With the economy still in shambles and many people still searching for a job, some are worried about the future. Add two wars, Global Warming, racism, sexism, and the exploding cost of higher education, and it’s easy to feel some type of way about what’s to come.

Despite the odds, however, many African-Americans are optimistic about the future. According to a poll conducted last year by the Pew Research Center, Blacks are more optimistic about the future than they have been in the past few years.

Although it may seem incongruent, the optimism many hold makes sense. Like anything, economic downturns and upswings occur in cycles, so it’s wise to think that the economy will make a comeback sometime soon. Moreover, for those of us who are still gainfully employed, able to make and save enough money to live (and thrive), the picture looks even better.

But what do you think Clutchettes and Gents, are you optimistic about the future?

Let’s talk about it!


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  • Chrissy

    Am I optimistic about the future? No, I cant really say that I am. Right now Im kinda stuck in a rut and Im not sure when Ill get out of it. But Im not totally pessimistic either.

  • isis

    I’m a little more optimistic about the future than I was a month ago. Things are finally looking up a little bit for me. I’m happy and grateful.

  • Leonie UK

    Very optimistic. In the sense I’m singing that Sounds of Blackness tune weekly. Yes job’s are dwindling, rents are high, people are more weird and not wonderful, but I’m thinking the tide is turning. You have to make opportunity work for you and not against you, and downsizing and making new plans is the best way.

    If it’s can’t kill you, it will make you stronger.