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Darius Rucker Bashed on Social Media For Singing That Racist Classic “White Christmas” at Christmas Tree Lighting

82nd Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Social media lit up Wednesday evening with complaints about former Hootie & the Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker performing “White Christmas” at the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at New York City’s Rockefeller Square. Some activists had threatened to attack the ceremony after a grand jury declined to indict a New York police officer in the death of unarmed Eric Garner during a confrontation over cigarette sales in July.

The ceremony went ahead under police protection, and Rucker performed “White Christmas,” a classic written by a Jewish immigrant, Irving Berlin. The song refers to snow, not to race, in recalling a traditional Christmas scene.

Critics, however, believed that the mere reference to the color “white” by a black singer in the throes of a racially-charged controversy was offensive and suggested a contempt for the feelings of other black people.

Rucker seemed unperturbed by the controversy, retweeting a photograph backstage with the Rockettes:

Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

37 comments

  • steve chastain 3 weeks ago

    You guys are stupid if you think that song is racist, maybe if you think it is racist you need to look deep down inside yourself and see that you are truly racist.

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  • Kim 3 weeks ago

    ENOUGH OF THE RACE SHIT. White Christmas refers to white snow, not a flipping skin color. You are racist for calling it racist.

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  • Matt 3 weeks ago

    Oh, my goodness. These people need to get a life and a job. We have enough to worry about without this crap. You go Darius. I love black people as long as they don’t pull all this racist stuff. You know, people will respect you more if you wouldn’t complain and shout racist. We are living in the 21st century, not in 50’s and 60’s. I don’t see color, just the person.

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    • Chocolatesmusic 3 weeks ago

      Matt you said u love Black people as long as they stay quiet and what pretend murdering our sons isnt still happening….i love whites when they can face the real injustice that is going on…check out White Like Me…he speaks to whites about not even knowing how to verbaluze what it means to be white… how whites had never knew what it felt like to b harrassed and patted down til he hung out wuth his Black friends…open yiyr mind…but i do agree totally about Darius singing. White Xmas….i live him n its jus a song about snow by a Jewish dude! Lol lol!

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      • Lori 3 weeks ago

        You need a dictionary. Oh and BTW racism is a two way street! !!!! I’ve been spit on and called names and beaten up by blacks … so stick it baby!

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      • Diablo 3 weeks ago

        The number one killer of young black men is…….wait for it……YOUNG BLACK MEN…..

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  • Steve 3 weeks ago

    ITS A SONG ABOUT SNOW YOU IGNORANT LIBERAL FUCKS!!!!!!

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Some people bitch about everything. Hell they would bitch if you hung them with a new rope. Get a job and get a life.

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  • wyliem 3 weeks ago

    this country really sucks.

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    • Nachman Bialystok 3 weeks ago

      actually, it isn’t the country that’s sucking.

      it is the insanity these liberal scum-sucking dogs in the street that are bringing about all the crazy, loonie crap!and the liberal shit-stains in congress whining about this that and the other thing.

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  • angel 3 weeks ago

    We need to thank Holder and Oba for this crap. And Sharpton and Jackson of coarse. Why can’t the blacks we all this is a ploy to keep us divided.

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  • Constitutionalist 3 weeks ago

    Damn whoever is complaining this song is racist needs to STFU. Take your political correct bs and shove it where the sun don’t shine. You people get me so pissed off I want to slap the crap out of all of you for being so utterly stupid. Funny thing is that this song has been around long before most of the people complaining about it were born.

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  • Constitutionalist 3 weeks ago

    Damn I guess snow should be abolished because it is racist lmao. Try growing a brain you brain dead idiots.

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  • Dan Kridler 3 weeks ago

    You’ve got to be effing kidding Me? Do we have to paint the White House black now? GM, Ford and Chrysler can’t sell any white cars and heaven forbid White Castle burgers are racist. Be a Country, stand up for injustice for all Americans. I served my country proudly defending all Americans and at 57, I’m proud of that. I wish America would require all Americans to serve 2 years in the military to provide a more educated class of citizens. It works in Israel

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Wahhhhhh! Someone has you in your feelings… Who gives a fu€k! Get over it… Tired of the race card BS!

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  • Angelic 3 weeks ago

    You bastards complaining about the race card need to check the stats! Blacks are still being persecuted at alarming rates whether you assholes acknowledge it or not!

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  • 3 weeks ago

    He’s a coke head!!! So maybe he was thinking about doing cocaine

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  • Dave 3 weeks ago

    Yea,our country is a mess…Darius is a great singer and he is obviously smart enough to know it’s not a racist song….maybe if more got educated,had a career and stopped holding up corner stores they wouldn’t be getting shot by cops just doing their job

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  • 3 weeks ago

    bashed by who???

