A recent memoir from a former White House aide, Omarosa Manigault-Newman, has reignited interest in the possibility of a recording in which the president employs a racial slur for black people.
- Adam Serwer
- The Atlantic
In 1993, The New York Times published an article headlined “Rap’s Embrace of ‘Nigger’ Fires Bitter Debate.”
It’s not a word likely to find its way into headlines today.
Sometime in the past 25 years, using that word became the only proof of racism that much of the country is willing to accept.
The dividing line is hard to find, but one pivotal moment came during the…