On Friday, culture critic Touré found himself apologizing for a comment he made on Thursday during a political discussion on cable news channel, MSNBC.
As previously reported, Touré – one of the co-hosts of the network’s “The Cycle” – accused Mitt Romney of “using racial coding” to “other” President Barack Obama with “really deep stereotypes about the angry black man.”
“I know it’s a heavy thing,” he said. “I don’t say it lightly, but this is ‘niggerization’.”
Now he’s walked back his comment with an apology: “On yesterday’s show, in discussion about the presidential race, I used a word to make a point. In retrospect, I muddied the discussion by using the N word. I could’ve made my point without that word. I shouldn’t have used it, and for that I’m sorry.”
Touré was discussing Romney’s speech in Ohio on Tuesday, in which the Republican nominee described the President as “angry and desperate.” Romney also characterized the President’s campaign as divisive and hateful.
Watch as Romney makes his comments about Obama and Touré’s response: