President Obama calls for minority youth outreach programme
An emotional Obama recalled the anger he felt as a young man growing up without a father
US President Barack Obama has called for a national campaign to improve opportunities for black and Hispanic boys and young men.
Called My Brother’s Keeper, a new effort he announced on Thursday aims to overcome the socioeconomic conditions keeping such youth from thriving.
The White House said businesses had pledged $150m (£89m) to promote it.
The president said it was an “outrage” that black and Hispanic men in the US fared so much worse than white men.
“I believe the continuing struggles of so many boys and young men – the fact that too many of them are falling by the wayside, dropping out, unemployed, involved in negative behaviour, going to jail, being profiled – this is a moral issue for our country,” Mr Obama said at the White House, with more than a dozen black and Hispanic young men and boys standing behind him.