SC Politician Apologizes for 'Raghead' Slur
It was a just a joke, says lawmaker who stung Haley, Obama
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2010 9:40 AM CDT
South Carolina Sen. John M. 'Jake' Knotts speaks in this file photo from 2009.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The South Carolina politician who used the term "raghead" to describe Nikki Haley and President Obama says his comment has been—wait for it—taken out of context. "My ‘raghead’ comments about Obama and Haley were intended in jest,” state Senator Jake Knotts tells the State. He said he was speaking during a "freewheeling, anything-goes Internet radio show that is broadcast from a pub."

And "since my intended humorous context was lost in translation, I apologize," said Knotts, who couldn't resist one more dig at the gubernatorial candidate. "I still believe Ms. Haley is pretending to be someone she is not, much as Obama did, but I apologize to both for an unintended slur."