On a personal level, I see hope in all the friends I have on Facebook and off who just happen to be white. I don't bring attention to this fact (particularly to those racist white folks who have called me a racist) because I feel that doing so would cheapen the friendships by emphasizng color over friendship but I am not blind to how significant this is either.
You see it is much easier to fight and to stand tall when you neither fight nor stand alone. A diversified force which combines the unique strengths & talents of each group is always far more powerful than any force who's members are limited to a particular race or creed.
Some African Americans will argue that this kind of attitude bespeaks of one acknowledging the inherent weakness of our race and thus represents a betrayal to our cause. Yet expresssing sincere gratitude for the support & assistance of other races & creeds in fighting for a common cause is a sign of neither weakness nor betrayal. It is a sign of strength & good character as well as an acknowledgement of reality.
So in spite of how bad things are right now, I as an African American know that I neither stand nor fight alone and that gives me more than enough reason to remain hopeful in spite of all that is now going on.