Local civil rights leader reacts to Obama's use of the n-word - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Local civil rights leader reacts to Obama's use of the n-word

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - President Barack Obama recently used the n-word on comedian Marc Maron's podcast while implying that racism still exists in the United States. The President's language was considered offensive to some.

During the podcast, Obama said, "Racism. And we're not cured of it. And it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say n**** in public. That's not a 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."

"If you listen to what he said, I think the key issue is that it's not the word," said local NAACP Executive Director Madeline Taylor. "Just putting the word away doesn't mean that racism is gone, it's racism."

Still, others feel the use of the word is a double standard.

Mike Turney wrote on the WMC Action News 5 Facebook page, "Just imagine if Bush would've said it lol. There would be calls for his impeachment and his head...and that's if he said the same speech word for word."

Taylor believes the current racial climate in America should be an opportunity for self examination.

"Every individual out there has got to research himself and remove this hate because we can't live with this hate." said Taylor.

The jarring comment comes in the wake of last week's shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

The gunman is accused of killing nine African-Americans with the intent to start a "race war."

The White House released a statement saying that this is not the first time the president has used the n-word.

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