Editor's warning: This report about former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's book about growing up in the segregated South contains language you may find offensive, including the N-word. Rice explained she had to use the word in an interview with CNN to accurately portray what happened at a football game in 1964*. Should you continue reading, we must warn you that we have left her quote intact and have included the word in the story.The sentence in which Rice guarantees to so offend? "Oooh-wee. Look at the nigger run!"
So which is most offensive:
a) the fact that a white guy 45 years ago said, "Look at the nigger run!" out loud
b) the fact that a former SecState used the magic word telling a story about her childhood experiences
c) the fact that black Americans could not attend pro football games until the 1960s
My vote is for c). Your mileage may vary. But the story itself is a bit of pablum, seemingly only newsworthy because it would necessitate a disclaimer. The magic word doesn't even make an appearance in the accompanying Rice video account of how her dark-skinned father was given an impossible "poll test**" by Democratic election officials to keep him from being able to vote. Seems to me that if we are going to drag up old racial wounds, that fact might be more newsworthy than either a) or b) as well.
* funny that the story says the game took place "A year after the 1964 Civil Rights Act was passed," which would be 1965 by my math. And I don't see a Vikings game against the Cowboys played in Alabama in either '64 or'65. Maybe it was some unrecorded exhibition game?
**"how many beans are in that jar?"