The Washington Post published the results on a national poll on Black men.
People will get out of it what they want to get out of it.
The results of the poll, or at least the summarization of the results of the poll, doesn't surprise me at all. The title of the article is "Poll Reveals a Contradictory Portrait with Promise and Doubt" but I don't find things to be contradictory.
- You can read about the "bad news concerning Black men" anywhere and everywhere. For people, then, to express thoughts of despair should not come as any surprise.
- Black people are especially hard on other Black people. That is no secret to Black people, although there are those of "us" who will claim otherwise. None the less, it's also no secret that "successful" Black people are the harshest critics of Black people.
- In life, those who are most successful tend to surround themselves with people who are positive thinking and successful. You can't overcome any barrier by thinking you can't overcome the barrier and by being negative. The negativity needs to stop, but it won't because there is too much money being made by those who are employed as pundits and commentators.
- Bookstores are filled to the brim with "self-help" books and betterment books. Being positive and changing negative or unproductive behavior sells. Yet, when it comes to Blacks, being negative sells.
What will be most interesting about this poll will be the comments generated about it.