Bob Dylan sued for racism by Croatian group

JAN. 12, 2012 FILE PHOTO

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Bob Dylan is getting sued in France by Croatians over a quote he gave to a magazine.

He may have been a prominent Civil Rights movement supporter, but Bob Dylan is being sued for racism.

A Croatian community group based in France is suing the veteran singer for comments he made in an interview earlier this year in the French version of Rolling Stone magazine.

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Asked about America’s slavery past, Dylan said: “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,” reports Shalom Life.

“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.”

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It was the last part of that quote which seems to have got Dylan in trouble and upset the Croats. Serbian and Croatians have long been in conflict.

The two countries fought a four-year long war between 1991 and 1995 when Croatia broke away from Yugoslavia.

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During World War Two, Croats and Serbs fought against each other, with the Croats largely backing the Nazis.

European free speech laws can be much stricter than in the U.S. and Dylan can be sued in France despite not being a citizen of the country, said Shalom Life.

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He faces a fine if the case is proven against him.


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