Excuse Me, I’m Black…
That awkward moment when you accuse a Black person of “acting” Black not knowing they’re biracial.
Yep, that happened Tuesday night during a live broadcast of MSNBC’s All In With Chris Hayes. During a discussion on race, prompted by Starbucks’ new initiative, #RaceTogether, Nancy Giles from CBS Sunday Morning, mocked popular cultural commentator, Jay Smooth for “talking Black” and “co-opting” the culture after viewing his video rant on “How To Tell Someone They Sound Racist.”
The stunned awkwardness: Jay Smooth, birth name John Randolph, is Black. Technically bi-racial having a Black father and White mother.
Putting Giles, who spoke and accused with much animation, in checkmate, Smooth responded wearing a smirk:
“It’s also interesting because I’m actually Black, but you assumed otherwise. And this is the sort of awkwardness that we can look forward to at Starbucks across America.”
Lovely assist from CB4’s “I’m Black Ya’ll” anthem.
Watch the full broadcast, here.