Good, Bad or indifferent. The Good has it. Voices Reflect Rising Sense of Racial Optimism Kristen Luce for The New York Times Shel Harris of Brooklyn said the election changed his attitude. By SUSAN SAULNY Published: May 2, 2009 the New York Times Optimism. What a powerful word, emotion and focus to help us rise from the ashes. This morning as I scan the New York Times I am encouraged. Tears come to my eyes and the possibility that President Obama may be good for this country appears like a Phoenix on the horizon. The idea that simply because We the People took that unimaginable step and elected a Black man at this time in history, says to me that people are demonstrating, with real actions, that we are all equal, is simply fantastic. Yet, hidden under the surface is the risk that hatred and the white underclass, those that call them supremacists and style themselves on the belief that we are better than you, are still out there. Words that ring of the worst days of Hitlers reign ferment.