Touré, co-host of MSNBC’s "The Cycle," accused Mitt Romney of "using racial coding" to "other" President Barack Obama with "really deep stereotypes about the angry black man."
"I know it's a heavy thing," he said. "I don't say it lightly, but this is n----rization."
The following day, Touré apologized for using the controversial word: "On yesterday's show, in discussion about the presidential race, I used a word to make a point. In retrospect, I muddied the discussion by using the N word. I could've made my point without that word. I shouldn't have used it, and for that I'm sorry."
Touré was discussing Romney's speech in Ohio on Tuesday, in which the Republican nominee described the President as "angry and desperate." Romney also characterized the President's campaign as divisive and hateful.
Although Romney hasn't commented on the issue directly, a spokesperson for his campaign told Breitbart News, "We are discussing this matter with network executives at MSNBC."
Touré is a cultural critic who has written extensively about race. He is the author of "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means to Be Black Now," which he described as "an exploration of modern Black identity" on his Facebook page.