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president obama using the n. word in a podcast posted monday to make the point that racism remains a problem embedded in america appearing in an interview on the popular w. t. f. podcast hosted by comedian mark merritt obama said the legacy of discrimination is still a part of our d. n. a. the president said we're not cured of it and it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say the racial epithet in public that's not the measure of whether racism still exists or not it's not just a matter of overt discrimination as we find ourselves obama wave in is the nation deals with the fallout from last week's killing of nine church goers at a black church in charleston south carolina julia edwards covers the white house for reuters in washington , we really want to strike a chord of of outrage his , it's frustrated by what he seen and by using a word like that specifically on this podcast that reaches out to a lot of young people on you kind of giving a wake up call is being provocative here obama will deliver the eulogy for the churches pastor on friday