Saturday, March 21, 2009
Jackie Mason Calls Obama a "Schwarze"
Jackie Mason likes the word "schwartze". He used it concerning Mayor David Dinkins of New York City in the 1990's, and now he's using it again regarding President Obama. Jackie does not mean to be offensive. In Yiddish, "schwarze' simply means "black" -- or it could refer to "a black person". In Yiddish, the word is not a racial slur. Jackie is trying tto be cute and endearing when he says "schwartze", not demeaning. When President Obama said that his lack of bowling skills belonged in the Special Olympics, he was not trying to offend anyone competing in the Special Olympics, and likewise Jackie Mason is not using the word "schwarze" as a putdown of Obama, Dinkins or any other black person. Jackie is a comedian, not a racist. As Senator Claghorn (Kenny Delmar) used to say to Fred Allen during the Golden Age of Comedy: "That's a Joke, Son, It's a Joke. I keep throwin' 'em -- and you keep droppin' 'em."