In the painfully awkward clip above from tonight's All In with Chris Hayes, a black woman imitated a black man whom she believed to be a white man imitating a black man. All this interaction was missing was two triple venti half-sweet non-fat Caramel Macchiatos.
Hayes had CBS Sunday Morning's Nancy Giles and writer/video blogger/DJ Jay Smooth on to discuss Starbucks's new race-dialogue initiative Race Together. During the eight-minute segment, Hayes played part of Smooth's typically brilliant YouTube lecture How To Tell Someone They Sound Racist.
"I can't not tease Jay about the kinda like brotha way he was trying to talk, like, 'Hey,' with the rap music in the background, and like down with the people," said Giles, good-naturedly.
"I'm a rap guy!" explained Smooth with gentleness.
"Yeah, I know, but it's another interesting, funny thing about race. Like, there would be some people that feel that you co-opted something like that, and other people might feel like that's his background and that's really cool, too," said Giles, smiling as the road under her ceased existing and she started tumbling down a cliff. "These are conversations, you know, 'Yo, like ya know, yeah, if somebody takes my wallet,' I mean it's really interesting."
"It's also interesting because I'm actually black, but you assumed otherwise," said Smooth, whose role in the segment was representing the side against Race Together. "And this is the sort of awkwardness that we can look forward to at Starbucks across America."