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Seriously, not to harp on this subject, but the Times has a silly op-ed on Obama and race. The piece basically argues that the only way for Obama to win is to duck conversations of race and not be "the black guy." The piece combines the worst of cynical horse-race political journalism with all the hamfisted racial logic that's kept people from really getting what Obama is about.

The kid has attracted tons of press for not speaking about race like Sharpton or Jackson. Newsflash: most black folks don't talk about race like Sharpton or Jackson. Unlike the media, we don't define black by how many times you shout "Reparations Now" in a given interview. And for the record, this is typical for black people. Someone else brings up race, and then everyone turns around and says "Why are you so hung up on race??" Right...

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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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