Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America

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Mon, 07/23/2012

Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod speak with Tanner Colby, author of "SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE BLACK: The Strange Story of Integration in America," one white man’s unflinching exploration of Jim Crow’s legacy and what it will take to see that legacy undone.

In spite of all the efforts of Martin Luther King, Jr., and a multitude of other Civil Rights leaders and activists, the disheartening reality in today’s America is that black people and white people still don’t spend much time together—at work, school, church, or really anywhere.

After Barack Obama’s historical presidential nomination, and after a long campaign spent fervently supporting the man who would become America’s first black president, Colby—who is perhaps most widely known for his biographies of Chris Farley and John Belushi—realized that, despite his open-minded, liberal attitudes and his hip Brooklyn zip code, he didn’t actually know any black people.

 

 

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