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Sunday, October 23, 2016


The media are abuzz with opinions on President Obama’s latest remarks on race relations in America, which he made during a podcast interview with comedian Marc Maron, on both how far we’ve come as a society — and the many difficulties that still remain underneath the surface.

And most of all, people are talking about Obama’s usage of a certain word, in order to make his point. Watch a news clip on his comments — he really didn’t pull any punches.

Video via New York Daily News.

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  • Mortalc01l

    Someone has to confront the utter nonsense that somehow race has become a non-factor in the USA… It might as well be the President, who is half black and half white; after all, at least he knows what it’s like to be a black Man in the USA, albeit a very privileged black Man at this point in his life.

    As a Man who has lived all over the World, I can say without a doubt, that the USA is one of the most racially prejudiced places I have ever been to. I used to do a lot of business in Texas and in Mississippi and during high level business meetings, I would sit there and listen to senior executives tell the most disgusting racist jokes – on at least 3 occasions, I walked out of those meetings and told the executives that I refused to do any more business with them.

    Wake up America, there is a cancer in your heart and it needs to be dealt with.

    • JPHALL

      Here is another example of the dearth of journalism today. The message is lost to the choice of using one word. Sad!

  • Dominick Vila

    The focus on President Obama’s decision to use the “n” word to dramatize a legitimate issue that most Americans prefer to sweep under the rug and forget or ignore, highlights the cynicism of the white supremacist movement. The abuses of power by law enforcement officers, what happened in Charleston, the debate over taking down the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Capitol building and replacing it with the flag of the United States, and the excuses made by politicians like Perry, who referred to the Charleston massacre as an “accident”, highlight the magnitude and power of ethnic and cultural intolerance in the United States.
    I spent 30 years in Latin American and Europe, and I never witnessed anything even close to the racism that still exists in the United States. It is, obviously, not as pervasive and blatant as it was before the Civil Rights movement, and it is not as widespread as it used to be, but make no mistake it is alive and well in some segments of our society and I doubt it is going to disappear for at least another generation.

  • FT66

    Saying the word in order to clarify or rather emphasizing a point as the President did, is not as bad as inciting hatred. Fox News has done this many times, and I don’t see why they should be left to continue with their bad behavior.