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Glenn Loury (Brown University) and John McWhorter (Time, Columbia University)

On The Glenn Show, Glenn and John debate whether racism has shaped Obama’s presidency. Referencing the Trayvon Martin case, Glenn argues that Obama’s race is still symbolically powerful. The discussion turns to the leaked video of Romney at a fundraiser. John is appalled by Romney’s comments, but Glenn offers a partial defense of Romney. The two then discuss the free speech implications of the YouTube video that helped trigger violence and protests in the Muslim world. Plus: Is there still the possibility of a dialogue between Islam and the West?

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Recorded:Sep 18    Posted:Sep 18, 2012
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The Glenn Show | Sep 18, 2012 | Glenn Loury & John McWhorter

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