President Obama Uses a Racial Slur to Make a Point

On Monday, President Obama chose to steer clear of traditional news outlets by taking an interview with comedian Marc Maron's popular podcast--well known for the frequent use of coarse language. During the interview, President Obama discussed the debates on race and guns, as well as the recent Charleston, South Carolina massacre. Obama said "Racism, we are not cured of it. And it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger 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 200 to 300 years prior." Naturally, the president's use of a racial slur caused plenty of controversy--especially on Twitter.

In response, White House spokesman did an inadequate job of explaining the President's comments by saying that Obama didn't plan in advance to be provocative, but that is was just him making a point during a casual, free-flowing interview. Obama also said that while while attitudes about race have improved significantly since he was born to a white mother and black father, the "legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives, that casts a long shadow and that's still part of our DNA that's passed on." He then went on to gun control by saying "I will tell you, right after Sandy Hook, Newtown, when 20 6-year-olds are gunned down, and Congress literally does nothing — yes, that's the closest I came to feeling disgusted. I was pretty disgusted." He said the tradition of hunting and sportsmanship is fine but "The question is just is there a way of accommodating that legitimate set of traditions with some common-sense stuff that prevents a 21-year-old who is angry about something or confused about something, or is racist, or is deranged from going into a gun store and suddenly is packing, and can do enormous harm."

The interview took place on Friday Maron's Los Angeles garage studio — close to where the president attended Occidental College — and seemed to marvel at the absurdity of it. "If I thought to myself that when I was in college that I'd be in a garage a couple miles away from where I was living, doing an interview as president, with a comedian ... it's not possible to imagine," he said. Obama said he did the interview to reach a nontraditional audience. He even placed himself in the heated 2016 presidential race by saying he thinks he would be a better candidate if he were running again because "I know what I'm doing and I'm fearless."

Needless to say, it seems a bit inappropriate for Obama to use the racial slur, even if it was a supposedly 'casual' interview.

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