The African American youth of today find themselves in an unenviable position, according to some. They are too young to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. And thus, they find themselves having to look up to President Barack Obama who is, after all, the greatest living African American success story.
African Americans who grew up looking up to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. learned about how important it is to sacrifice in order to bring about real change. On the other hand, African Americans who will grow up looking up to Barack Obama will realize that bringing about real change is not as important as telling people that you are bringing about change.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taught African Americans to fight for justice and equality and to never compromise on those two issues. Barack Obama is showing African Americans that the rich and powerful get to control the country’s political and financial system. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood up to the corrupt system. And that inspired a generation of African Americans. Barack Obama has become part of the corrupt system. And by doing so, he has disappointed a generation of African Americans.
Critics of Barack Obama from within the African American community believe that he is not a good role model for young African Americans. One Obama critic said, ‘To consider Barack Obama to be part of MLK’s legacy would be a crime.’