April 14, 2013
Is Brad Paisley and LL Cool J’s ‘Accidental Racist’, Racist?
Country artist Brad Paisley has released a ballad/apology song called “Accidental Racist,” featuring actor LL Cool J.
In it he claims that Southern whites really do mean well and are simply “caught between Southern pride and Southern blame.”
But MSNBC talk show host Toure writes in Time that the idea that racism is an “accident” is ‘insulting.’
“…the phrase conjured up an apology rooted on a disavowal of fault thatÂ made me cringe,” he writes.
goes on to admonish LL Cool J – who at one point shouts out “RIP Robert E. Lee” – for his participation in the duet and for his “egregious” lyrics, homing in on the lines: “If you don’t judge my doo rag I won’t judge your redÂ flag and If youÂ don’t judge my gold chains, I’ll forget the iron chain.â€
“Let bygones be bygones?” Toure writes. “Slavery is aÂ formative event that led us to the current racial disparities in incomeÂ inequality and incarceration trends. It’s not excuse-making to recognizeÂ the pervasive, continuing impact of slavery. It’s not necessary to speakÂ of slavery every day. But it’s critical to never forget.”
Read more at Time