President Obama picks the perfect time to address the elephant in the room — racism.
Just a few days after the church massacre in North Carolina, president Obama sat down with Marc Maron and gave his two cents about race in the U.S. He even went as far as using the N-word during his explanation.
“The legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives, you know, that casts a long shadow, and that’s still part of our DNA that’s passed on. We’re not cured of it,” Obama said. “And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say ‘n—–‘ in public, 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 2-300 years prior,” Obama said.
He further addressed the Charleston shooting saying that the government must learn from these shootings and move forward with gun control reform.
“No other advanced nation on Earth … tolerates multiple shootings on a regular basis and considers it normal. It’s not enough to just feel bad,” Obama added. “There are actions that could be taken to make events like this less likely, and one of those actions we could take would be to enhance some basic, common-sense gun safety laws, that by the way, the majority of gun owners support.”
Obama posed a question, asking, “…is there a way of accommodating that legitimate set of traditions with some common-sense stuff that prevents a 21-year-old who is angry about something, or confused about something, or is racist, or is, you know, deranged from going into a gun store and suddenly is packing and can do enormous harm?” He adds, “that is not something that we have ever fully come to terms with.”
Unfortunately, he reiterated his belief that Congress will not be able to act any time soon.
“The grip of the NRA on Congress is extremely strong. I don’t foresee any legislative action being taken in this Congress and I don’t foresee any real action being taken until the American public feels a sufficient sense of urgency and they say to themselves, ‘This is not normal, this is something that we can change, and we’re going to change it,’ he said. “And if you don’t have that kind of public and voter pressure, then it’s not going to change from the inside.”
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