On Friday President Barack Obama sat down with Marc Maron to record an episode of his WTF podcast. The interview itself lasted an hour and was a completely candid conversation with the President of the United States.
Gun safety and racism in America was a large part of the podcast in the shadow of the recent shooting that took place at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. When it comes to those topics the President does not hold back.
“No other advanced nation on Earth … tolerates multiple shootings on a regular basis and considers it normal,” said the President.
Obama also noted that in Australia that there was a mass shooting that was “so shocking” that the country changed its gun laws.”
The President made it clear that he doesn’t want to take away guns, in fact he cited the importance of hunting and sport shooting in America, he said he does wish that we could enact “common-sense gun safety laws”. He said he does not see any progress in the near future, and said that it will take the American public to say “this is not normal.”
As far as racism goes, Obama does made it clear that he feels we have come a long way, but that there is still a lot of ground to make up. He claimed the key to that is proper early childhood education across all communities.
When it comes to the state of racism in America, he cited the long history of discrimination still reverberating in our communities.
“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 in the “WTF” interview. “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,'” he continued.
He also gives a fascinating account of how balancing political agendas on Capitol Hill works. He sees progress as making a few simple steps to ultimately get America headed in a progressive and prosperous direction.