The Comparative Suffering of “Black Girls’ Zero-Sum Struggle” and “My Brother’s Keeper”

Counter revolutionary strategies must be examined and dissolved through that examination. We empower all or all will fail.

Joshua Lawrence Lazard

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I didn’t have the pleasure of watching President Obama make the big reveal about the My Brother’s Keeper initiative that he’s launching from the White House.  I say that because I’ll never forget the impact of watching a live press conference on my lunch break last year and seeing Obama go off script about Trayvon Martin and hearing the words “Trayvon Martin could have been my son; he could have been me” coming from a president who was staring down not even looking into the cameras no doubt trying to maintain presidential composure.  The day he announced My Brother’s Keeper he had boys and young men of color standing behind him and watching the young man with cornrows speak at the White House was monumental.  Never in our country have we had someone speak about this issue who had the social and racial capital behind him.

However, like most political…

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