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Who Will Be “My Brother’s Keeper?” The Problematic Nature of Using a Color-blind Approach to Address Racial Inequities


by Anjalé D. Welton & Sarah Diem — February 15, 2016

We critique the Obama Administration’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative, which aims to improve the lives of boys and young men of color. We argue the initiative is race conscious given it acknowledges racial inequities do exist; yet there are still elements of color-blindness in its proposed execution. The MBK initiative fails to tackle institutionalized racism as the root cause of systemic inequities, instead imputing boys and young men of color for their own oppression.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 15, 2016
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19455, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 2:28:40 AM

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  • Anjalé Welton
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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    ANJALÉ D. WELTON is an Assistant Professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Sarah Diem
    University of Missouri
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    SARAH DIEM is the Director of Graduate Studies and an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri.
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