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President Barack Obama Was About That Life: Broke His Homeboy’s Nose Over Racial Slur


Say what you will about former U.S President Barack Obama, but he is by far one of the best storytellers in politics. In a recent interview with Bruce Springsteen, he revealed that he once “popped a friend in the face and broke his nose” over a racial slur.


As the first Black President of the United States, Obama has been subjected to unimaginable levels of racism while in office. He has been very candid about his upbringing, his father a Kenyan economist and his mother a white-American anthropologist. This is one of the first instances we’ve heard about the racism that he faced while growing up. At least, never before shared in such candid detail.


Obama was born in Honolulu Hawaii, where his parents met while at University. Barack would spend a great deal of his formative years there.


“I had a friend and one time we got into a fight and he called me a coon. I remember I popped him in the face and broke his nose”. He recalled, “Now first of all, ain’t no c**ns in Hawaii, right?” Apparently Obama ran down on the kid while they were in the locker room, following the incident.


In the Springsteen interview, Obama chalked it up to the friend not knowing what a c**n was, and not realizing the weight that the word had. He’s far more forgiving than most, including myself would have been in such a situation.


C**n is still a very heavy word, and a hot button term. It’s history goes back to the anti-Black c**n caricature of the Jim Crow era. The coon was portrayed as a lazy, easily frightened, chronically idle, inarticulate, buffoon.


“‘Don’t you ever call me something like that.” He told the friend - Standing at over 6 feet and a known basketball star at the time, why would anyone dare to mess with Barack Obama?


President Barack Obama is honest about a lot of things, including some of the times when he’s gotten it wrong himself. Last year, he admitted that he used to use slurs when referring to the LGBTQ community. He credited this behavior to his views on Gay people at the time, even on his initial campaign trail back in 2008, Obama did not believe in the union between same-sex partners. We witnessed his views change in real time - and it was under his administration in 2014 when same-sex marriage was legalized across all 50 states.


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