Barack Obama says he once broke a friend’s nose for using racial slurs


Obama said hurling racial slurs comes down to “an assertion of status over the other.” (DEPOSIT)


Former US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he once broke a classmate’s nose after the friend at the time 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 laughs, “Now first of all, there are no c — s in Hawaii, right?”

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“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 you know what I am not? “” Obama told Springsteen. “I am not you.”

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“This basic psychology which is then institutionalized is used to justify dehumanizing someone, taking advantage of them, deceiving them, robbing them, killing them, raping them,” Obama said, quoting Hill.

“Anyway, 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 not meaningful and not important. 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 in the wake of a deadly 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] in public, The Hill reported.

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“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-episode episode featuring the dynamic duo, who have been friends for over a decade.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by The Bharat Express News staff and is posted Platforms.)



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