Accidental Racist: Twitter And YouTube React To Brad Paisley, LL Cool J Song

    April 9, 2013
    Chris Crum
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Brad Paisley, as you probably know by now, has a new song called “Accidental Racist,” which features LL Cool J. It’s getting a lot of media attention, and generating a lot of discussion in social media.

Good luck trying to find it on YouTube. You can find it on Spotify, if you’re so inclined. Here’s what some are saying about it on Twitter:

Some of the reactions on YouTube have been interesting:

Here are the lyrics (via AZLyrics):

To the man that waited on me at the Starbucks down on Main, I hope you understand
When I put on that t-shirt, the only thing I meant to say is I’m a Skynyrd fan
The red flag on my chest somehow is like the elephant in the corner of the south
And I just walked him right in the room
Just a proud rebel son with an ‘ol can of worms
Lookin’ like I got a lot to learn but from my point of view

I’m just a white man comin’ to you from the southland
Tryin’ to understand what it’s like not to be
I’m proud of where I’m from but not everything we’ve done
And it ain’t like you and me can re-write history
Our generation didn’t start this nation
We’re still pickin’ up the pieces, walkin’ on eggshells, fightin’ over yesterday
And caught between southern pride and southern blame

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

‘Cause I’m a white man livin’ in the southland
Just like you I’m more than what you see
I’m proud of where I’m from but not everything we’ve done
And it ain’t like you and me can re-write history
Our generation didn’t start this nation
And we’re still paying for mistakes
That a bunch of folks made long before we came
And caught between southern pride and southern blame

Dear Mr. White Man, I wish you understood
What the world is really like when you’re livin’ in the hood
Just because my pants are saggin’ doesn’t mean I’m up to no good
You should try to get to know me, I really wish you would
Now my chains are gold but I’m still misunderstood
I wasn’t there when Sherman’s March turned the south into firewood
I want you to get paid but be a slave I never could
Feel like a new fangled Django, dodgin’ invisible white hoods
So when I see that white cowboy hat, I’m thinkin’ it’s not all good
I guess we’re both guilty of judgin’ the cover not the book
I’d love to buy you a beer, conversate and clear the air
But I see that red flag and I think you wish I wasn’t here

I’m just a white man
(If you don’t judge my do-rag)
Comin’ to you from the southland
(I won’t judge your red flag)
Tryin’ to understand what it’s like not to be

I’m proud of where I’m from
(If you don’t judge my gold chains)
But not everything we’ve done
(I’ll forget the iron chains)
it ain’t like you and me can re-write history
(Can’t re-write history baby)

Oh, Dixieland
(The relationship between the Mason-Dixon needs some fixin’)
I hope you understand what this is all about
(Quite frankly I’m a black Yankee but I’ve been thinkin’ about this lately)
I’m a son of the new south
(The past is the past, you feel me)
And I just want to make things right
(Let bygones be bygones)
Where all that’s left is southern pride
(RIP Robert E. Lee but I’ve gotta thank Abraham Lincoln for freeing me, know what I mean)
It’s real, it’s real
It’s truth

  • Civilized

    Booooooooooo…..what were they thinking. I understand what they are both saying in the song, but who says just bc a white man has a rebel flag that I would think he’s racist or doesn’t want me around. Im lookin at a whole lot about him, did he make eye contact, did he speak, because if he’s from the south then that’s the proper thing to do. I can give two spits about what he wants to wear it’s how he behaves. Then a black guy that’s sagging his pant, no they are not looking at you because your black, they are looking at you because at any moment your wee wee is going to fall out of your boxers and someone will get a good laugh, that’s about it. People be who you are and stop caring soooo much about everybody else. on another note we dont wear gold chains anymore….. that was the 90’s were LL should go and Brad should skat on back to the 60’s..

  • scott

    If we are always looking back in regret, we will never push forward together in understanding.

  • Imani

    This song is a horrible attempt to send a message. Thos didn’t open the race relations discussion it just made it that much more awkward

    • http://Withsubsplease.wordpress.com Unnichan

      Can’t do anything but agree. This is a complete mess and extremely disappointing from LL.

  • http://gmail.com tom73

    seems to be alot of anger over a flag;in the 70’s the blacks had a black,red,&green flag to support their hertiage;what is wrong with the south celebrating their heritage with the rebel flag??my generation did not bring over the slaves nor support the institution!