Hillary Criticised for Racist Joke
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.”