PRESIDENT OBAMA SPEAKS CANDIDLY ABOUT RACE…USES THE ‘N’ WORD AND SAYS: “WE ARE NOT CURED OF RACISM”
President Obama has made his opinion plain on the matter of racism in this country: it’s systemic and it most definitely still exists. While his candid statements on gun control in the aftermath of the Charleston church shootings earned the attention of the nation last Thursday, his interview on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast may raise some eyebrows because the President chose to articulate a certain taboo racial slur:
“Racism, we’re not cured of it. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say n****r in public.”
The president went on to discuss the fact that while modern racism isn’t as overt as it was in the years leading to the civil rights movement, “”the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination” remains a part of our culture to this day and leaves “a long shadow and that’s still part of our DNA that’s passed on.”
This isn’t the first time President Obama has opened up on his thoughts on racism. It’s been referenced several times in “Dreams From My Father,” the president’s memoir on growing up bi-racial.
In addition to his remarks on racism, Mr. Obama blamed the influence of the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun groups for the refusal of Congress to provide better gun control legislation.
“Unfortunately, the grip of the NRA on Congress is extremely strong. I don’t foresee any legislative action being taken in this Congress.”
Public debates on social media continue about the roles of racism and gun control in the events that lead to the Charleston church massacre. Hearing the president articulate the N-word on a mass media broadcast will no doubt open a new national discussion on the impact of words and thoughts upon the issue of race and equality.