We hope that you're actually tuned into "Up w/ Chris Hayes" at the moment as you wait for us to get started this morning. But you should also check out the amazing conversation Melissa was a part of during last Saturday's show, along with Atlantic senior editor Ta-Nehisi Coates, WBAI DJ and ill doctrine videoblogger Jay Smooth, and comedian W. Kamau Bell, host of the new hit FX series "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell."
The conversation focused to a great degree on Ta-Nehisi's epic essay in this month's Atlantic magazine, "Fear of a Black President," birtherism, racial solidarity in political criticism, Shirley Sherrod, "The Audacity of Hope," and other assorted topics, all discussed by a panel of incredible minds. (Any collision of such minds creates a little bit of friction, and the conversation was hardly without contention or acrimony -- so don't be surprised when things get a little heated.)
We'd love your feedback on this, so go to town in the comments below. Let's keep that conversation rolling, because we all know that the issues they discussed presented themselves in full during this week's Republican National Convention, and still require solutions and intelligent debate. We don't just count on folks who get to be on TV to provide those.
MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry, The Atlantic magazine editor Ta-Nehisi Coates, and WBAI-FM host Jay Smooth join Up w/ Chris Hayes to talk about Coates' latest article "Fear of a Black President" and about Mitt Romney's "birther" joke from Friday.
In being the first African-American president elected into office, should Barack Obama talk about his race more? The Up w/ Chris Hayes panelists discuss.
The Up w/ Chris Hayes panelists break down Ta-Nehisi Coates' article from The Atlantic on "Fear of a Black President," as they talk about how Americans feel about the nation's first African-American president.
While talking about Ta-Nehisi Coates' article from The Atlantic "Fear of a Black President," the Up w/ Chris Hayes panelists discuss how President Obama addresses his own race.
Up host Chris Hayes and his guests talk about President Obama's cross-racial appeal and how he addressed race in writing his book "The Audacity of Hope."