/new/ was awesome; much more fixated on broader world happenings and news. During elections it would center on politics, but outside of that you could track all sorts of events on /new/. I recall fondly the deepwater horizon oil spill and all the threads on /new/ with technical diagrams, live cam links, etc. It was great!
Now, every single post, even when it involves news, has a political slant. The racism is less a humorous insert and instead became a boring trend that some /pol/ users actually think isn't a satirical farce or an extreme stretch of our actual views. /pol/ is just generally a much shittier place than /new/.