Obama is boycotting. I don't have much of a reaction to this, since I don't have much faith in conferences on racism. I don't know why this rubs me the wrong way. Perhaps it extends out of my lack of faith in having a "conversation around race." I need to think more about it. For now, I find other things about Obama more troubling and we'll talk about that soon.

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