During a discussion about the Starbucks campaign to encourage people to talk about race in their coffee shops, MSNBC's Chris Hayes showed a video of hiphopmusic.com founder Jay Smooth‘s YouTube lecture (below), “How to Tell Someone They Sound Racist." Perhaps he sounded a little bit racist to fellow panelist Nancy Giles from CBS News, who joked that he might be acting in a sort of 'brotha' way, "yo, like, yeah, if somebody takes my wallet."
NANCY GILES, CBS SUNDAY MORNING: I can't not tease Jay about the sort of 'brotha' way he was trying to talk, and with the rap music in the background.
JAY SMOOTH, RACE FORWARD: I’m a rap guy!
NANCY GILES 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. Yo, like, yeah, if somebody takes my wallet. That's really interesting since you weren't talking that way to me.
JAY SMOOTH: 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.
Jay Smooth‘s YouTube lecture “How to Tell Someone They Sound Racist."
Smooth also encourages the curious to watch his TEDx Talk, that "picks up where this left off."