President Obama Gets Candid About Race On WTF! With Marc Maron Podcast, Catches Flack For Using The N-Word

“The legacy of slavery, Jim Crow and discrimination in almost every institution of our lives—that casts a long shadow. Thats still part of our DNA. Societies don’t overnight completely erase everything that happened 200-300 years prior. We are not cured of it. It’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say n-gger in public. That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination.”

This was President Barack Obama’s most candid moment in his hotly anticipated hour-plus-long interview with Marc Maron on his WTF! podcast, which was recorded Friday in Los Angeles and posted online this morning. As you might expect, conservatives are being ridiculously and deliberately obtuse about Obama’s use of the n-word during the interview – Fox News host Todd Starnes tweeted, “You, sir, have disgraced the office of the presidency.” Sigh. Obama used the word in the context of talking about race and racism — it’s not like he called someone the n-word. Also, Barack Obama is a Black man, he is allowed to use the n-word. If you are not Black, you cannot use the n-word. The memo on this has been circulating since forever, read it, thanks, byeeee.

But the thing that absolutely kills me is that many of the people who will take issue with Obama’s use of the n-word are also the very same ones who will be left breathless defending the Confederate flag, which is literally a symbol of racist white supremacy. Starnes tweeted that those who are demanding that the Confederate flag be taken down in South Carolina in the wake of the Charleston shooting are “grandstanding,” and said of a Washington Post column about the flag’s racist history, “What ignorance.” Talk about making the President’s point for him, by taking issue with Obama saying the n-word in public while at the same time supporting racist and oppressive policies and ideologies. It would be laughable if it weren’t so depressing and people weren’t, you know, dying.

Anyway, I’m a huge fan of Marc Maron’s podcast and consider him a great interviewer, so while he was a little more subdued than usual, the whole interview is well worth a listen. Check it out here! [NBC News]