A candidate for the Minnesota House has caused controversy after he used the n-word in a campaign video.
Kyle Greene, who is standing as an independent in House District 18A, said the slur in a video posted on his Facebook page last month.
It has now attracted wider attention after a growing number of shares on Facebook, where it has now been viewed more than 92,000 times.
"I want to be your state representative. I want to be your public servant. And I want to be your n-----," Greene says at the end of the 33-second clip.
According to the Crow River Media, Greene identifies as mixed race, part Cherokee Indian, part African-American and part white.
He is an organic farmer who lives near Grove City, and is running to unseat the veteran GOP Rep. Dean Urdahl.
Speaking to the Star Tribune, Greene said he used the n-word to get people to "unify as a society" and "stop dealing with trivial matters."
"The word ... is part of the American history, regardless of the race. ... It’s part of my history being African-American, white and Cherokee Indian," he told the newspaper.
The former Army National Guardsman is running on a platform of judicial reform, calling for an end to people being wrongly imprisoned "in order for those in power to further their careers."