Ted Nugent courts race-related controversy

Rocker Ted Nugent.

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Rocker Ted Nugent is used to courting controversy with comments about gun rights and race.

Rowdy rocker Ted Nugent has hit another sour note.

After proudly proclaiming he’s “so anti-racist,” the conservative musician went on a provocative rant Tuesday when he compared profiling blacks to profiling dogs.

Nugent, 64, was talking with podcast host Nick Cannon in light of his controversial remarks following the George Zimmerman verdict.

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Nugent referred to murdered black teen Trayvon Martin as a “dope-smoking, dope-peddling, gangsta wannabe, Skittles hoodie boy.”

Zimmerman was found not guilty this month of murdering the Florida teen in February 2012, although prosecutors tried to paint him as a “wannabe cop” who profiled the youth.

“I think when you use the word profile, if a Dalmatian has been biting the children in the neighborhood, I think we’re going to look for a black and white dog,” said Nugent, a board member of the National Rifle Association and outspoken gun rights activist.

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He then gave examples of how he played a concert in Milwaukee a couple of years ago when “black mobs were just attacking white folks coming out of the fair,” and how blacks are attacking other blacks in Chicago.

George Zimmerman was acquitted this month in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012.

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George Zimmerman was acquitted this month in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012.

“At some point you got to be afraid of black and white dogs if the Dalmatian’s doing the biting,” Nugent said.

Earlier in the conversation, Nugent told Cannon that he’s not racist.

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“You’d be so hard-pressed, Nick, to find someone who has fought racism more than I have,” he said.

The “Cat Scratch Fever” guitarist offered that at each concert he performs in, he always praises black musicians, including Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters and James Brown.

“I have always genuflected publicly in the most demonstrative way I possibly can that if it wasn’t for black Americans’ musical genius and all the ingredients — the defiance, the reverence, the uppityness, the spirit, the attitude, the uninhibitedness … without that black musical creativity — there would be no Mariah Carey, there would be no Ted Nugent, there would be no ‘America’s Got Talent,’’” he said.

Nugent on Wednesday continued to rail against those defending Martin. He spoke to a Boston radio station and lashed out at Stevie Wonder, who has said he is boycotting Florida and other states with “Stand Your Ground” laws.

“So 700 black people, mostly young children and young people were slaughtered in Chicago last year by black people,” Nugent said on “PM In The AM,” “and not a peep out of Stevie Wonder. Are you kidding me?”

“How brain-dead do you have to be?” he added.

eortiz@nydailynews.com


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