‘I’m Actually Black’, MSNBC Panel On Race Gets Painfully Uncomfortable

March 19, 2015

In a perfect case study of my previous post, I had to include a news segment that’s trending on social media.

Looks like I’m not the only one who is advocating a dialogue about race and racism in society. Starbucks is apparently trying to start a campaign called #Race Together where they encourage their baristias to write that hashtag on people’s orders and talk to their customers about race, prejudice and race. What are you doing, Starbucks? What? Are? You doing?

Fast forward to around the 5:15 mark is you want to see where the cringe worthy event happens.


In the painfully awkward clip above fromĀ All In with Chris Hayes, a black woman imitated a black man whom she believed to be a white man imitating a black man. All this interaction was missing was two triple venti half-sweet non-fat Caramel Macchiatos.

Hayes had CBS Sunday Morning‘s Nancy Giles and writer/video blogger/DJ Jay Smooth on to discuss Starbucks’s new race-dialogue initiative Race Together. During the eight-minute segment, Hayes played part of Smooth’s typically brilliant YouTube lecture How To Tell Someone They Sound Racist.

This shows that labeling isn’t something that’s limited to once race over another. Hilariously awkward, yes. Still important nonetheless.