When famous people get old they feel they can say anything and get away it with…like most elderly people can. Not so. Especially when you’ve gotten in trouble for saying something similar in the past. I say that “schvartze” is a slur. Period. I agree with Sharpton though (yes, I’m surprised too). He’s old…pray for him and leave him be. At his age, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks or an old comedian to be PC.
During his act Thursday night at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency on the upper East Side, Mason, 72, caused some fans to boo and walk out when he called Obama a “schvartze,” which is Yiddish for black.
“I’m an old Jew. I was raised in a Jewish family where ‘schvartze‘ was used,” an unapologetic Mason told TMZ.com Sunday night.
“It’s not a demeaning word and I’m not going to defend myself.” Mason then went on a rant about racism, saying, “If it’s a racist society, the white people are the ones being persecuted because they have to defend themselves.”
“At this stage in Jackie’s life and career, he should get our prayers more than our responses,” Sharpton said.
source: NY Daily News