Obama's youth initiative

  • 3 Maret 2014
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Image caption Obama says he understands the difficulties faced by minority youths.

President Obama has launched an initiative called "My Brother's Keeper" to help young, minority men in the United States.

He said that these young men consistently do worse in society and urged stronger efforts to create more opportunities for them.

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Beth McLeod

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America's first black president has generally avoided policies defined by race, but in an emotional speech Mr Obama said it's an outrage that young Hispanic and African-American men have the odds stacked against them in US society.

He cited what he described as heart-breaking statistics, saying that these young men were more likely to have no father in the house, more likely to end up in jail, and more likely to be victims of violent crime.

The unemployment rate for African-American men was 12% last month, more than double that for white men.

President Obama said that he could identify with this group, and announced a new federal task force to develop ways to keep minority youths in school and out of the criminal justice system.

VOCABULARY

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defined by: dibuat berdasarkan

outrage: mengakibatkan kemarahan, mengejutkan

have the odds stacked againts: kesulitan mencapai sukses karena kondisi yang membatasi

cited: mengutip

heart-breaking: menyedihkan, mengecewakan

identify with: memahami keadaan orang lain karena memiliki pengalaman serupa

task force: satuan tugas

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