Bob Dylan might be a lot of things these days, or a lot less depending on how you look at it, but a racist?

The Business Insider are reporting (via Pitchfork) that Dylan has been sued by a Croatian community called the Council of Croats over his Rolling Stone interview from last year.

"This country is just too fucked up about color. It's a distraction," said Dylan. "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."

Due to free speech laws in Europe, the Council of Croats' suit has been accepted on formal grounds. "You cannot compare Croatian criminals to all Croats," states Vlatko Marić (secretary general of the Council of Croats). "But we have nothing against Rolling Stone magazine or Bob Dylan as a singer."

It will be interesting to see where this goes.

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