President Says N-Word To Discuss Real Racism And Conservative Heads Explode


The first African-American president of the United States said “n*gger” to offer a nuanced and poignant statement on race in America. Yet to some, context doesn’t matter–only the word itself. The media has already begun to question whether the President’s words were offensive. During a podcast interview with comedian Marc Maron, the President commented that racism is not dead:

Racism, we are not cured of it. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say n*gger 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.

Cue the faux outrage. As predictable as clockwork, the intentionally obtuse have pounced on the President’s words as a means of calling him a racist.

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Others seem to take this as a double standard:

And my favorite exchange:

We live in a world where half of America thinks that racism exists only when someone says “n*gger.” They also think that racism is anyone who uses a racial descriptor in a discussion but see no racism in flying the Confederate flag which is a symbol of racism and white supremacy. This intentional oversimplification makes it impossible to have meaningful dialogue in our nation. Not saying “n*gger” when committing a racist act doesn’t make your act any less racist. Likewise, using the word “n*gger” to demonstrate this fact does not make you a racist.

AUDIO: President Uses N-Word In Context

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Maybe this can be best demonstrated with a multiple choice quiz:

1.  Shooting nine black people because you think they are taking over America, but you didn’t say “n*gger” during the massacre. Are you:

a.  Racist
b.  Not Racist
c.  I’m not sure what his motivations could have been.

2.  Only targeting black kids at a pool party while paying no attention whatsoever to the many white kids who were also at the party. But, you didn’t say “n*gger.” Are you:

a.  Racist
b.  Not Racist
c.  I don’t think he targeted black kids even though the video showed him only targeting black kids.

3.  Saying, “There were three white men banging on my door last night.”

a.  Racist
b.  Not Racist

4.  Calling the police because you see a black kid sleeping in a car.

a.  Racist
b.  Not racist

5.  Saying “n*gger” to demonstrate that racism is not limited to using that word in public. Are you:

a.  Racist
b.  Not Racist
c.  You don’t have to say “N*gger” to be a racist?

Claiming that the President is racist because he said “n*gger” to demonstrate that this word is not the only measurement of racism is a fatuous at best. Racism is not a word. This is expressly what the President was demonstrating. And now, the mainstream-media along with conservative shills will demonstrate how intentionally tone-deaf and ridiculous they can be. Our media is so desperate for clicks, it strips away any substance and nuance that would lead to a meaningful discussions that would actually help move our nation forward. It leaves the national conversation devoid of anything productive. And this is exactly where many people want it to be.


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