Ta-Nehisi tries to explain Paladino's ignorance:

I think on my side of the tracks, a lot of this comes down to the fact that black people are the most segregated minority in the country. When there's that kind of distance, even to the fair-minded, sweeping logic comes easy. For the first 18 years of my life, most of the Asian-Americans I had contact with were local merchants. Some of the shit I left Baltimore with is just embarrassing. 

 

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