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Bob Dylan Charged with Hate Crime

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The French authorities have accused Dylan of “public insult and inciting hate”.

Yes, you read that correctly, Bob Dylan has been charged with a hate crime.

The last person you might expect to be charged with something like this is a man whose music conjures up an era when the civil rights movement was at its apex and his was the voice of the times.

At ultimatecassicrock.com, they report that a community group for Croatians living in France, The Council of Croats, filed suit against Dylan for comments he made in an interview in Rolling Stone in September of 2012.

“Speaking about the state of race relations in modern America, he broadened his scope to the rest of the world, saying, “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 council wants an apology.

Do you think Dylan owes them one?

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