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US President Barack Obama (C) talks to the media between retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen (R), National Incident Commander, and White House energy adviser Carol Browner during his meeting with Cabinet members to discuss the administration's response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill at the White House in Washington on June 7, 2010.
From Shirley Sharrod’s firing to Congressional ethics investigations into Reps. Charles Rangel and Maxine Waters – some progressives are speculating that Barack Obama’s administration isn’t post-racial, but that the White House simply doesn’t understand or support blacks in power. Meanwhile, Glenn Beck has famously accused Obama of hating white people. Are we overdue for a national conversation on race? And if so, should the country’s first biracial President lead the dialogue?