How we talk about race: What word choice says about identity

President Obama hugs Rep. John Lewis
US President Barack Obama (R) hugged US Representative John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia, one of the original marchers at Selma, during an event marking the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, March 7, 2015.
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Michele Norris' Race Card Project encourages people to send in a postcard with six words that deal with how we talk about race and identity.

Norris joined MPR News' Kerri Miller along with Vox race, law and politics reporter Jenee Desmond Harris, to discuss the project and examine what words we use when we talk about race.

Conversation highlights

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