Landrieu Takes Risk, Talks Racism

Asked by NBC’s Chuck Todd why President Obama is so unpopular in Louisiana, Sen. Mary Landrieu first gave a long answer about energy policy. Then she waded into more difficult territory: race.

“I’ll be very, very honest with you; the South has not always been the friendliest place for African Americans,” Landrieu said. “It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.”

She also said that women have struggled in the South, but her comments on race got much more attention — including a brief airing on “NBC Nightly News” — because that’s how it is with race.

Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, Jimmy Dore (The Jimmy Dore Show) and Wes Clark Jr. talk about it.

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