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Why Did President Obama Use The N-Word?

Following the senseless violence in Charleston, South Carolina, President Obama did an interview with radio personality Marc Maron and his podcast, “WTF with Marc Maron”.

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The pair discussed a plethora of topics from college, gun violence, comedians, fatherhood and overcoming fear. However, it’s all been overshadowed by the President’s use of the “N-Word”.

“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.

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“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. FOX Contributor, Tammy Bruce tweeted, “Desperate for attn, Obama has now devolved into a shock jock…”

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. “Truth 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.”

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In terms of the next steps following the South Carolina shooting, The President said, “It’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.”

However, he doesn’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 he’s made significant progress throughout his administration. “I can answer Ronald Reagan’s question, unequivocally—”Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” And the answer is, on every economic measure, just about we are.”

He shares how he’s lowered unemployment and restored people’s 401K plans. He says high school and college attendance rates are the highest that they’ve ever been. He’s also proud of the strides he’s made in helping the LGBT community which includes several states having legalized gay marriage.

“When I look at those things, I can say that—in terms of not just managing the government, but moving the country forward—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.

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