Windy City Watch thinks its funny that Allen was forced to defend himself alongside Black ministers who joined him in his effort to promote bigotry against gays. They may be Black and men of the cloth, but like Allen they too are bigots.
Allen forced to deny using the 'n-word'
Story in Salon.com is latest race-related twist in senator's bid for re-election.
By Hugh Lessig
September 25 2006, 1:10 PM EDT
RICHMOND -- Sen. George Allen found himself playing defense again Monday on the subject of race relations, this time denying allegations that he used racial epithets while playing football at the University of Virginia in the early 1970s.
A story in Salon.com draws on three former teammates of Allen's who said the current senator and potential presidential candidate referred to blacks as "niggers."
One man said Allen gave him the nickname "Wizard" because his last name was the same as a man who had served as the imperial wizard of the United Klans of America, a group affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan. Two of three teammates are quoted anonymously.
It was against this backdrop that Allen appeared in Richmond Monday with a group of African-American pastors to voice his support for a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
Later, facing persistent questions from reporters, an emotional Allen said the story was a lie.
"Let me say this again very clearly so no one can misunderstand this," he said. "These allegations, and this story . . . are false. I don't ever remember ever using that word. That word was not a part of my vocabulary as was asserted in this article. It wasn't then. It hasn't been since then. And it is not now. It is not who I was and is not who I am."
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