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Following the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, President Barack Obama appeared on Marc Maron’s podcast “WTF” and discussed the tragedy as well as the state of race relations in America. Some consider it the most frank discussion on the subject of race that Obama has had during the course of his presidency. The most notable statement made by the president would involve his use of the word Nigger saying “Racism, we are not cured of it. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public.” More than the statement itself, Obama’s lack of euphemization has been the center of debate. Many have railed against the Obama using the word nigger. When asked about the president’s use of the word Nigger on Fox News, Deneen Borelli responded  “We’re talking about the president of the United States using the n-word. He has really dragged in the gutter speak of rap music. So now he’s the first president of rap, of street? He has lowered the stature of the presidency of the United States.” Meanwhile the majority of responses on social media have backed the president’s use of the word. Obama added “The legacy of slavery, Jim Crow and discrimination in almost every institution of our lives—that casts a long shadow. That’s still part of our DNA, societies don’t overnight completely erase everything that happened two-to-three hundred years prior.” Obama’s frankness on race during Maron’s show demonstrates what appears to be a growing weariness with both gun violence and race relations in America. During his press conference immediately following the massacre at Emanuel AME, President Obama stated “At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it. … The fact that this took place in a black church obviously also raises questions about a dark part of our history. This is not the first time that black churches have been attacked. And we know that hatred across races and faiths pose a particular threat to our democracy and our ideals.”  
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