Rev. Jesse Jackson has apologized for calling Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama a "nigger," a description so highly dreaded in the United States that most media refer to it as the "N-word." Sen. Obama is running to be the first black president in American history.
Jackson used the word in a conversation during a break from an interview on Fox Television. He reportedly said that Sen. Obama "was talking to black people" and then called him a"nigger" for telling blacks how to behave. "I am deeply saddened and distressed by the pain and sorrow that I have caused as a result of my hurtful words. I apologize again to Senator Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, their children as well as to the American public," Jackson said in a written statement.
The incident came less than two years after Jackson called on media and entertainers to refrain from using the "N-word."