Obama: We’ve not ‘overcome the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, and racism,’ but we made progress

President Obama is holding on to the race card he loves to play.

In an interview with Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” the current president told host Trevor Noah that America has yet to overcome its racist past despite the fact that he has served two terms as the first black president.

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“We have by no means overcome the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow [laws], Colonialism and racism,” he said. “But, the progress we’ve made has been real and extraordinary.”

The president said he bit his tongue at times in his public life when it came to talking about race, but it’s tough to tell from his interview with Noah.

“There have been very few instances where I’ve said, ‘Well, that was racist. You are racist,'” he said. “There are times I have said, ‘You may not have taken into account the ongoing legacy of racism for why we have so many black men incarcerated.'”

The president said, he has to be more diplomatic and careful in discussing racial issues than an entertainer would be, but that they both have important roles.

“If Chris Rock is doing stand-up then there is a benefit to him doing something that is different than the President of the United States doing something,” he said.

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“For one thing, he doesn’t have to edit language quite as carefully. Because I am still subject to some restraints on those seven words that George Carlin talked about,” he added.

The president ought to listen to NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown who “fell in love with” President-elect Donald Trump because he wants to get beyond racial division, not exploit it.

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