The last White House Correspondents Dinner under the presidency of Barack Obama was one that was filled with memorable moments.

Besides the President’s annual jokes and witty puns, he also left the on a bang: he infamously dropped the mic after concluding his speech.

Though his speech wasn’t the only highlight of the night: comedian Larry Wilmore’s comments sparked a debate on Twitter about the appropriateness of using the N- word.

That’s right, during his remarks, Wilmore offered his sentiments on racial progress in the country (and Barack Obama’s influence on the matter), by saying:

“Yo Barry, you did it, my n*gga. You did it.”

While the President laughed, many on social media were not laughing. The Twitterverse was divided on how appropriate that remark was.


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On Monday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest  reported that Obama wasn’t offended by the statement, and said he thought the word was being used by design.

Still, Wilmore’s usage of the word has sparked conversation about whether the word is appropriate no matter the context, and no matter who the exchange is between.

What are your thoughts on the matter?

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About The Author Samantha Callender

Samantha Callender is a multimedia journalist whose work ranges from entertainment journalism to pieces highlighting social issues in multicultural communities. Samantha strives to find intersects between entertainment and social matters, believing that pop culture has the power to not only entertain the masses, but to educate them as well. Her goal when storytelling is to write pieces that serve as a catalyst to prompt dialogue and activism. Her work can be seen on VIBE, The Source, Jet Magazine, The Root, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

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