Obama drops N-bomb in candid interview on race

The issues were brought to the forefront after the mass shooting carried out by gunman Dylann Roof.

US President Bararck Obama adressed the issues of racism and gun violence in the country in a candid radio interview. Picture AFP

JOHANNESBURG - US President Barrack Obama dropped the N-word in a radio interview with American comedian Marc Maron in which he addressed gun violence and race candidly.

"First of all, I always tell young people in particular, do not say that nothing has changed when it comes to race in America, unless you lived through being a black man in the 1950s or 60s, or 70s. It is incontrovertible that race relations have improved significantly during my lifetime and yours, and that opportunities have opened up, and that attitudes have changed. What is also true is that the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination, in almost every institution of our lives, 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.

"Racism, we're not cured of it. And it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say 'n****r' 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 two to three hundred years prior," he added.

The issues were brought to the forefront after the mass shooting carried out by gunman Dylann Roof.

Obama was addressing the complex issue of America's history with racism following last week's shooting.

"No other advanced nation on earth tolerates multiple shootings on a regular basis and considers it normal," said Obama.

LISTEN: The US president speaking candidly on race

As always, Twitter users seemed ready to react, even without notification.

A popular vine of the US President dancing to the popular song Hot N*gga by Bobby Shmurda has also resurfaced and is being shared.