Touré: Romney is Campaigning on the ‘Niggerization’ of Obama
On Thursday’s episode of MSNBC’s new show The Cycle, the topic du jour was Mitt Romney’s assertion that President Obama should “take [his] campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago.” In that comment, Touré perceived what he believes to be an explicit racial dog whistle in what Romney was saying, calling it the “niggerization” of the campaign.
“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, as his co-panelists dropped their jaws. “You are not one of us, you are like the scary black man who we’ve been trained to fear.”
Conservative co-host S.E. Cupp took issue with Touré’s characterization of Romney’s remarks, saying, ”you were implying that Mitt Romney and the base will respond to this dog-whistle, racially-charged coding, and hate Obama, the angry black man?”, to which Touré responded, “Absolutely.”
“That’s so irresponsible,” Cupp snapped back.
What do you think? Do you believe that the Romney campaign is trying to paint President Obama as a hoodlum by saying he should take his style of politics back to Chicago? Touré is certainly correct in saying that much of the right wing has engaged in a sort of “otherization” of Obama, because no other President has ever been demanded to show his birth certificate, or otherwise prove that he is American. Would you define that as “niggerization” ? Or did Touré take it a step too far.
Watch the exchange below:
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