A Washington Times article published in 2010 suggested that in order to hold onto a Democratic Party majority in Congress, President Barack Obama was exacerbating racial tension by turning his attention to minorities to the exclusion of white voters. The president is quoted in the piece saying, “It will be up to each of you to make sure that the young people, African-Americans, Latinos and women, who powered our victory in 2008, stand together once again.”
There is evidence that in advance of the presidential election coming up in fewer than 100 days President Obama is playing that same card in the high-stakes game to keep his seat in the Oval Office.
In an executive order signed on July 26, President Barack Obama created the “White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.” The initiative will be administered by the Department of Education.
Citing the “substantial obstacles to equal educational opportunity [that] still remain in America's educational system,” President Obama announced that improving “all the sequential levels of education will produce a more effective educational continuum for all African American students.”
The latest presidential edict claims,
To reach the ambitious education goals we have set for our Nation, as well as to ensure equality of access and opportunity for all, we must provide the support that will enable African American students to improve their level of educational achievement through rigorous and well-rounded academic and support services that will prepare them for college, a career, and a lifetime of learning.
In order to accomplish these lofty educational goals, the Initiative will concentrate on the following eight objectives:
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Photo of President Obama signing White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans Executive Order: Whitehouse.gov