In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama, in a relatively rare explicit mention of the race-related goals of a policy, hinted at a planned educational initiative to benefit “young men of color.”
“I’m reaching out to some of America’s leading foundations and corporations on a new initiative to help more young men of color facing tough odds stay on track and reach their full potential,” he said in remarks on efforts to offer hands-on training, give colleges incentives to offer better value and ensure that “no middle-class kid is priced out of a college education.”
He did not offer any details on the nature of the partnerships.
“The bottom line is, Michelle and I want every child to have the same chance this country gave us,” he said.
The mention of the initiative did not draw applause comparable to what the president’s comments about workplace fairness for women received, but listeners took notice:
Jenée Desmond-Harris is The Root’s senior staff writer. Follow her on Twitter.