While in Los Angeles last week, President Barack Obama joined comedian and host Marc Maron on WTF Podcast to chat on a number of issues facing modern America–including gun violence, college, fatherhood and the status quo.
However, one topic in particular seems to have caught the Internet’s attention. During a discussion about race relations in America, the President candidly evoked a racial slur to drive home his point that the country is not “cured” of racism.
“It is incontrovertible that race relations have improved significantly during my lifetime and yours, and that opportunities have opened up, and that attitudes have changed,” the president told Maron on the episode, which was released Monday morning. “That is a fact.”
“What is also true is 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,” he continued. “We’re not cured of it.”
“And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say ‘n****r’ in public. That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination,” he said.
Listen to a portion of the interview, courtesy of WTF Podcast (via Politico).