Senator Harry Reid’s comments about Barack Obama’s color and speech pattern raise a lot of issues about race and racism in America. What’s the difference between talking about race and being racist? Does a politician have to speak and act differently depending upon his or her audience? Is racism an effective political tool? Why does skin color still matter? Our guests are law professor and writer RICHARD THOMPSON FORD and OMAR WASOW, writer and Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University. Then a brief conversation with TRICIA WACHTENDORF of the University of Delaware’s Disaster Research Center about the challenges in the Haiti relief effort.
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