Barack Obama Says He Once Broke A Friend's Nose For Using Racial Slur

Barack Obama Says He Once Broke A Friend's Nose For Using Racial Slur

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Obama said hurling racial slurs comes down to "an assertion of status over the other." (FILE)

Former US President Barack Obama on Tuesday said that he once broke a schoolmate's nose after the then-friend used a racial slur during a locker room fight.

According to The Hill, the 44th US President shared the experience in an episode of his Spotify podcast with Bruce Springsteen, "Renegades," released Monday (local time).

"Listen, when I was in school, I had a friend. We played basketball together," Obama told the "Born in the USA" singer during a wide-ranging conversation on race.

"And one time we got into a fight and he called me a c---," The Hill quoted Obama as saying about 13 minutes into the episode before quipping of his Aloha State upbringing to chuckles from Springsteen, "Now first of all, ain't no c---s in Hawaii, right?"

"It's one of those things that -- where he might not even known what a c--- was -- what he knew was, 'I can hurt you by saying this,'" Obama added.

The country's first Black President added with a laugh, "And I remember I popped him in the face and broke his nose. And we were in the locker room."

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