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    Controversy over"Accidental Racist" song by Brad Paisley and LL Cool

    ” No doubt Paisley was hoping to provoke; judging from the reaction he got yesterday, when the song appeared online, he may have succeeded too well. A post on Jezebel calling it “The Worst Song Ever™” was fairly representative of many early reactions, especially from publications not in the habit of writing about new Brad Paisley singles. In a thoughtful interview with the Tennessean, Paisley explained that the song, which he co-wrote, was his response to people who said they were offended by a T-shirt he wore celebrating Alabama, the venerable country group, with whom he has collaborated. The shirt has a design that includes a Confederate flag, and the criticism got Paisley thinking about what it means to be white and Southern.
    Accidental Racist” begins as the narrator’s explanation—it’s not quite an apology—to a Starbucks barista, implicitly African-American, who was offended by the Confederate flag on his T-shirt. Intriguingly, Paisley never resolves the tension in the song’s title—that is, he never suggests that “accidental” racism is a contradiction in terms. Instead, his narrator is a “proud” Southern white man trying to incorporate some humility into his identity:
    They called it Reconstruction, fixed the buildings, dried some tears
    We’re still siftin’ through the rubble after a hundred-fifty years
    I try to put myself in your shoes and that’s a good place to begin
    But it ain’t like I can walk a mile in someone else’s skin
    It seems clear that “Accidental Racist” would never have amused and horrified the Internet if Paisley hadn’t decided to ask the rapper LL Cool J to contribute a verse. Unlike Paisley, LL Cool J has never been much of a provocateur, and perhaps he wasn’t the right rapper to address a subject as ticklish as this. It’s LL Cool J, not Paisley, who delivers the song’s most puzzling lines, adopting an oddly supplicatory posture: “You should try to get to know me, I really wish you would,” he raps, adding, “I want you to get paid, but be a slave, I never could.” (The syntax is as mangled as the logic.) As Paisley sings the final words, LL Cool J says, “Let bygones be bygones”—a sentiment that contradicts much of what’s come before.


    Read more: Brad Paisley's Awkward and Earnest Song Accidental Racist : The New Yorker

    https://bradpaisley.com/music/songs/accidental-racist


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    I can see where it would cause some controversy with some people but I don't think anyone not from down here would really understand. Southern pride is real and it has nothing to do with being racist. The rebel flag only represents the South to me and most of the people I know. We love the South and it's culture now, not the culture 150 years ago. It is sad that racist groups have taken the flag for their symbol. Because of what it represents now due to the racist groups use, I respect that this flag upsets some people. That feeling of pride vs understanding/respect is being "caught between Southern pride and Southern Blame." LL Cool J's parts make sense to me. He just sounds like he is also wanting reconcilliation and better race relations.
    Speaking of the flag, it's odd that a person could fly the Bonnie Blue Flag all day long and no one would give it a second thought. Maybe that lends credence to the thought that the rebel flag has been turned into a racist symbol as much by modern racist people as by the Confederacy it once represented.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    Maybe 200 years down the road , people will stop caring what color skin a person is wrapped in. I have hope. I'm probably stupid.
    No...people will care just as much then as now. We can't have honest talks about it now without "guilt".

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    I was born and raised in the South. I am no fan of the rebel flag. I do enjoy the slower pace of the South and the culture but I don't need a flag to be proud of that. I find that people of all races are just a bit more open and friendlier in this area. It most likely has to do with up bringing and the area in general.
    Racism is very much alive and well in this area. I live here and I see it all the time. It is just not all out in the open. The N word is used regular when people believe they are in like company. Most are closet racist's. Many are disappointed when I offend them with my view. Some of my friends have used it, as well as strangers that simply believed that I believed they way they did because of the color of my skin. This is not a one sided fence. It works both ways. I was surprised at times when at least some racists had the balls to come right out and tell me they were and didn't hide it. Most look around quickly and then quietly let the word ride out. They like to change the subject when I call them out on it.
    I have been looked down upon because of my views but I believe racism is one of the worst things that plaque our nation today. I'm not saying there aren't people that are just useless and disgusting in general but to say and believe disparaging things about a person simply because of the color of one's skin is foolish and cowardly. Needless to say I am not bashful in expressing my views about this.
    I've listened to the song a few times. I am a country and rock and roll type person. The "rap" song(s) that I listen to are far a few between. I am not a "rap" fan. I have nothing against the song although I find it par for the course that the "white" guy sings country and the "black" guy raps. Stereotypes abound. It is a vain attempt to touch the conscience of two different races with music. Racism goes much deeper than two races. The song will be unsuccessful just as everything else has been in the past. Until the parents begin teaching their children against racism nothing will change. Children will play with children of any skin color. It is only until the influence of adults get involved that the problems begin.

    By the way these two gentlemen have my vote as great singers. I know nothing of their personal viewpoints on this subject but I love their music.

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    I keep wondering who the hell cares about race, then I turn on the news.

    Since the Fourth Estate is mostly made of rotted wood, let it burn and the leave the race for hire contractors without anyone to talk to. Or rather, new contacts who don't have to play to their bullshit. Racism in 90% of this land would have been done and forgotten 20 years ago if it wasn't a profit industry. There are some places where it's unique and will last even after the bigger tragedy - without racism redheads will die out in 100 years.

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    Like Lewis, I've run into several white people who think that just because I'm white that I don't have a problem with the N word or desparaging remarks about blacks. There was one instance where a white guy on a domestic kept calling my rookie a nigger. Of course, my rookie was smart enough not to retaliate, which is probably what he was aiming for. I told him once and he didn't listen, I told him again and again he didn't listen. Finally on the third time he got whacked upside the back of the head and he seemed to finally get the hint. He later apologized to my rookie.

    Just listened to Paisley's song, can't say I have a problem with it. He seemed to be saying a lot of what people think, but are afraid to say.
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    Racism will last as long as ignorance does. When your views are small and narrow, your world will be small and narrow. There have been more than a few people that I have seen change their views once they had a little exposure to what was outside their viewpoint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lewisipso View Post
    The N word is used regular when people believe they are in like company. Most are closet racist's.
    Over the years I've found that people often say horrible things when they think they're in like company.
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