Jackie Mason in racism row after calling Obama a schvartze

March 16th, 2009 - 5:28 pm ICT by ANI  

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Washington, Mar 16 (ANI): Veteran comedian Jackie Mason has come under fire for calling U.S. President Barack Obama a schvartze, a controversial Yiddish phrase used to describe black people that is allegedly a racist slur.

The comment came during a performance at Feinstein in New York.

At least one member of the audience walked out after Mason called Obama a schwartza.

The 72-year-olds use of the word has sparked a row over whether it’’s an offensive term - but the comedian is refusing to back down.

“I”m an old Jew. I was raised in a Jewish family where ‘’schwartza” was used. It’’s not a demeaning word and I”m not going to defend myself, Contactmusic quoted Mason, as telling TMZ.com.

“Chris Rock has told a lot more jokes about whites than I have against blacks. What about the demeaning words blacks say about Jews?

“If it’’s a racist society, the white people are the ones being persecuted because they have to defend themselves,” he added. (ANI)

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