Bob Dylan is in legal trouble in France because of a year-old interview he gave to Rolling Stone. "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," he said. "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."
In the 1990s, Croatians and Serbs were involved in bloody ethnic warfare... During WWII, the Independent State of Croatia was a Nazi puppet regime responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Jews, Serbs and other ethnic groups." – USA Today
Early one morning the sun was shining;
Bob Dylan was laying in bed,
Wondering if liberalism had changed for all
If the France he knew was dead.
The Council of Croats complained about him.
Speech laws in France are tough.
For a speaker to earn a hefty fine
A stray remark is now enough.
And he was speaking off the cuff in a magazine interview:
Analyzing racism, an arena where he paid some dues
While breaking through
Once upon a time he sang so fine
When Hurricane was framed for that crime
He opened on the mall when MLK called
Now incitement accusations fall
I'm not kidding you.
We used to laugh about
PC bullshit breaking out.
But now we don't joke so loud
Because we can't well be proud
About slowly surrendering a core ideal.
How does it feel?
Though crimes are prosecuted more
But it's never hit this close before:
I've never been so queasy or opposed.
We've been sliding down this slope too long
Criminalizing speech is wrong
And Dylan is clearly a racism foe.
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