President Barack Obama used the n-word during a podcast with Marc Maron that aired on Monday. The word was spoken by Obama as part of a matter-of-fact and candid personal reflection on modern racism in the United States.
In “Episode 613 — President Barack Obama” of his WTF podcast, Maron questioned Obama’s “faith in the American public and American democracy” after a lengthy discussion about government, gun control, and racism.
Maron asked Obama to define himself in terms of the African-American community, in light of the shootings and the riots in Baltimore and Ferguson.
“I always tell young people in particular… do not say that nothing’s changed when it comes to race in America unless you lived through being a black man in the 1950s or ’60s or ’70s,” Obama stated on WTF.
The President believes that race relations have “improved significantly” during his lifetime. He explained how he felt it was a fact that opportunities have become available and attitudes have changed toward race.
“What is also true is that the legacy of slavery/Jim Crow/discrimination in almost every institution of our lives… casts a long shadow.”
He called this legacy a “part of our DNA,” adding, “we’re not cured of it.”
Maron clarified, interjecting the word “racism.”
Obama agreed and repeated the WTF host’s interjection, continuing, “… and it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say ‘n****r’ in public.”
“That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don’t, overnight, completely erase everything that happened two to 300 years prior.”
Barack’s polarizing language is not left unfounded. The word continues to prove itself inflammatory, and has been used for both positive and negative reflections on the 44th President of the United States.
WestView News reporter James Lincoln Collier made an attempt at a pro-Obama article with the triggering word in the headline. “The N****r in the White House” was not well received by the New York community, and negative feedback was splashed across world news sources afterward.
In May of 2014, New Hampshire Police Commissioner Robert Copeland refused to recant or make an apology for referring to the POTUS as an “effin” n-word per USA Today.
Obama stated that police have a tough job and he believes things need to be implemented to make police/community relations better.
The host asked Barack if he felt his faith was in the people.
Obama agreed that his faith was indeed “in the people” as “good, decent, generous people.”
This theme of the American people overall being good and decent flows throughout the podcast. There was only the single use of the n-word as a lesson of what not to say during any polite interview.
[Image credited to Pete Souza via MarcMeetsObama.com]