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Obamas sending mixed messages

By Raynard Jackson
On March 17, 2014

  • Is Obama’s stance on legalization of marijuana the wrong message to send with his My Brother’s Keeper initiative push?. Pete Souza/

Recently, President Obama launched an initiative called My Brother's Keeper. As a part of this initiative, he signed a presidential memorandum establishing the My Brother's Keeper Task Force, chaired by Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson. The task force will help determine what public and private efforts are working and how to expand upon them, how the federal government's own policies and programs can better support these efforts, and how to better involve state and local officials, the private sector, and the philanthropic community in these efforts.

 I fail to understand the logic of setting up a task force. You would think groups like the NAACP, the National Urban League, and the National Council of La Raza would already have "shovel-ready" projects that the administration could access immediately.
 I can't help but notice that Dave Steward and Bob Woodson were not invited to participate. Steward, chairman of World Wide Technology in St. Louis, is the largest Black-owned business in the U.S. and has built a $6-billion company based on principles that highlight morals and values. He also supports these values and morals with his money in communities throughout the U.S.
 Woodson, founder and president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, has a 30-year track record of dealing with troubled youths. He has done a lot of work in the president's adopted hometown of Chicago.
 It is impossible to adequately deal with our youth without incorporating the issue of values and morals. It means telling our kids that there is right and wrong; not saying to them: "Who are we to judge?"
 The president said, "...I explained to them (the kids on stage with him) when I was their age, I was a lot like them. I didn't have a dad in the house. And I was angry about it, even though I didn't necessarily realize at the time. I made bad choices. I got high without always thinking about the harm that it could do. I didn't always take school as seriously as I should have. I made excuses. Sometimes I sold myself short."
 Was this not the same president that said a week before in the White House that he supported legalizing marijuana? But, then he tells kids, "I made bad choices. I got high without always thinking about the harm that it could do." If it was a bad choice and it could cause harm, then why would you want to legalize marijuana?
 As with the president, I am extremely confused and concerned with Mrs. Obama's fascination with people who promote values that are antithetical to creating a healthy environment for young girls to flourish in. Beyoncé is the personification of this.
 Two years ago, Mrs. Obama was asked by People magazine whom she would choose to be other than herself. She replied with, "Gosh, if I had some gift, I'd be Beyoncé."
Allow me to share a few lyrics from Beyoncé's most recent CD, "Drunk in Love:" "I've been drinking; I get filthy when that liquor get into me; I've been thinking; Why can't I keep my fingers off it, baby?"
But wait: there's more. On the song "Partition:" "Oh he so horny, he want to f-k; He bucked all my buttons, he ripped my blouse; He Monica Lewinski all on my gown." And the First Lady wants to be like that?
Beyoncé has become the Howard Stern of music - vulgar simply for the sake of shocking the public. Her concerts boarder on pornography yet, Mrs. Obama had no problem taking her two daughters 13 and 10 at the time to watch Beyoncé perform two years ago in Atlantic City.
The president and his wife are sending out conflicting messages. Kids need to be told and shown how to behave. You can't support legalizing marijuana and then tell kids not to use it. You can't tell little girls to carry yourself like a young lady and then tell them you want to be Beyoncé.
That's not "Drunk in Love." You have to be plain drunk to think that Beyonce should be anybody's role model.
Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based public relations/government affairs firm. He can be reached through his Web site Follow him on Twitter at raynard1223

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