On Thursday, the panel of MSNBC’s “The Cycle” dissected Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s claim that President Obama should “take [his] campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago.” Though many would simply write this off as standard campaign rhetoric, co-host Touré argued that Romney was using “deep stereotypes” about black people, calling the comments the “ni**erization” of Obama.
“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 ‘ni**erization,’”Touré continued, shocking his co-panelists. “You are not one of us, you are like the scary black man who we’ve been trained to fear.”
S.E. Cupp was particularly disturbed to hear Touré’s accusation. She argued that Vice President Joe Biden’s “put y’all back in chains” remarks were much more racially offensive, yet he was calling Romney a “racist” for calling Obama “angry.”
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