President Obama Talks Black Youth With Democrats

Source: Seung Min Kim / Politico

President Barack Obama told House Democrats Wednesday that his administration was looking at measures to help at-risk children, particularly minority youth — a move that comes in light of the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case earlier this month.

The topic surfaced from Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), who was the first House Democrat to ask the president a question when the Q&A section of the meeting on Capitol Hill began, according to sources inside the room. Cummings asked Obama what the administration’s next steps were for efforts to help black youth.

Cummings emphasized to the president that officials — with the nation’s focus on the issue after the verdict earlier this month — could not let the moment pass without action.

Obama told Cummings that it was a “good time” to examine disparities in the criminal justice system, and efforts to help black, Asian, and Hispanic men and boys. The president added that officials need to look at what can be done to aid at-risk youth in general.

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