During a town hall event promoting his White House “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative, President Obama encouraged young people to discover their passions to inspire themselves to work hard.
Part of the goal of his initiative, he explained, was to expose children to more things, not just the things that they see on television.
Obama also criticized some in the black community for accusing men who try to get educated of “acting white.”
Obama pushed back against the notion that there was an “authentic way of being black” by speaking or acting a certain way or wearing certain clothes.
Obama reminded the audience that Michelle Obama grew up on the South Side of Chicago but still succeeded.