Hate Toure’s remark all you want. It’s right on point and he had the balls to say it. Just because it makes people uncomfortable=doesn’t mean its false.
At first glance, the media firestorm over Touré, an MSNBC commentator who used the the n-word to describe Mitt Romney’s campaign tactics against President Obama, is just the latest political controversy to generate heat but little light.
Yet Touré’s blunt assessment of Romney’s “ni**erization” of Obama, and the sanctimonious outrage it triggered, illustrated a disturbing trend in American politics: white conservatives have hijacked the debate on race in America.
The highly toxic attempt to seize the racial high ground has stifled the halting attempts at meaningful dialogue and has marginalized critics of a society still heavily weighted toward whites. It’s also misdirected the anger of disaffected whites, who now believe they are the victims of a power structure commanded by the nation’s first black president.
On MSNBC’s The Cycle, Touré powerfully critiqued how Romney – by framing Obama’s administration as “angry” and “divisive,” and favoring handouts over work – has…
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