Obama on Racism in America: "It's Not Just A Matter Of Not Being Polite To Say N***** In Public"


In an interview with podcaster Marc Maron that was released today, President Obama addressed the legacy of slavery and racism in America.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: 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...

Racism, we are not cured of it, clearly. 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. Societies don't, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior.

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