Obama once broke his schoolmate’s nose for calling him a racial fraud
Former President Barack Obama once broke the nose of a basketball teammate with his fist for describing him as a racial fraud while in the middle school locker room, he said in a new interview.
The 59-year-old first opened when he slapped his ex-middle school student on his new podcast on his new podcast with rock star Bruce Springsteen on Monday.
“Look, when I was in school I had a boyfriend. We played basketball together, ”Obama said to the Glory Days singer during a conversation about the race on Spotify’s Renegades: Born in the USA.
“And once we had an argument and he called me c-n,” Obama said of the argument in his home state. “Now first of all, there are no C-ns in Hawaii, are there?”
“It’s one of those things that – where he might not even know what a c-n was – he knew, ‘I can hurt you if I say this,” Obama said.
“And I remember slapping his face and breaking his nose. And we were in the locker room … I explained to him – I said, “Don’t ever call me that.”
After hearing the story, Springsteen cut in: “Well done.”
The former free world leader briefly mentioned the incident in his 1995 treatise “My Father’s Dreams” – but it is said to be the first time he has spoken publicly about the incident.
In the book, Obama described how racial tension rose in Hawaii and found solace on the basketball court before being referred to as the bow.
“My mind would go through a book full of little things: the first boy in seventh grade to call me c-n; his tears of surprise – “Why are you doing this?” – when I gave him a bloody nose, “he wrote.
In the podcast, which focuses on politics, family, and race, Obama identified the use of racist hate speech as an attempt by one person to “gain status over the other.”
I may be poor. I can be ignorant. I can be mean I can be ugly. I may not like myself. I can be unhappy. But do you know what I am not? “Obama said to Springsteen.” ‘I’m not you.’ “
“This basic psychology, which is then institutionalized, is used to justify the dehumanization of someone by exploiting, cheating, stealing, killing, raping,” Obama said.
“Whatever it is, at the end of the day it really matters. And in some cases it’s as simple as, “I’m scared, I’m insignificant and not important.” And this thing is going to give me some meaning, ”Obama said.