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Bob Dylan Facing Lawsuit Over Racist Remarks

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Bob Dylan is facing a lawsuit over insensitive remarks he made over a year ago.

In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2012, the 72-year-old had some potentially unflattering words about the history of race relations around the globe.

“If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that,” he told Rolling Stone. “That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood.”

Upset by these comments, The Representative Council of the Croatian community and institutions of France filed a lawsuit against Dylan and the French version of the popular magazine.

“It is an incitement to hatred. You cannot compare Croatian criminals to all Croats. But we have nothing against Rolling Stone magazine or Bob Dylan as a singer,” said the organization’s secretary.

Dylan’s mention of the Serbs and Croats stems from infamous moments in the tense region’s history.

During World War II, a genocide under the Ustaša organization (or Croatian Revolutionary Movement) left 500,000 Serbians dead, and fifty years later, the Yugoslav War left over 140,000 dead in the region, with 20,000 killed during the Croatian War of Independence.

Although he may have angered many with these comments, Dylan has been a strong advocate for equality and social justice during his five-decade long career, most notably his civil rights and anti-war anthems, “Blowin’ in the Wind,””The Times They Are a-Changin’,” “Hurricane,” and “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll.”

- Jude Dsouza / 98.5 WNCX

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