degrees
black women now earn nearly two thirds of all new professional degrees earned by African Americans. Therefore, it will only be a few years before black women overtake black men in the total number of professional degrees held by living African Americans.[ibid]So in terms of education, one of the things MBK is meant to address, what "issue of women and girls" is in need of addressing that required attacking MBK? 2)
The data in the new paper is equally fascinating, and on one level, as you might expect, quite troubling. To begin with, the dramatic disparities the rates of nonfatal gunshot injury: overall it’s 46.5 per 100,000 for the city as a whole from 2006-2012. It’s 1.62 per 100,000 for whites; 28.72 for Hispanics, and 112.83 for blacks. For all males, it’s 44.68 per 100,000; 239.77 for black males, and for black males from 18-34 it’s 599.65. As Papachristos and co-authors Christopher Wildeman and Elizabeth Roberto point out, that’s a staggering one in 200.Chicago Gun Violence: Big Numbers, But a Surprisingly Small NetworkDo these people know that the the number one killer of black males between 15 and 40 is assault (homicide)? Knowing all this, we have to ask: Why did these women (and their male counterparts) decide to literally butt in? Does gender resentment run so deep that it has come to the point that when an attempt, however feeble, is made to address the issues that affect black boys, issues that if addressed will have greater benefits for black girls and women, they cannot simply let it happen? How do you call for "gender equity" in MBK (therefore no longer making it My Brother's Keeper), when the issues being addressed by MBK are not "equitable"?