In a recent post for The Root, Danielle Belton posed a question about youth gun violence and if there is really anything President Obama can do to help at-risk youths? Even though black children and teenagers only made up 15% of the population in 2008-2009, according to research by the Children’s Defense Fund, in this same time period black children and teenagers made up 45 percent of all young people killed by guns in America.
That, along with the conclusion of the trial involving the shooting death of another black teen — Trayvon Martin — was on the mind of some House Democrats whenthey recently met with President Obama to talk about at-risk youths.
During the session, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) asked the president what he planned to do to help black youths in light of the George Zimmerman verdict, and President Obama responded that there would be action to help at-risk youths.
Obama told Cummings that it was a “good time” to examine disparities in the criminal justice system, and efforts to help black, Asian, and Hispanic men and boys. The president added that officials need to look at what can be done to aid at-risk youth in general.
“We’re doing that,” Obama said, according to a source in the room. The president said some solutions could come without having to pass legislation, and that he was consulting with Attorney General Eric Holder on what options the White House has on the matter, sources said.