Editor's warning: This report about former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's book about growing up in the segregated South contains language you may find offensive, including the N-word. Rice explained she had to use the word in an interview with CNN to accurately portray what happened at a football game in 1964. Should you continue reading, we must warn you that we have left her quote intact and have included the word in the story.
Washington (CNN) – It's not every day that you hear the former secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, say the N-word. But she did during a taped interview with me that will air today in The Situation Room (5-7 p.m. ET).
We had a lengthy discussion about her new book, "Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family." It's the very powerful and moving story of her growing up in the segregated South – a story that's still hard to believe because it took place not all that long ago in the United States.
Eventually, I brought up her love of NFL football. Over the years, in conversations with me, she's made no secret of her dream of one day becoming the NFL commissioner.
I asked her to explain why - to this very day - she's a Cleveland Browns fan.
It's simple, she said. A lot of the NFL teams still didn't have black players in the early 1960s. The Browns had the great running back Jim Brown. In the book, she writes: "Though Washington, D.C., was geographically the closest to us, my father hated the Redskins for their racist policies. They couldn't be our team."
The Redskins were the last NFL team to have a black player.
A year after the 1964 Civil Rights Act was passed, she and her mother went to an NFL game in Birmingham between the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings. It was the first time they could even enter the once all-white stadium.
In the interview with me, she recalled that she and her mom got all dressed up with new suits. They were so excited, especially when former Olympic gold medal winner Bob Hayes, playing for the Cowboys, scored a touchdown on the opening kickoff.
She then warned me that in telling what happened next, she would "have to use the word." She recalled that a white man sitting behind them said something along the lines of: "Oooh-wee. Look at the nigger run!"