Democratic presidential primary front-runner Hillary Clinton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are facing social-media fire for a racially tinged skit they delivered at a recent press dinner that referred to the lateness of his endorsement for her campaign as due to C.P. time – Colored People time.
De Blasio was on stage at the annual Inner Circle Dinner in New York, when Clinton appeared by his side and began to ding him for hesitating so long to announce his endorsement for her presidential run.
“I just have to say thanks for the endorsement, Bill,” Clinton said, the Hill reported. “Took you long enough.”
And de Blasio’s response?
“Sorry Hillary,” he said. “I was running on C.P. time.”
As Raw Story noted: C.P. time stands for “Colored People time” and it’s ‘the stereotype that African Americans generally tell as a reason for being late to an event or a traditionally black event not beginning on time.”
The Hill reported “Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr., who’s black, was on stage with de Blasio and Clinton and quipped, “I don’t like jokes like that.”
Clinton then tried to smooth the situation, by saying C.P. to de Blasio was “cautious politician time.”
But social media wasn’t amused.
One tweeted, the Hill found: “Sorry, there is no rational explanation for this blunder. #NotFunny.”
Another: “BREAKING POINT: I AM NO LONGER A DEM HILLARY & de Blasio … joke about Colored People.”
And one more: “Hillary Clinton and Bill de Blasio made a racist joke together. How much information do you need to prove she ain’t here for us?”
The stage skit came shortly after former president Bill Clinton publicly clashed with Black Lives Matter movement supporters.