Despair robs us of the imagination needed to work for a better world. It strips away our drive to take steps toward that better world and lures us into inaction. Hope does the opposite.
Americans’ reaction to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shown the depths our compassion. But our ability to view Ukrainians as like “us” cannot be untangled from our propensity to view white people with greater admiration and empathy than we do Black and brown.