Once-troubled Pinoy applauds Obama's initiative for young men of color

By Connie Macatula- De Leon, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

March 3, 2014

BARTLETT, Ill. – Cimel Ferreras, 34, was an honor student during his younger days and had a promising future.

But after moving to Chicago with his family 16 years ago, he said he became involved with a bad crowd and ended up wasting his youth.

He went to jail six times for driving under the influence and identity theft among other crimes.

“I grew up in a bad neighborhood,” Ferreras said. “You can buy drugs as if you’re buying candy at the store.”

Ferreras says coming from a broken family and from a bad neighborhood crippled him from making the right decisions. It’s a troubled experience President Barack Obama admitted he also went through in his youth.

During the recent launch of his new initiative to help young men of color called My Brother’s Keeper, President Obama talked about being angry, not having a dad in the house, and how he got high without always thinking about the harm it did to him.

The new initiative will invest $200 million over five years to look into what is already being done to assist young blacks and other young men of color.

“I am thankful that the government is helping,” Ferreras said. “Without help, worse things might end up happening, especially to the younger generation.”

The My Brother’s Keeper initiative by the Obama administration cannot stress enough the roles of parents, the government, and teachers as they all commit to keeping children out of trouble and to maximize their full potential.

Ferreras hopes that the younger generation takes this help from the government seriously as the help is only as good when one accepts it wholeheartedly.

“They can launch any program they want but if the person doesn’t want to help himself, it’s not going to mean anything,” he added.

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  • BC
    4 March 2014 at 1:07 am - Reply

    Obama launched “My brothers keeper program” intended for young person of color. Why Black and Hispanic only. The Democrat will lose all the votes from poor white Democrat because they were not included on this program. Person of color only , this is discrimination to all white American , how about Asian s, why are they not included.This is racist. We have a Racist President.

    • Delia
      4 March 2014 at 12:56 pm - Reply

      @BC, Since Obama was campaignning 5 years ago , he already said he is his brothers keepers . That statement was’nt meant for everyone . Its for his Muslim brothers only , he cares very little for African Americans , Hispanics and other colors . Obama’s motto is devide and conquer . All he cares about is himself and all his gay parade comrades .

      Obama hates Americans particularly whites , Obama hates Christians , infact Obama and Muslims has Plans for America . You may want to read what they are planning for America. I’ll Post it for you below .

      Islamic invasion of America, the agenda of Islamists and visible methods to take over America by the year 2020! Will Americans continue to sleep through this invasion as they did when we were attacked on 9/11?
      1. Terminate America’s freedom of speech by replacing it with hate crime bills state-wide and nation-wide.

      2. Wage a war of words using black leaders like Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Jesse Jackson and other visible religious personalities to promote Islam as the original African-American’s religion while Christianity is for the whites! Strange enough, no one tells the African-Americans that it was the Arab Muslims who captured them and sold them as slaves, neither the fact that in Arabic the word for black and slave is the same, “Abed.”

      3. Engage the American public in dialogues, discussions, debates in colleges, universities, public libraries, radio, TV, churches and mosques on the virtues of Islam. Proclaim how it is historically another religion like Judaism and Christianity with the same monotheistic faith.

      4. Nominate Muslim sympathizers to political office for favorable legislation to Islam and support potential sympathizers by block voting.

      5. Take control of as much of Hollywood, the press, TV, radio and the internet by buying the corporations or a controlling stock.

      6. Yield to the fear of imminent shut-off of the lifeblood of America – the black gold. America’s economy depends on oil, (1000 products are derived from oil), so does its personal and industrial transportation and manufacturing -41% comes from the Middle East.

      7. Yell, “foul, out-of-context, personal interpretation, hate crime, Zionist, un- American, inaccurate interpretation of the Quran” anytime Islam is criticized or the Quran is analyzed in the public arena.

      8. Encourage Muslims to penetrate the White House, specifically with Islamists who can articulate a marvelous and peaceful picture of Islam. Acquire government positions, get membership in local school boards. Train Muslims as medical doctors to dominate the medical field, research and pharmaceutical companies. Take over the computer industry. Establish Middle Eastern restaurants throughout the U.S. to connect planners of Islamization in a discreet way. Ever notice how numerous Muslim doctors in America are, when their countries need them more desperately than America?

      9. Accelerate Islamic demographic growth via:

      a. Massive immigration (100,000 annually since 1961)

      b. No birth control whatsoever – every baby of Muslim parents is automatically a Muslim and cannot choose another religion later.

      c. Muslim men must marry American women and Islamize them (10,000 annually). Then divorce them and remarry every five years – since one cannot have the Muslim legal permission to marry four at one time. This is a legal solution in America.

      d. Convert angry, alienated black inmates and turn them into militants (so far 2000 released inmates have joined Al Qaida world-wide). Only a few have been captured in Afghanistan and on American soil. So far – sleeping cells!

      10. Reading, writing, arithmetic and research through the American educational system, mosques and student centers (now 1500) should be sprinkled with dislike of Jews, evangelical Christians and democracy. There are 300 exclusively Muslim schools with loyalty to the Quran, not the U.S. Constitution.

