Everything commentator E.R. Shipp said about the president's support for the My Brothers Keeper program is correct, yet she is nevertheless wrong ("My Brother's Keeper needs to include some sisters," June 22).

The factor she overlooks is politics. If the president announces a special effort on behalf of black and Latino boys and young men, he will lose critical support among whites who are already screaming against "affirmative action," which itself is a very modest attempt to level the playing field.

Limiting his effort to MBK is a strategy, not a goal. We who have black daughters should understand that they are in the same political economy as their brothers and that what benefits one group benefits both.

William L. Akers, Windsor

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