Former President Barack Obama expressed his belief that racism was a “defining feature” in the United States of America.
The president spoke about his memoirs with National Public Radio host Michel Martin and discussed the “fever of racism” that still existed during his presidency and continued to exist in the United States.
“That fever, as you said, that’s been a defining feature of a lot of our life,” Obama said, adding that he never believed that Americans were living in a “post-racial era.”
Obama argued that some Americans had a backlash to his presidency simply because he was the first black president.
“I think that what did happen during my presidency was yes, a backlash among some people who felt that somehow, I symbolized the possibility that they or their group were losing status not because of anything I did, but just by virtue of the fact that I didn’t