Former US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that he broke a schoolboy’s nose after a racial slur was used by a then friend during a locker room battle.
According to The Hill, the 44th US president shared the experience with Bruce Springsteen in an episode of his Spotify podcast, “Renegades,” released on Monday (local time).
“Listen, I had a friend when I was in school. We played basketball together in the race,” Obama told the “USA-born” singer during an extensive conversation at the race.
“Once we got into a brawl and he called me a c —,” Hill told Obama about 13 minutes into the episode before his Aloha State chuckle to Springsteen, “Now all. First. There is no one in Hawaii, right?
“It’s one of those things – where he can’t even know what a c — was – he who knew, ‘I can hurt you by saying that,'” Obama said.
The country’s first black president added with a laugh, “And I remember I gave him the pope in the face and broke his nose. And we were in the locker room.”
“Well done,” commented Springsteen.
“I explained to him – I said, ‘Have you ever said anything like that to me,” Obama said.
It is the first time that the former president has publicly discussed the incident, The Hill reported.
He said that harassing racial slaves, “comes down to claiming status on the other.”
“” I can be poor. I can be ignorant. I can be mean. I can be ugly. I can’t like myself. I can be sad But you know what I’m not? “” Obama told Springsteen. “I’m not like you.”
“Hill Basic Psychology, which is then institutionalized, is used to demean someone, taking advantage of ’em, cheatin’ em, stalin ‘by picking’ em, killeen’m, rapping them.” “Hill said to Obama.
“Whatever it is, at the end of the day it really comes down. And in some cases it’s as simple as, you know, ‘I’m afraid I’m unimportant and not important. And that’s the point.’ Is. I will be given some importance, “Obama said.
Obama has discussed the impact of racism on American society many times in office and since leaving it.
He provoked a racial slur in a 2015 interview to warn that America is not “right” to racism. In his remarks, following a fatal shooting at a historically black church in South Carolina, Obama said, “It’s not just a matter of not being polite to say [the N-word] Publicly, Hill reported.
He said, “This is not a measure of whether racism still exists. It is not just a matter of discrimination. Societies overnight completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years ago.”
Spotify podcast titled ‘Renegades: Born in USA’. ‘Renegades:’ is an eight-episode feature featuring Dynamic Duo, who have been friends for over a decade.
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