Former US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that he once broke a classmate’s nose after the then friend used a racial slur during a locker room brawl.
According to The Hill, the 44th US President shared the experience in an episode of his Spotify podcast with Bruce Springsteen, “Renegades,” released Monday (local time).
“Look, when I was in school I had a friend. We used to play basketball together,” Obama told the “Born in the USA” frontman during a big talk about race.
“And one time we had a fight and he called me c —,” Obama said quoting Hill about 13 minutes after the episode started before joking about his upbringing in State. ‘Aloha to Springsteen’s laughter. there are no c — s in Hawaii, right?
“It’s one of those things that – where he didn’t even know what a c was – – what he did know was, ‘I can hurt you by saying that,'” Obama added.
The country’s first black president added with a laugh: “And I remember punching him in the face and breaking his nose. And we were in the locker room.”
“Well done,” Springsteen remarked.
“I explained to him – I said, ‘Never call me something like that,'” Obama recalls.
It is believed to be the first time the former president has publicly discussed the incident, The Hill reported.
Throwing racial slurs, he said, is “an assertion of status over the other.”
“” I can be poor. I can be ignorant. I can be mean. I can be ugly. I may not love myself. I can be miserable. But do you know what I’m not? “” Obama told Springsteen. “I am not you.”
“This basic psychology which is then institutionalized is used to justify dehumanizing someone, taking advantage of them, deceiving them, stealing from them, killing them, raping them,” Obama said quoting The Hill.
“Either way, at the end of the day it really comes down to that. And in some cases it’s as simple as, you know, ‘I’m afraid I’m being insignificant and unimportant. And that thing is the thing that’s gonna give me some importance, ”Obama said.
Obama has repeatedly discussed the lingering effects of racism on American society, both in power and since his departure.
He referred to a racial insult in a 2015 interview to warn that America is not “cured” of racism. In his comments, made following a deadly shooting at a historically black church in South Carolina, Obama said: “It’s not just a matter of not being polite. [the N-word] in public, The Hill reported.
“It is not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It is not simply a matter of overt discrimination. Societies do not erase everything that has happened overnight. 300 years ago, ”he added.
Spotify podcast titled “Renegades: Born in the USA”. “Renegades: is an eight-part episode featuring the dynamic duo, who have been friends for over a decade.
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