This may be the most awkward demonstration of why Starbucks employees should not be discussing race relations with their customers.
During a segment on All In with Chris Hayes, the panel was discussing the merits of Starbucks’s #RaceTogether campaign. Hayes then played a video of Hip hop artist Jay Smooth informing people how to tell others they sound racist.
After the video, CBS Sunday Morning’s host Nancy Giles, begins to mock Smooth for trying to co-opt the movement in his lecture, and joking about the “brotha way he was trying to talk.”
And that’s when Smooth explained he wasn’t trying to talk black … He IS black.
Watch the incredibly uncomfortable exchange below…
Chris Hayes showed a video of panelist Jay Smooth‘s YouTube lecture, “How to Tell Someone They Sound Racist”, and fellow panelist Nancy Giles joked about the “brotha way he was trying to talk” in the video.
“I’m a rap guy!” Smooth said.
“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,” Giles replied, poking fun at his impersonation of a black guy.
“It’s also interesting because I’m actually black, but you assumed otherwise,” Smooth replied. “And this is the sort of awkwardness that we can look forward to at Starbucks across America.”
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