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Published: 2013/12/01

Bob Dylan Sued By Croatian Community for Alleged Racism

Business Insider is reporting a Croatian community association in France is suing Bob Dylan and Rolling Stone France for racism. The group is alleging Dylan made racist comments to the magazine in a cover interview from this September. When asked about parallels between Civil War-era America and today, Dylan responded:

Mmm, I don’t know how to put it. It’s like . . . the United States burned and destroyed itself for the sake of slavery. The USA wouldn’t give it up. It had to be grinded out. The whole system had to be ripped out with force. A lot of killing. What, like, 500,000 people? A lot of destruction to end slavery. And that’s what it really was all about.

This country is just too f***** up about color. It’s a distraction. People at each other’s throats just because they are of a different color. It’s the height of insanity, and it will hold any nation back – or any neighborhood back. Or any anything back. Blacks know that some whites didn’t want to give up slavery – that if they had their way, they would still be under the yoke, and they can’t pretend they don’t know that. If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood.

The last sentence, referring to the feud between Roman Catholic Croats and Christian Orthodox Serbs, is where the alleged racism takes place. Europe’s free speech laws are much stricter than in the U.S. and the suit has been accepted on formal grounds. Cases such as these take up to 18 months to decide. If found guilty, Dylan and the magazine would face a fine and formal sanction if found guilty.

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