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Obama announces plan to help keep young black men on track

Draws on own experience in remarks on race

WASHINGTON — President Obama spoke in unusually personal terms at the White House on Thursday about how he got high as a teenager and was at times indifferent to school as he deplored what he called America’s numbness to the plight of young black men.

Drawing on the power of his own racial identity in a way he seldom does as president, Obama sought to connect his personal narrative about growing up without a father to that of a generation of young people of color in the United States who he said faced higher odds of failure than their peers.

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