• "Accidental Racist" Ain't An Accident

    I have been asked and asked again about my feelings on the Brad Paisley/LL Cool J collaboration, "Accidental Racist".  I decided to shoot a video...less my usual rant...expressing my key points on why this song is a complete disaster.

    1.) "Accidental Racist" is an oxymoron.

    2.) LL Cool J represents blacks with words that don't exist and a plead to let "bygones be bygones" is a plea to let and forget all the crimes against humanity done in the south.

    3.) The audience for the song isn't clear. Black folks are not likely to listen to a  country song for the intended message. White folks may feel the way Paisley does with his good intention but this is a clumsy way to go about it and there are a lot of people who do listen to country music who are not trying to hear this...even if they agree.

    4.) Racism isn't gettin' killed off anytime soon and certainly not by a song.

    5.) Paisley just let racist, sexist, homophobic and all the rest of the isms and phobia folks of the hook with his plea to see that I may appear to be a certain way but I'm don't mean it the way you take it so I'm alright.

    I think on the scene from Spike Lee's 1992 film "Malcolm X" where Malcolm is on a college campus and the blond, female student approaches him and asks what she can do to help and he replies "Nothing." There is ALWAYS something one can do to help end racism but grand gestures for notoriety sake isn't among them.






  • 1 comment:

    1. I'll have to revert back after I've actually heard it but I can only imagine just how bad it is and wonder what these two were thinking! You are absolutely right though - and I've thought this for a long time - racism is too lucrative to kill off. It's neck in neck with organized religion. And if this song is really so bad, these two just proved it because the only thing they could be thinking about was the payoff.

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