Earlier this year, President Obama announced the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative in an attempt to improve the lives of minority men who are often affected negatively by poverty. While it's a worthy cause, not every thinks it's appropriate.
The “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative will, according to a White House official, "make sure that every young man of color who is willing to work hard and lift himself up has an opportunity to get ahead and reach his full potential.” President Obama's newest plan isn't being accepted by many on the political right and conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh was quick to attack him. Speaking to a conservative African American woman, the two compared Obama's minority outreach plan to what is often referred to as the "My Brother's Keeper" story in the Bible, which is often controversial and compared the president to the character of "Cain." Ask.com provides a quick below.
"In Genesis 4:9 of the Bible, Cain asks God if he is his brother's keeper after God asks him where his brother Abel is, knowing that Cain has indeed killed him. Many Bible scholars feel that Cain was being sarcastic to avoid the uncomfortable feelings he had after he murdered his brother. Furthermore, scholars and Christians alike believe that God wants people to take care of each other and be sensitive to other's needs. However, "brother's keeper" is mentioned nowhere else in the Bible."
Limbaugh continued his rant, this time turning to the women's health group "Planned Parenthood" as the root cause of African-American abortions.
"The black population is being aborted into further minority status with the assistance of planned parenthood."
President Obama has had pressure on him since the day he took office in January of 2009, especially from the African-American community who had such high expectations. As Obama has attempted to reach out to the African-American community and do something positive, Rush Limbaugh's words and the words of those like him only further divide a nation that so dearly needs to be brought together.