On Friday, comedian Marc Maron's popular podcast, 'WTF With Marc Maron,' scored an important interview with the first-ever politician on the show — President Barack Obama.
For more than an hour, the two discussed a number of issues, among them the Charleston, S.C., shooting, the expectations after his 2008 campaign and the Affordable Care Act. But one of the more surprising parts of the interview was during a discussion on the legacy of slavery, when Obama dropped the N-word on air with Marc Maron.
In the podcast that aired Monday morning, Obama weighed in on the national debate on race relations and gun control when the shooting incident in Charleston was inevitably brought up. He said:
I always tell young people, in particular, do not say that nothing has changed when it comes to race in America, unless you've lived through being a Black man in the 1950s or '60s or '70s. It is incontrovertible that race relations have improved significantly during my lifetime and yours. ...
What is also true is that the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives — that casts a long shadow and that's still part of our DNA that's passed on. We're not cured of it.
Obama then dropped the N-word while explaining that while racist language is not considered "polite," it is not the measure of whether racism exists or not. "Societies don't, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior."