In an interview with a radio show, President Obama spoke of the shadow of slavery that still hangs over the US and did not hesitate to use the forbidden N-word.
“Racism, we are not cured of it,” Obama added. “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.”
A few days after the shooting in Charleston, where nine black men and women were killed in a church in Charleston by a young white supremacist, the president spoke at length on the painful issue of racism, always present in American society.
Obama’s use of the N-word is a bold declaration for some but “unworthy” of his status as President for others. The news quickly became the headlines of internet sites as well as TV networks, most censoring the president’s voice.
The use of the word has also been strongly commented on on Twitter:
People who have a problem with Obama sayin the N word missed the point he was trying to make.
— Chelsea (@_smiley89) June 22, 2015
For others, Obama has disgraced the presidential office:
President Obama drops the N-word during an interview. You, sir, have disgraced the office of the presidency.
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) June 22, 2015
Faced with the outcry, The White House, according to CNN, issue a statement assuring that it was not the first time that the president has used the “N-Word” since he had made use of it at least a “dozen times “in his memoir, Dreams From My Father. The spokesman of the White House Josh Earnest said at a press briefing that the president does not regret using the word.