“It’s an issue that needs to be studied over and over again for a long, long time,’’ he said.

After Tuesday night, the next time Larry King takes up the subject, I know I’ll be watching.

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Don Terry is a 2009-2010 Encore Fellow at CJR. He has worked at the Chicago Defender, the Chicago Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the St. Paul Dispatch, and The New York Times, where he was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for the series "How Race is Lived in America."