— marc maron (@marcmaron) June 22, 2015
The pair discussed a plethora of topics from college, gun violence, comedians, fatherhood and overcoming fear. However, itâ€™s all been overshadowed by the Presidentâ€™s use of the â€œN-Wordâ€.
“Racism, we are not cured of it. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public,” Obama began.
“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.”
The quote has been grossly taken out of context for the sensationalism of the press and social media.Â FOX Contributor, Tammy Bruce tweeted, â€œDesperate for attn, Obama has now devolved into a shock jock…â€
Desperate for attn, Obama has now devolved into a shock jock "President Obama Uses N-Word In Discussion on Racism" http://t.co/0KvKctMOTv
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) June 22, 2015
The always controversial FOX network took another jab at the President calling him, “the rapper-in-chief” for using the N-word.
The White House has since released a statement regarding the situation. â€œTruth is he uses the term about a dozen times in Dreams from my Father” said White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz.
Obama also shared that despite social unrest in the world, that race relations have drastically improved. “I always tell young people, in particular, do not say that nothing has changed when it comes to race in America, unless you’ve lived through being a black man in the 1950s or ’60s or ’70s. It is incontrovertible that race relations have improved significantly during my lifetime and yours.â€
In terms of the next steps following the South Carolina shooting, The President said, â€œIt’s not enough just to feel bad. There are actions that could be taken to make events like this less likely. One of those actions we could take would be to enhance some basic common sense gun safety laws.â€
However, he doesnâ€™t seem to have much pull in that area, “Unfortunately, the grip of the NRA on Congress is extremely strong. I don’t foresee any legislative action being taken in this Congress.”
Obama does believe that heâ€™s made significant progress throughout his administration. â€œI can answer Ronald Reagan’s question, unequivocallyâ€””Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” And the answer is, on every economic measure, just about we are.â€
He shares how heâ€™s lowered unemployment and restored peopleâ€™s 401K plans. He says high school and college attendance rates are the highest that theyâ€™ve ever been. Heâ€™s also proud of the strides heâ€™s made in helping the LGBT community which includes several states having legalized gay marriage.
“When I look at those things, I can say thatâ€”in terms of not just managing the government, but moving the country forwardâ€”we’ve had a lot more hits than misses, and we’ve made a difference in people’s lives. And that is ultimately what you’re looking for.”
Check out social media’s reaction to the interview.
I like that people who aren't offended by the Confederate Flag in any context are offended that Obama used the N-word in context.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) June 22, 2015
"White gunman kills 9 blacks in church" Conservatives: *yawn* "President used n-word in talk on racism" Conservatives: THIS IS AN OUTRAGE
— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) June 22, 2015
Obama used the N-word when discussing racism and everyone is outraged. But there were presidents who actually owned black people…
— Aley (@AleyLion) June 22, 2015
i mean, obama is probably the 44th president to use the n-word
— pilot (@pilotbacon) June 22, 2015