President Barack Obama used the n-word during a recent visit to comedia Marc Maron’s podcast “WTF with Marc Maron” when he discussed the reality of racism. During the podcast, the president made remarks about the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina and gun control.
Although Obama said progress has been made, we have a long way to go.
“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,” Obama said.
“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 said. “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.”
But of course the media took that one line and ran with it without looking at the context it was said.
What the president said about race was true. And the events over the last week definitely prove him right. When you’re living in 2015, and you still having black people fight for their rights, crazed racist lunatics running into churches and shooting them up, you can’t compare the U.S to a pack of Virginia Slims and say that “We’ve come a long way baby”.
Racism isn’t going anywhere, it’s a sad and realistic reality. As long as the Dylann Roofs of the world roam free, as long as social media and the internet is around to provide a new breeding ground for racists and as long as the government refuses to accept their role in it, it’s not going anywhere.