Baratunde Thurston was in a bar in New York when a chatty woman next to him asked his job, where he lived and where he went to school. He answered succinctly: He worked for The Onion, he lived in Brooklyn and he went to Harvard. "Harvard?" she repeated. "You're the whitest black guy I've ever met." "How To Be Black" is Thurston's semi–memoir, filled with satire about race relations, politics and personal identity. Thurston spoke about the book and answered questions about race on May 15, 2012 at Seattle's Town Hall.