Barack makes it easier for white people to tell black people they look like Tiger Woods

OK, so not really. But the Times thinks Obama is making it easier for white people to talk to black people about that ancient divide. Not around these parts. Only black people are allowed to speak over here. I blog assuming that everyone of my white readers has, at one point or another, entertained themselves with a thought of a return to slavery. You're all racist. And you know it. Cracker-ass-cracker. I hate a cracker-ass-cracker!! Except the people who run the Atlantic! They're cool!

On a serious note, yesterday I was interviewed by one of my journalistic hereos, Terry Gross. Toughest interview I've ever had, bar none. She was, as she was on the air, not mean but just hitting you with questions that you'd really have no way to prepare for. And they weren't gotcha questions, so much as they were just things that would only occur to her. At one point she asked me about the word "postracial," and, somewhat predictibly, I went on my standard riff about how much I hated the word. But then she noted to variety of the commenters we have here, and how I'm always engaging them, and asked if "postracial" could be applied to this site?

It was a good question, one that, in all honesty, I'm actually still thinking about.

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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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