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Touré apologizes for ‘niggerization’!

On MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” co-host Touré just apologized for saying on yesterday’s show that Mitt Romney’s references to an “angry” Obama presidency amounted to “niggerization” of the president. Here’s precisely what Touré had said:

I mean, that really bothered me. You notice he says anger twice. He’s really trying to use racial coding and access some really deep stereotypes about the angry black man. This is part of the playbook against Obama, the “otherization”; he’s not like us. I know it’s a heavy thing to say, I don’t say it lightly, but this is Niggerization. You are not one of use. You are like the scary black man we’ve been trained to fear.

In apologizing for using the term “niggerization” in today’s show, Touré didn’t repeat the word, merely shorthanding things by saying “n-word”. He simply said that he “shouldn’t have used” the word and proclaimed that using the term “muddied” the issue. He said he was “sorry” and sounded sincere.

The apology was somewhat buried: Touré tucked it in at the end of a panel discussion with a comedian. He rushed through it, perhaps not wanting those who agreed with the “niggerization” remark to take note.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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