Twitter Responds Hilariously to Hullabaloo About Obama's Use of 'N-Word'

Human Rights

President Barack Obama used the n-word during a podcast with comedian Marc Maron in which the two discussed race relations and gun control in the wake of the Charleston shootings, CNN reports.

In the podcast "WTF with Marc Maron," which was released this morning, Obama said race relations have improved significantly, mentioning that he was born to a black father and a white mother.

"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,” Obama sad. “It is incontrovertible that race relations have improved significantly during my lifetime and yours.”

But the President added that "the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination" exists. He went on to say that just because racist language is not used as liberally today as in the past, does not mean that racism doesn’t exist.  

"Racism, we are not cured of it. And it's not just a matter of it not being (too) polite to say nigger 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."

The whole point of his remarks were to discuss the reality that racism is alive and well, but media outlets focused more on the fact that he said the n-word than the more systematic forms of racism that inspires the slur’s use.  

Of course, Twitter responded hilariously:

Well, since you asked...

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