      11. Provide very sizeable monetary Muslim grants to colleges and universities in America to establish “Centers for Islamic studies” with Muslim directors to promote Islam in higher education institutions.

      12. Let the entire world know through propaganda, speeches, seminars, local and national media that terrorists have hijacked Islam, not the truth, which is Islam hijacked the terrorists. Furthermore in January of 2002, Saudi Arabia’s Embassy in Washington mailed 4500 packets of the Quran, videos, promoting Islam to America’s high schools–free. They would never allow us to reciprocate.

      13. Appeal to the historically compassionate and sensitive Americans for sympathy and tolerance towards the Muslims in America who are portrayed as mainly immigrants from oppressed countries.

      14. Nullify America’s sense of security by manipulating the intelligence community with misinformation. Periodically terrorize Americans of impending attacks on bridges, tunnels, water supplies, airports, apartment buildings and malls. (We have experienced this too often since 9-11.)

      15. Form riots and demonstrations in the prison system demanding Islamic Sharia as the way of life, not American’s justice system.

      16. Open numerous charities throughout the U.S. but use the funds to support Islamic terrorism with American dollars.

      17. Raise interest in Islam on America’s campuses by insisting that freshman take at least one course on Islam. Be sure that the writer is a bonafide American, Christian, scholarly and able to cover up the violence in the Quran and express the peaceful, spiritual and religious aspect only.

      18. Unify the numerous Muslim lobbies in Washington, mosques, Islamic student centers, educational organizations, magazines and papers by internet and an annual convention to coordinate plans, propagate the faith and engender news in the media of their visibility.

      19. Send intimidating messages and messengers to the outspoken individuals who are critical of Islam and seek to eliminate them by hook or crook.

      20. Applaud Muslims as loyal citizens of the US by spotlighting their voting record as the highest percentage of all minority and ethnic groups in America.

      • cat_idiot
        4 March 2014 at 1:21 pm - Reply

        @Delia…sino naman po sa GOP ang napipili nyo as a President if ever……si Tabachoy (NJ), Wacko Bird(TX), Flip Flop(FL), 5/6(LA) o si Mr. Pogi (WI)

        • Delia
          4 March 2014 at 3:00 pm - Reply

          @cat idiot , if ever is indeed a good word . cause theres so much rumors that Obama may not step down and may declare Martial Law. If thats true at all i dont know , i have no proof or evidence , but if its true we are in deep deep trouble. Hell will brake loose

          Good question, and i’m happy to tell you that i dont affiliate myself to Demons-crat or Republican . I am Independant and can vote either way if i so desire , I do vote if theres a candidate that aggree with American values which is hard to find anymore.

          • cat_idiot
            4 March 2014 at 4:42 pm -

            hmmmmm…….parang mahirap po yata yun prinsipyo nyo, kaya ako ayoko na manonod po sa FOX News, lalu na kay Bill O’Reilly…. lason po din sa lipunan si Rush Limbaugh at lalu na po si Ann Coulter

          • Delia
            4 March 2014 at 7:48 pm -

            There is no need to watch TV , listen to Radio about politics . That is how this country got into this mess, people watch and listen to too much crap . I don’t even watch Foxnews but am intelligent enough to look around me and see the problem.

            The problem is people are too dependent on someone else (media) to tell you what to think . Think for yourself. Put two and two together. Is your grocery bill higher under Obama? Do you pay more for gasoline? Are you now forced to buy insurance you can’t afford?

            Look at why those things are happening. It has to do with your in-ability to look at real life and make sound judgment. One other thing you can call yourself whatever you like (democrat or republican) but if you believe that it is ok if the government takes my food and gives it to somebody else, then that is a socialist and un-acceptable to me . Plain and simple. Grassroots Americans are strong and capable of thinking for themselves. Sometimes the halo of government clouds their vision and we wind up with ( Obama ). Nothing is free. Someone is paying for it and when you TAKE from one and give to another, that is income re-distribution aka socialism.

  • Wil
    5 March 2014 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    I read a lot of stupid and ignorant articles, but Delia takes the cake and BC isn’t too far behind. President Obama isn’t a racist and you know that. He is a christian and everyone knows that. Even if he was a Muslim, would that make a difference? Do you know that back in history there was a time being Catholic in the United States wasn’t good? Americans did not want a catholic President. He hasn’t done one racist thing yet, nor will he. His entire 1st term he said nothing about being Black; but yet you all say he’s a racist.

    @BC … you know nothing about being Black nor Brown in the United States. You don’t have a clue of what President Obama is talking about, yet you call him a racist. Could it be you’re the racist? hmmmm .. One could only wonder.

    @BC & Delia, may be … just may be you two need to study your history about the United States before you write such stupid and ignorant stuff.

    • Delia
      5 March 2014 at 8:35 pm - Reply

      @Will , Your Pathetic Argumentum ad Hominem

      • delia_idiot
        6 March 2014 at 11:00 pm - Reply

        @Delia…. Likewise, labera lege, Argumentum ad Hominem! Vah! Denuone Latine loquebar? Me ineptum. Interdum modo elabitur.