Hil­lary Crit­i­cised for Racist Joke

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Hil­lary Clin­ton and New York City mayor Bill de Bla­sio are un­der fire af­ter mak­ing a joke at a fundrais­ing din­ner that played off a neg­a­tive stereo­type of black Amer­i­cans. App e a r i n g a t t h e a n nu a l In­ner Cir­cle char­ity din­ner, the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial fron­trun­ner ap­peared in a sketch with de Bla­sio, along with Hamil­ton ac­tor Les­lie Odom Jr., where she thanked him for his ad­mit­tedly late en­dorse­ment.

“Thanks for the en­dorse­ment, Bi l l.” Cli nton said to cheers. The Jokes on Her

“Took you long enough.”

“Sorry, Hil­lary. I was run­ning on CP time,” de Bla­sio re­sponded to groans from the au­di­ence. One mem­ber can be heard in the video yelling, “No.” “CP time” is short­hand for the phrase, “coloured peo­ple’s time,” which refers to the neg­a­tive stereo­type that black Amer­i­cans are of­ten run­ning late. Odom, who is black, re­sponded in char­ac­ter: “I don’t like jokes like that, Bill. That’s not ap­pro­pri­ate.”

Clin­ton clar­i­fied that “CP” ac­tu­ally stood for “cau­tious politi­cian,” not the more com­monly used racial stereo­type. The joke has been called “awk­ward,” “ill-ad­vised,” and “a patently un­funny at­tempt at mim­ick­ing hu­mour.”

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