Talib Kweli and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

July 26, 2011 by Bill Ivey

“Teach them the game, so they know they position, so they can grow and make decisions that change the world, and break old tradition.” – Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day (as in the title of Judith Viorst’s book). Or at least, he could have. Saturday night, as he flew into Grand Rapids, a flight attendant began to whistle the Carmina Burana. A portent of sorts? Sunday morning, he encountered a number of rude personnel at the airport. Sitting waiting for his flight, he wrote, “… this Grand Rapids airport experience is the worst get me out of here!” It was in this context, about an hour later, that he wrote, “Ever haves convo with someone who don’t know they racist? That’s happening to me right now…”

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