I mean, you can’t make this stuff up.
In an effort to push the narrative toward his administration’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative and the nation’s need for criminal justice reform, President Obama met with Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes, Common, Janelle Monae, Ludacris, Chance The Rapper, J.Cole, Timbaland, Talib Kweli, Rapsody, ASAP Rocky, Wale and DJ Khaled.
…because why wouldn’t he.
The selections were made by the White House by identifying individuals who have “found ways to engage on the issues of criminal justice reform and empowering disadvantaged young people across the country” through their art and nonprofit work.
“Many of these artists have lent their voices and platforms to promoting these issues,” said a White House official. “Through their own nonprofit work or artistic commitment, many of these artists have found ways to engage on the issues of criminal justice reform and empowering disadvantaged young people across the country.”
Other brown shirts, uh, Brother’s Keepers on hand were Valerie Jarrett and Broderick Johnson, chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force.
“MBK is about obliterating the barriers our kids face,” Broderick Johnson said. “It’s about building strong, lasting bridges to opportunity for boys and girls, young men and young women, no matter what their background or the circumstances into which they were born. It’s about investing in what works, acting with a sense of urgency, basing strategies on data and evidence, and having the courage to call-out and tear down discrimination in every system and policy where it shows up. And, in two years we could not be more excited about the momentum, energy, and enthusiasm that has been sparked all across the country.”
Ah yes, if only criminals could play Connect Four growing up, they wouldn’t end up in prison or jail.
So criminal justice reform is so important, that instead of inviting someone, oh I don’t know, like say Rick Perry (who effectively overhauled Texas’ criminal justice system as Governor), Obama once again proves how shallow he is by putting on a social media circus with people who have nothing to do with actual criminal justice reform.