The History Of White Celebrities Using The "N" Word

George Allen

Date: September 24, 2006

In 2006, former Virginia Senator George Allen was running for re-election, and expected to win, before news broke that he had used a racial slur, thus derailing his campaign. According to a Salon article, 19 of Allen's former college football teammates claimed that he "used the "N" word on a regular basis back then." 

Several teammates also attested to the fact that he gave off the impression that he was racist. Dr. Ken Shelton, a former teammate of Allen, said he specifically remembered that "Allen said he came to Virginia because he wanted to play football in a place where ‘blacks knew their place.'"

Allen spoke against the allegations, claiming, "It is completely false for them to say that that was a part of my vocabulary then, or since then or now I have never. I don’t understand why I would ever use such a word and I don’t remember ever using it and again, for them to assert that that was part of my vocabulary is absolutely false."

Despite his insistence that the claims were incorrect, the damage had already been done, and Allen was not re-elected.

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