Barack Obama has been busy since leaving the White House but the 44th President of the United States still has an impact on the culture at large. By way of a new podcast with Rock legend Bruce Springsteen, Obama shared a story of how he broke a friend’s nose who called a coon on the basketball court.
Obama and Springsteen have paired up for the Spotify podcast series Renegades: Born In The USA, where the two men seemingly with little in common on paper are actually aligned more than any of their supporters or fans would know.
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With frank tales about their different upbringings and challenging discussions on race while living in America, Obama landed on a story about living in Hawaii as a teenager and the interaction where he was met with the derogatory term. This came after Springsteen told a story of how his late friend and E Street Band member Clarence Clemons was called the n-word by some white men that he thought were his associates at the very least.
“Listen, when I was in school, I had a friend. We played basketball together,” Obama said. “And one time we got in a fight and he called me a coon. Now, first of all, ain’t no coons in Hawaii, right?”
Obama continued, “Yo, it’s one of those things that—where he might not even know what a c**n was what he knew was, ‘I can hurt you by saying this.’ And I remember, I popped him in the face and broke his nose.”
The entire conversation artfully weaved from lighthearted to serious, with Obama breaking down how someone can use words and a supposed status over someone that’s different than you.
The entire podcast is actually a warm conversation from a pair of men who lived vastly opposite lives but still found a way to forge a bond despite that.
Check out the episode of Renegades below.
President Barack Obama Says He Broke Kid’s Nose Who Called Him A Coon was originally published on hiphopwired.com
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