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Grow up

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  • Mary B 3 weeks ago

    Brain dead racist blacks who blame whites for everything. Get a clue, you are your own worst enemy. Slavery ended 150 years ago and only 2% of whites in the USA at the time owned slaves. And 50 years ago you gained civil rights. In that 50 years we have dumped billions of dollars into welfare, education, affirmative action programs and what have we got in return? A subset of blacks who think gangster culture is a life, who put down blacks trying to get an education, who think it is reasonable to loot, burn, and riot just because the courts did not agree with you. Get a clue, you kill each other at a rate far exceeding any deaths caused by whites, you do drugs and die young instead of getting an education and pulling yourself out of poverty.

    And don’t say it is impossible. My family was very poor, we hunted, fished, gardened, mom and dad both worked as us kids got old enough we started working for a paycheck. I was 12 when I started doing field work pulling weeds. By 16 I had invested $10k of my own money into one of the houses we would buy and totally restore. I cleared enough on one deal to pay for college! But I still worked as I went to school and had a nice nest egg when I got done. We went from constantly broke to comfortable by HARD WORK, you are never going to get ahead collecting welfare, doing drugs, and killing each other.

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  • Warren 3 weeks ago

    Uh, I guess Nat King Cole must be SMARTER than darius dud-wood.

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  • kevin 3 weeks ago

    I just took a black shit is that racist?

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  • 3 weeks ago

    We can change the words to make it politically correct. I’m dreaming of a traditionally collared snowy Christmas,

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Omg so much ignorance. What would they say if they knew the color white actually included all other colors in the spectrum (oh sorry am I using too big words?)

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  • Borderlegion 3 weeks ago

    sick and tired of race baiting, unintelligent low information crowd. Their sense of entitlement is only surpassed by their ignorance. Seriously white Christmas is about SNOW you freaking MORONS, oops sorry let me make it a little bit clearer, that sh/t ain’t about cracker, it’s about that sh/t that fall from de sky

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  • Matt 3 weeks ago

    Lets loot Times Square the next time it snows!!!!!!

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Would I’m dreaming of a black Christmas been more acceptable?

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  • 3 weeks ago

    This is just ANOTHER excuse for black people to get loud and crazy…. Whenever a black person gets shot or killed by a police officer, all of a sudden they are the honor roll student and wouldn’t hurt a fly…. Bullshit!! I’m sorry but did they not just rob a store and then reach for the cops gun to shoot the cop for doing his job and confronting the theif who just robbed a store? Just so happens the cop was white but even if the cop was black, the black cop would never shot him too if he tried reaching for his gun… The cop is going home at the end of the night to see his family… You want to be on the streets acting like a criminal? Sometimes it becomes the death of a rebelling theif with a record a mile long…. Raise your kids to be a responsible adult and not live the thug life nd maybe this wouldn’t happen…. Its funny because there are white and black cops that work together in every department, do you think they sit around pointing guns at each other because they are racist also? No! They work together as brothers to confront the criminals on the street that don’t want to take responsibility for their actions…. Its not a race thing people!!! Its justice to keep us in a safe environment!!! I loved Hooting singing the CLASSIC song “white Christmas”..…

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  • Barb 3 weeks ago

    He wasn’t very tall, so when the drive bys catch up on this buried story, will they refer to him as the “gentle Hobbit”, wonders ESH?

    Family and protestors in Salt Lake City, Utah are demanding justice for 20 year-old white boy named Dillon Taylor who was shot and killed by a Salt Lake City police officer because he was wearing headphones.

    Ironically, the story of Dillon Taylor is similar but different to the shooting and killing of 18 year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson (St Louis) police officer.

    Both young men where unarmed and both were killed.

    Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer and Dillon Taylor by a black police officer.

    Taylor was at the 7-11 store in Salt Lake with his brother Jerrail Taylor and his cousin Adam Thayne.

    Jerrail and Adam complied while Dillon Taylor allegedly reached for his cellphone to turn off his music, likely so he could hear what was happening.

    That’s when the police apparently fatally shot Dillon Taylor, which was caught on the police’s on-body camera.

    The family, friends and demonstrators have since protested and are demanding justice for Dillon Taylor, a first time soon-to-be father, who was shot by a Salt Lake City police officer outside of a 7-Eleven store.

    Where are the Kenyan kommie, Holder, Sharpton, Jackson and other race baiters and shakedown artists when we so desperately need them locally, and on the ground? Dang! No justice, no peace! Arms up, don’t shoot me!

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  • Lynn 3 weeks ago

    How IGNORANT can people be????????? I guess pretty ignorant if they think that singing a Christmas song that has been around FOREVER is NOW racist!!!!!!!!!!! This country is going to hell in a handbasket!!!!!!

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  • Elaine 2 weeks ago

    what is wrong with people? It’s a Christmas song!!

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  • 2 weeks ago

    Are you fucking kidding me

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  • hannah jane 2 weeks ago

    I understand where you all are coming from but please don’t lump all liberals into this category – I am fairly liberal but I think this story is absolute b.s. as well as many other “liberals” I know would. Just because someone is a “liberal” doesn’t mean they all think the same things.

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