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Burris and "Black Authenticity"

The appointment of Burris is controversial not only because of the man who did the appointing. It's also stirred up questions about race and electability.

Chicago Tribune columnist Dawn Turner Trice today explores what it means to be “authentically black” and how that helps or hurts an African-American's political career. The controversy stems from allegations that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rejected some black candidates, saying they weren't electable. He denies making those comments. Trice wasn't available to talk about her column today, but we've reached Chicago Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington for her take on the issue.

Music Button:  Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra, "Old Sweat", from the CD Strings & Things, (Ubiquity records)

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