If Barack Obama was trying to get our attention by dropping the "N-word" during an interview, his tactic worked.
The POTUS made an appearance on Marc Maron's 'WTF With Marc Maron' podcast, revealing his thoughts on racism and how it still very much exists today even though we've come a long way in equal rights. To make a strong point, Obama shared, "We are not cured of it. And it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say n--ger in public."
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Talking to the President in my garage
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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."
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He wasn't entirely negative about the progress that has been made, even admitting to the fact that radical changes occurred during his lifetime. But he still believes and maintains that the existence of slavery "casts a long shadow and that's still part of our DNA that's passed on."
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While talking about these heavy topics, the President also took the opportunity to have a candid discussion regarding his feelings and thoughts on the Charleston church shooting, which claimed the lives of nine people last week.
Head on over to 'WTF With Marc Maron' — which was recorded in Marc's actual garage! — to listen to the full cast.