Obama uses ‘n-word’ regarding racism in US

President Barack Obama speaks at podcast interview regarding race and discrimination issues after church attack

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

During an online podcast interview, US President Barack Obama spoke regarding the latest church massacre, using the “n-word” to argue that the United States has a long way to go before ending the racism issue in the country.

Obama argued in the interview that though the United States has taken important steps for the elimination of racism, it still has yet to fully overcome its issues.

"We're 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,” said Obama at an online podcast interview with Marc Maron, the host of the "WTF" podcast.

President’s comments came shortly after 21-year-old suspect, Dylann Roof, allegedly opened fire at a historic African American church in Charleston, South Carolina and killed nine members last week.

Obama also spoke in concern of gun control, complaining that the Congress has not been able to take action for stricter gun control, after the shooting of nine black people at an African American church in South Carolina, assertedly by a white man in his 20s last week.

A number of mass shootings recorded recently in the country have raised question regarding gun control as the right to own firearms in the United States is constitutionally protected.

He pointed out that though there have been improvements in the country regarding discrimination and race issues, America's history of enslaving black people "casts a long shadow and that's still part of our DNA that's passed on."

"It's not just a matter of overt discrimination," he said. "Societies don't, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior."

President Obama talked regarding shooting incidents in the United States saying one of his “darkest days” of his presidency was yet another shooting incident that took place Dec. 14, 2012 killing 26 people at a school in Connecticut.

During the interview Obama also talked about fatherhood and the challenges he faces with his job as president.

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