I have never seen optimists turn into pessimists so quickly. I have a lot to say on this topic, but for the most part I will say this: Racism is fear, people are afraid and that is powerful, you can't attack fear with insults and anger because that only makes it grow. I don't watch the news on the TV any more because it is depressing, so much emphasis on humanities worst. If we stop reinforcing fear in peoples minds, and instead reinforce the good sides of tolerance and multiculturalism then fewer people will be afraid. If people are not afraid, then they can vote more with their mind then their fear. Don't hate racists, pity their fear and help them. Optimism cannot die because it lost the first battle, the world will keep on spinning, pessimism will get us and our discussion no where.