Black men hope the Obama presidency will shatter racial stereotypes, reports the San Jose Mercury News.
Matthew Morgan, a senior at San Jose State University, said Obama’s victory gives him a new sense of personal responsibility.
“For perceptions of black men to change, it’s going to depend on how we carry ourselves,” he said after an African-American history course this week. “I’m proud to say that I feel like I have a lot of responsibility on me, on us as a people. Obama needs support, and we all have to step up to the plate and get involved in our communities. There are no more excuses.”
“Obama being elected shows that black people can be smart and have some class,” said Jordan Brown, a 14-year-old high school student.
This is not so much about white people think about blacks but what blacks think about themselves.