President Barack Obama deserves praise in taking a long awaited step Thursday to create a program for young men of color.
The five-year, $200 million effort is called My Brother’s Keeper. It is directed toward minority males who disproportionately fail and then drop out of school.
They have a disproportionately high unemployment rate and are targeted most by racial profiling. Under Obama’s program, businesses, foundations and community groups will direct investments to create or support existing programs to keep young people of color in school and out of the grasp of the criminal justice system.
Obama’s effort is a great start. It just has to continue and grow to make a meaningful difference in the lives of black and Hispanic people whom society long ago segregated, isolated and abandoned.