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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.


There are 6 comments associated with this post

Alanis Morrisette December 1, 2013, 12:29:09

“It’s like raaaaiiinnn, on your wedding day…”

Roger December 1, 2013, 15:40:30

Hey Bob…you are not at home….where, for the time being, we are allowed free speech….just sayin’.

Shaphan December 1, 2013, 15:48:50

Ghe lawsuit is a joke. Dylan has a history of taking a stand for people that can’t stand on their own. Rolling Stones stand has been the same. This is a joke and should not have even taken place.

joe December 1, 2013, 17:16:12

can black people really tell if you have clan blood in you?
i dont even know if i have any ancestors that were in the klan, so should i go ask a black guy if i look “klanish” or ask my jew friends if i look “nazi”, i do have german in on my fathers side, along with native american.
but a law suit? they just want some of bobs money.
hes spoken enough wisdom through his lyrics, to belch a off the cuff dumb comment without warrenting feathers getting ruffled. damn, im seriously wondering if black people have some xtra sense about that shit now. and i live in nor cal(like real nor cal) and there aitn so many blacks.

jann wenner December 2, 2013, 08:54:47

I read the article and tried to give a fuck. But I don’t.

timmy December 3, 2013, 09:02:40

How is it racist to say “Serbs can sense Croatian blood?” He was actually sticking up for groups of people who have been brutalized and oppressed by racism.

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