What else do Black people have except hope? Black optimism is what keeps Black people going. It keeps them from going crazy. It keeps them from destroying this country. On the flip side, being a grant writer and understanding how easy it is to manipulate data to get the outcome one wants, I take little stock in such surveys. Who did surveyors survey? Was it poor everyday Black people, or gatekeeping upper middle class, educated Black people who have means to stave off discomfort and believe living amongst White people means progress, which translates to that optimism you inquired about?
Surveys said Biden would win in a landslide and Trump would lose in a landslide, and that didn’t happen, now did it? I rest my case. lol