Christopher Pettis, 14

“The affect it has on me is that most black people are treated like they are nothing and they are not worth anything in their life. But with a black president I think he can change all of that, not just for black males but for everybody in the United States. Everybody in the United States should be treated the same and no one is perfect. People should be treated with respect.”

Nathan Bradley, 15

“Well, I think seeing a black president; we will be able to do anything because, like he said, “yes we can.” It makes me believe I can accomplish anything I put my mind to.”

Majer Purnell, 19

“It has given me a better dream in life and given me hope that I can be something in life. You don’t have to be a statistic. [You] can grow up to be something.”

Deangelo Cottrell, 13

“I think it will be a good opportunity for us, because some people think less of the young black male. They think we might grow up to just be on the corners. But a black president shows that a young black person can make something out of their life. They can actually be president of the United States. And, I think it will be a good thing to inspire most young people to make sure they become something in their life. I think it is good Mr. Obama accomplished such a thing.”

Joseph Moore, 19

“I believe that the affect on the African-American young man will make more of them grow up to become more responsible. They will say ‘Man, if this dude can do it and he is from Chicago like me, from the South Side, why can’t I do it?’ I think it will make more people open their eyes and realize anything is possible, and God is good.”

Peter Branch, 16

“I believe Barack Obama gives youth the opportunity to have encouragement and to be optimistic about life. So many young black males, where they come from, don’t believe they can make it anywhere but he gives them hope and a chance to believe in themselves and to be respectful.”

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