Tuesday, November 18, 2008

An elitist Harvard and private school upbringing is not much of a role model

Obama as role model for black youth? Not so fast

ATLANTA (Reuters) - The election of the first black president in U.S. history should send a powerful signal to young black Americans: If Barack Obama made it, so can you.

But some African Americans living in inner city Atlanta said that while Obama is a role model his life appeared so far removed from their own struggles that it was difficult to see how they could use it to spur their own success.

Others said that even something as momentous as Obama's election would not make it easy to acquire the self-belief that they needed to move forward.

"If Barack has made it into office there is no excuse to say that America is racist because he has proved that you can do something," said Lebron Cook, 22, who registered for the first time to vote for Obama on November 4.