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How Do Americans Talk About Race?

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How Do Americans Talk About Race?

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Sen. Barack Obama spoke on Tuesday about the role race has played in the presidential campaign and addressed the racially charged remarks made by his longtime pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Guests and callers weigh in on the ways in which Americans talk about race in public and in private.

Guests:

Erin Aubry Kaplan, columnist for The Los Angeles Times, author of the op-ed "Black Isn't Enough"

Robert Jensen, professor of journalism at the University of Texas; author of The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege

Michael Meyers, executive director of the New York Civil Rights Coalition; author of the Los Angeles Times op-ed "Obama Blew It"

Gustavo Arellano, writer of the Ask a Mexican column