Former President Barack Obama has said that he once broke a classmate’s nose in a changing room fight after he was racially abused by his then-friend. The 59-year-old Mr Obama shared the story on his new podcast “Renegades” with Bruce Springsteen.
“Listen, when I was in school, I had a friend. We played basketball together. And one time we got into a fight and he called me a c–n. Now first of all, ain’t no c–ns in Hawaii, right? It’s one of those things that where he might not even have known what a c–n was. What he knew was, ‘I can hurt you by saying this,’” Mr Obama said in the podcast.
He added: “And I remember I popped him in the face and broke his nose and we were in the locker room.”
“Well done,” Mr Springsteen responded.
“‘Don’t you ever call me something like that,’” Mr Obama said he told his fellow student at the time, adding that the use of racial slurs was an “assertion of status over the other”.