Over 200 Black men wrote a letter to President Obama, expressing that the vision for his My Brother’s Keeper initiative may be shortsighted because of its exclusion of women and girls.
In the letter at African American Policy Forum they respectfully urge President Obama to consider including women and girls as part of the initiative for a number of reasons.
“We write as African American men who have supported your presidency, stood behind you when the inevitable racist challenges to your authority have emerged, and have understood that our hopes would be tempered by the political realities that you would encounter. While we continue to support your presidency, we write both out of a sense of mutual respect and personal responsibility to address what we believe to be the unfortunate missteps in the My Brothers Keeper initiative (MBK). In short, in lifting up only the challenges that face males of color, MBK — in the absence of any comparable initiative for females — forces us to ask where the complex lives of Black women and Black girls fit into the White House’s vision of racial justice?”
To read the letter in it’s entirety, click here.
BMWK Family, do you think Black women and girls should be a part of this initiative?
There is already the White House Council on Women & Girls. I don’t know if perhaps POTUS and others believe the GOC & WOC can fit under that initiative.