MSNBC host apologizes for using the ‘n-word’ but not for calling Mitt Romney a racist
MSNBC host Touré came under fire yesterday for claiming that because Mitt Romney called the Obama campaign ‘angry’ that he was guilty of niggerizing the president.
That really bothered me,” he said. “You notice he said 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, I don’t say it lightly, but this is ‘niggerization,’” Touré said to the apparent shock of his co-panelists. “You are not one of us, you are like the scary black man who we’ve been trained to fear.”
Today Touré kinda, sorta apologized, but not really: Touré apologized for using the ‘n-word’ but he did not apologize for basically calling Mitt Romney a racist:
I muddied the discussion by using the ‘n-word.’ I could’ve made the same point without that word. “I shouldn’t have used it and for that I’m sorry
Touré is sorry because by using the racial slur to make his argument the focus of his comment was aimed at the word he used and not the substance of his claim. He is simply sorry that his choice of words took focus away from the point he was trying to make, he is not sorry for calling Mitt Romney a racist and in fact he seems to be standing by that portion of his claim. He still believes Mitt Romney was ‘niggerizing’ Barack Obama, he simply wishes he had put it differently.
In my opinion calling Mitt Romney a racist for calling out Barack Obama’s divisive campaign tactic and hate filled rhetoric is just as offensive–if not more so–than using the ‘n-word’ and he owes Mitt Romney a full apology, not a half-hearted one which came only because he was feeling the heat for his words.