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Racial Me Time, or, how to recover from awkward racial conversations

In this installment of the Illipsis, Jay Smooth speaks out publicly about his much-publicized appearance last week on MSNBC’s “All in with Chris Hayes.” “Apparently it turns out that when a visually ambiguous black person feels compelled to explain their blackness, that is America’s favorite thing to watch in the world,” Smooth says. “It’s just a weird experience to be on national TV while what is a deeply personal moment plays out of feeling like you need to defend your self-identity.”

Racial Me Time, or, how to recover from awkward racial conversations

In this installment of the Illipsis, Jay Smooth speaks out publicly about his much-publicized appearance last week on MSNBC’s “All in with Chris Hayes.” “Apparently it turns out that when a visually ambiguous black person feels compelled to explain their blackness, that is America’s favorite thing to watch in the world,” Smooth says. “It’s just a weird experience to be on national TV while what is a deeply personal moment plays out of feeling like you need to defend your self-identity.”

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