President Obama said “n*****” on a podcast Sunday, leading to an argument as to whether he should be using the word at all.
Speaking to Marc Maron on The WTF Podcast released Monday, the two individuals got into a conversation on the issue of race in the United States. “The legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives, you know, that casts a long shadow, and that’s still part of our DNA that’s passed on,” Obama told Maron. “We’re not cured of it.”
“And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say ‘n*****’ in public,” the president continued. “That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination.”
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‘N-word’ has been trending on Twitter across the U.S. since the interview was released Monday, generating passionate thoughts on the issue, including from Piers Morgan, formerly of CNN:
What would I do with white people who use the N-word? Jail them.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 22, 2015
Morgan’s words generated some mixed responses:
@piersmorgan JAIL FOR USING A WORD HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH
— jay (@VlVARONALDO) June 22, 2015
@piersmorgan As much as I agree with it being a horrible word. It should be the same for black people. And jail? There’s no space…
— Liam Andrews (@liamandrewsmk) June 22, 2015
@piersmorgan So black people can use it but white people can’t? RACIST
— Joey Drinkhall (@JoeDrinkhall) June 22, 2015
@piersmorgan fine them. Also fine the blacks who use the same.
— Jacob Mathews (@jacobmathews) June 22, 2015
@piersmorgan nigger jail me piers
— j (@LargePeas) June 22, 2015
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