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Mason made other racial comments about Dinkins, magazine says

NEW YORK -- Comedian Jackie Mason, embroiled in controversy last week for racial cracks about Democratic mayoral candidate David Dinkins, made other off-color remarks about the black politician, Newsweek magazine reported.

In its Oct. 9 edition, the magazine quotes Mason as using a Yiddish word with racially pejorative connotations, saying the comedian called Dinkins a 'fancy shvartze with a mustache.'

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'Shvartze,' derived from the German word for black, is a Yiddish term sometimes used to refer to black people in a derogatory manner.

Newsweek reported that Mason made the comment about Dinkins during a luncheon with Republican mayoral candidate Rudolph Giuliani and four Newsweek writers on Aug. 31.

Mason, an active Giuliani supporter, hastily left the Republican's campaign last week after The Village Voice printed an interview in which Mason said Jewish support for Dinkins was based on guilt and that Jews were 'sick with complexes.'

Newsweek editor Maynard Parker said late Sunday night that if he had known about Mason's remarks when they were made, he would have published them 'four weeks ago.'

Giuliani has disavowed Mason's statements, saying they do not reflect his own viewpoint. Mason apologized Thursday for his comments in the Voice.

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Giuliani said Sunday that Mason's comments at the Newsweek meeting were insignificant to the campaign, The New York Times reported Monday.

'I think the whole thing has been blown out of proportion,' Giuliani said.

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