One term shows how much we’ve changed the route we talk about race

( CNN) A top exec leaves Netflix after using the N-word in front of black employees. A conservative commentator tells a black man he’s out of his “cotton-picking intellect” during a televised debate. Roseanne Barr makes a racist tweet, leading to the cancellation of her sitcom.


George Allen was a popular Republican US senator cruising to a re-election victory in Virginia in the summer of 2006 where reference is use the word at a campaign rally to describe an Indian-American man holding a camera in the virtually all-white crowd.