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Barack Obama has no regrets after using the n-word

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President Barack Obama does not regret using the 'n-word' to make a point about racial progress in an interview, the White House has said.

Mr Obama told comedian Marc Maron in a podcast that the US still had some way to go on how it dealt with racism.

"Racism, we are not cured of it," he said. "And it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public."

He added: "It's not just a matter of overt discrimination.

"Societies don't, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior."

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said it is not surprising that the President uttering a word used as a racial slur would stir controversy.

But Mr Earnest said Mr Obama did not plan in advance to use the word to be provocative.

He said Mr Obama was speaking in a free-flowing, casual interview for a podcast and trying to make the point that ending racism is about more than manners.

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