Bernie Mac--I haven't forgot

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I really just don't know what to say. Mac never rose to the levels of Chappelle or Rock, but I think his show was a great take on the modern black family--or just the modern family in general rendered through a black lens. I'm sorry he's gone. It's not fair that some people's last memory will be stories of him being scolded by Barack. He was better and smarter than that.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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