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Obama on Comedy Central: America ‘by No Means’ Has Overcome Legacy of Jim Crow, Slavery
Comedy Central

Name: Comedy Central


The Daily Show

Name: The Daily Show


Barack Obama

Name: Barack Obama

Employment: The White House

Position: President

, Trevor Noah

Name: Trevor Noah

Employment: The Daily Show

Position: Comedian

“My general theory is that if I was clear in my own mind about who I was, comfortable in my own skin, and had clarity about the way in which race continues to be this powerful factor in so many elements of our lives, but that it is not the only factor in so many aspects of our lives, that we have by no means overcome the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow and colonialism and racism, but that the progress we’ve made has been real and extraordinary, if I’m communicating my genuine belief that those who are not subject to racism can sometimes have blind spots or lack of appreciation of what it feels to be on the receiving end of that, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not open to learning and caring about equality and justice and that I can win them over because there is goodness in the majority of people. I always felt that if I really knew that and I just communicated it as clearly as I could, that I would be okay. Another way of saying this is there has not been a time in my public life or presidency where I feel as if I have had to bite my tongue. There have been times in my public life where I’ve said, ‘How do I say this diplomatically? How do I say this,’ as you indicated, ‘in a way that it’s received?’”
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