Skip to comments.Blacks, Hispanics more optimistic than whites
Posted on 08/01/2013 11:14:03 AM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Growing up as a black teen, John Harris III says he wasn't always sure about what he wanted to do with his life. But the 23-year-old, now part of the first generation of college students who saw the nation's first black president elected, points to a newfound sense of purpose for him and other black graduates.
A new analysis by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows many in the black and Hispanic communities share Harris' optimism. America's minorities are now far more optimistic about their economic future than whites and by the widest margin since at least 1987.
"We feel more independent," said Harris, a recent graduate of historically black Howard University, who now works to reduce homelessness. "We feel like we're worth more, because we see it every day on the TV, hear it on the radio and are beginning to see it more in our communities."
After years of economic attitudes among whites, blacks and Hispanics following similar patterns, whites' confidence in their economic future has plummeted in the last decade, according to the analysis. Blacks and Hispanics, meanwhile, have sustained high levels of optimism despite being hit hard in the recent recession.
The findings come as President Barack Obama seeks to promote a broader message of economic opportunity amid a rising gap between rich and poor. The AP reported this week that 4 out of 5 U.S. adults have struggled with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least part of their lives, with white pessimism about their economic future at a 25-year high. More than 40 percent of the poor are white.
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Where do White-Hispanics rate?
Optimistic about WHAT?! They have a horrible job market, high unemployment, high incarceration rates, their own people might kill them, cities that are run by blacks are running aground and burning in place... but they have a black president in the White House and all is well?
I’m sorry I just don’t believe that blacks and Hispanics are so ignorant that they’re resting the entirety of their faith in Obama. I really can’t believe that.
Welfare checks are assured as far as the eye can see!
Change they hoped for.
Really. The author cites John Harris, a recent graduate of historically black Howard University, “who now works to reduce homelessness.”
That college education really qualified him for a productive, high-earning job that helps society. The only way to reduce homelessness is to have a robust, healthy and growing economy to provide jobs to all who want them. You cannot just take a government social work job “to reduce homelessness.” He obviously didn’t learn a single useful thing during his years at Howard. Why would that make any optimistic about the future?
Because they don’t give a shiite muslim for this country only their next freebie.
Well, he is in a growth industry.
Perception is more important than reality for some people.
I’ll admit I’ve had a sense of doom for some time now. It’s not because I’m naturally unhappy, but I see so much better now where it is the country is heading.
How can the national debt not matter? How can cultural decline not matter? How can the bankruptcy and ruin of a once-great city not matter?
If these people are happy, it’s because they’re ignorant of what is to come.
Due to this conquest the overall quality of life will markedly deteriorate(But readily be explained.) See Zimbabwe, South Africa, Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Los Angeles etc. etc.
Well, since merit and achievement are no longer used for hiring and promotion then I guess they will go far. And we all suffer because of it.
I know I’M not optimistic. But then, I am white.
For blacks and Hispanics in universities, their optimism might be warranted. A lot of blacks and Hispanics on the streets might disagree with their assessment. Obamanomics is hurting everyone, but minorities have been hit the worst.
Oh, boo-hoo, cry me a river! If all it takes for the black "takers" in this country is the fraudulent election of an ineligible, communist muslim, then they have a lot of growing up to do.
As a white kid growing up I could have cared less what color the president was, I had my own life to worry about and being president was never part of the equation!
They can even take pictures of the check with their Obama phones.
Win - Win
One contributory factor to the poll results may be that people who are more informed are more pessimistic, and a higher percentage of whites fall into the category of “more informed”.
See ??? Obama is like a security blanket to them
He tells them that they are better off, they believe it.
He tells them that he has their back, they believe it.
He tells them that this is now a better country than it was in 2008, they believe it.
Except I thought the Zimmerman acquittal make it open season on browns and blacks? That's what Sharpton and Harris Perry are saying. Wouldnt you be more negative about your future if you believed that about youself?
They must be eternally optimistic to think that raising the national debt by tens of trillions of dollars is a good thing and that they won’t ever have to pony up “their fair share” of the $$$.
“”We feel more independent,” said Harris, a recent graduate of historically black Howard University, who now works to reduce homelessness”
Governmen job? Try getting one of you’re white.