It’s funny how a close election can make you rethink your political stance.
For the first three and a half years of his administration, Black constituents (mainly the Congressional Black Caucus) have practically begged President Obama for special attention to address staggeringly poor numbers in Black student achievement, economic performance and youth violence rates.
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And for those three and a half years, Obama has resisted that call – saying that programs targeted for any specific segment of the population was the wrong way to go.
Obama said a better strategy was to target programs to the masses, regardless of color or ethnicity, and everyone would benefit. But with a close re-election race looming in November, Obama has changed his tune to some degree, creating the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.