There is controversy in the music industry regarding country music star Brad Paisley and LL Cool J. This controversy is surrounding the song, "Accidental Racist", what Paisley calls one of his proudest moments as a songwriter. The song is a single off of Paisley's new album, Wheelhouse, and doesn't seem to be hitting the mark with critics.
It seems that the lyrics in the song are what's causing the most problems. These lyrics are intended to promote racial harmony between black and white Americans.
The song begins with a guy apologizing for wearing a Confederate flag shirt, and then singing, "when I put on that T-shirt, the only thing I meant to say, is that I'm a Skynyrd fan."
LL Cool J, who is now 45 years old, and makes his living as an actor, contributes to the song with the following lyrics:
"Just because my pants are sagging doesn't mean I'm up to no good
you should try to get to know me, I really wish you would
when I see that white cowboy hat, I'm thinking it's not all good
I guess were both guilty of judging the cover and not the book."
There are a lot of individuals who are up in arms against LL Cool J reciting the following lyrics, "if you don't judge my do-rag, I won't judge your red flag." There are a lot of black Americans who do not agree with this standpoint. There are lots of people who say, "LL Cool J is 45 years old, he shouldn't be sagging or wearing do rags."
Paisley says that he wanted LL Cool J's perspective in regards to the song. He says that LL is such a tremendously respectful, wonderful guy, and that added to the song's diversity. Critics, however, are not happy about the almost apologetic tone of the song.
It is true that America has not completely overcome our racial stigmatism's, and in light of this particular song, and the critics reactions to it, do you think we've really come a long way in this country of the Grand Ole USA regarding the subject of racism?