From Boys to the Man: Obama Takes Questions From Young Minorities

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Keep It Real

You know, sometimes African-Americans in communities where I’ve worked, there’s been a notion of “acting white,” which sometimes is overstated but there’s an element of truth to it where, OK, if boys are reading too much then, well, why are you doing that, or why are you why are you speaking so properly? And the notion that there’s some authentic way of being Black, that if you’re going to be Black you have to act a certain way and wear a certain kind of clothes, that you know, that has to go, because there are a whole bunch of different ways for African-American men to be authentic. 


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