James Collier, author of the controversial “N” word column, defended himself on CNN by saying he called Obama a nιgger because that’s how many people still think of him.
During the CNN segment, Don Lemon asked Collier what prompted him to write the column titled “The Nιgger in the White House” to which Collier replied “a great many people in the United States continue to think of President Obama as the nιgger.”
Lemon said he understood the point, but still wondered why the “N” word was only in the title and not the article, making it look as if the title was just used by Collier to get attention.
Collier insisted that the title was appropriate for an article explaining that “racism exists in the United States and there’s no getting around it.”
The publisher knew ahead of time that the headline would be controversial and tried to frame the conversation early on.