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article imageAfrican-American boys need to be bolstered, says Obama

By Matthew Hendricks     Jul 19, 2013 in Politics
President Barack Obama says the United States needs to figure out how to make African-American boys and young black men feel included in society.
News.yahoo.com reports that president Obama said as part of a speech today that distrust shadows African-American men: They sometimes are closely followed when they shop at department stores, and they can draw nervous stares on elevators and hear car locks clicking when they walk down the street, experiences that Obama said he personally felt before becoming a public figure.
Earlier Obama had said that if he had a son the boy would have looked like Martin Trayvon, and even intensified the emotion to the phraze "Trayvon Martin could've been me 35 years ago."
"How do we bolster and reinforce our African-American boys? It's something Michelle and I talk about a lot," Obama said as part of an impromptu speech on race in the wake of the Zimmerman trial, according to usnews.com.
Obama said it's time "for all of us to do some soul searching."
In a video (above) by The Washington Post, Obama said in his speech "Is there more that we can do to give them (African-American boys) a sense that their country cares about them and values them, and is willing to invest in them?"
Obama said he did not intend to create a "grand federal program" to deal with the issue, but to encourage business leaders, lawmakers, clergy, celebrities and athletes to ensure young black Americans feel they are a full part of American society.
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