That really bothered me. 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." You are not one of us, you are like the scary black man who we’ve been trained to fear.I've never been called a nigger (by a white person) to my face, but my mom shared a story with me about her when she was young and she ran into the KKK. She was by herself and he was a ways away, but not so far she couldn't see the noose he was waving in his hands. For Touré to use "nigger" in whatever form is to equate Mitt Romney to that man my Mama saw. I don't know if Touré is just young and ignorant or if he himself is just an "angry black man," but for him to throw "nigger" around more than angers me; it pisses me off. That is a heavy word, like a loaded gun. While it's value is negative, it does have value. Nigger comes from three hundred years of slavery, decades of Jim Crow, and my Mama alone with a ghost. Nigger comes from my biracial aunt who had trouble making friends. It comes from Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and death to the easy to google image of Emmett Till's dead body. Many black liberals jump at the chance to tell me I don't know my roots, but Touré, intelligent black man, can't see the sickness in his mentality, digging for hate and racism where there is none because he himself is an angry black man who obviously doesn't know where he comes from.
Touré's use of the word "niggerization" is cheap. It's bad enough young black kids throw it around like people didn't die hearing that word, but he's a grown man and he should know better. It waters down the meaning of hate and racism, and it cheapens the struggle and fight of black men and women who came before him. It shows his own hatred and ignorance. Obama's campaign is angry, there's no denying that. Touré has an issue with anyone who would dare criticize Obama and call him what he is. The black community has it's share of problems, and Touré is the personification of the deep root of those problems. It's sad Touré has a platform where his ignorant and hateful rhetoric can be heard, but maybe there is a positive spin. If anything, Touré should an example for our young black men and women on how not to conduct themselves.