Obama as an Icon to Our Youth

People often ask, what does an Obama presidency mean for African Americans?

Black America is but one of many American constituencies that would compete for the attention of an Obama administration. It remains to be seen how African American interests, and those of other constituencies, would be addressed.

But there’s NO doubt about this: even now, Obama is a role model AND a beacon of hope for black youth.

Obama shows black children: if you are willing to work hard, commit to being studious, are not afraid of “sounding white,” and have courage, you too have a chance of being president.

Instead of looking to black athletes, comedians, and actors for career inspiration, now there is Barack Obama.

If the Obama campaign or an Obama presidency causes just 1 out of 1000 black youth to think differently about their future, that would be a great blessing for our children.