Former NAACP head: Clinton ‘wrong’ on racial skit
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Civil rights leader Ben Jealous on Thursday said Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTop Sanders adviser: Warren isn't competing for 'same pool of voters' Anti-Trump vets join Steyer group in pressing Democrats to impeach Trump Republicans plot comeback in New Jersey MORE should apologize for participating in a racially-tinged skit last weekend.

“Hillary Clinton is wrong to stay silent about her participation in a comedic skit based on an old racial stereotype,” the former NAACP president wrote on Afro.


“It has been almost a week, and Secretary Clinton has neither denounced the skit nor apologized for her participation in it. Moreover, even though the skit was vetted in advance, no one in her campaign has been publicly disciplined for approving it.”

Clinton raised eyebrows during a sketch in New York City last Saturday over Mayor Bill de Blasio’s belated endorsement of the Democratic presidential front-runner.

“I just have to say thanks for the endorsement, Bill,” she said during the New York City press corps’s annual Inner City dinner. "Took you long enough.”

“Sorry, Hillary — I was running on C.P. time,” de Blasio replied, drawing gasps from listeners who thought he was referring to the phrase “colored people time.” Clinton's response in the skit was that “C.P.” referred to “cautious politician."

Jealous on Thursday said “colored people time” remains an offensive and hurtful term among African-Americans.

“It refers to the stereotype that black people are lazy, slow and always late,” said Jealous, who has endorsed Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTop Sanders adviser: Warren isn't competing for 'same pool of voters' Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Top aide Jeff Weaver lays out Sanders's path to victory MORE (I-Vt.) in the Democratic presidential primary.

“When a black professional is late to a meeting, it is not uncommon to hear a white colleague cite that stereotype,” he added. "In doing so, we are reduced to a caricature.

“In such incidents, all of the valid reasons a black colleague might be late are dismissed without even a question. Moreover, the discrimination is compounded when the delay was caused by bias. In NYC, for example, black professionals are still routinely denied rides by taxis.”

Clinton on Tuesday refused comment on the skit, adding that de Blasio is responsible having approved it.

De Blasio on Monday said the skit was “clearly staged” satire.