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'Some of My Best Friends Are Black'

The strange story of American integration

When author Tanner Colby investigated the cliche that would become the title of his new book, Some of My Best Friends Are Black, he learned that — not surprisingly — the statement usually isn't true. An Obama supporter with no black friends himself, Colby revisited his hometown of Birmingham, Ala., to research the truths and myths (integrated neighborhoods can actually drive property values up) of American integration.

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