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Apr092013

WTF: Brad Paisley and LL Cool J Go LL "Fool" J on "Accidental Racist"

First thought: No.

Second thought: Nice try for the new "Ebony and Ivory" and ending up somewhere around Weird Al.

Third thought: This is some deep Southern Apologist mess. "Let bygones be bygones?" We can't even get Texas to produce accurate textbooks about what actually happened during slavery and the Civil Rights Movement.

Fourth thought: LOL @ LL Cool J name dropping "Django." Although in this version it would be "Django, Those Chains Aren't So Bad And This Happened SO Long Ago So Let's Just Forget About It." Counter argument: Every member of my family over 55 who is from the South still remembers Jim Crow because they lived through it. How are you supposed to get over really horrible messed up stuff that happened to you? Not your ancestors, but you? Not some guy a hundred years ago, but you, thirty years ago? And it's not like it was all smooth sailing or anything once Jim Crow died. There was a "body count" to kill that thing, you know. Perhaps you recall the 1960s and all those church burnings and assassinations?

Fifth thought: This is the definition of "false equivalency." Dealing with people rightly being offended by the Confederate Flag you're wearing is not on par with systematic and institutionalize racial discrimination that still goes on in parts of America TO THIS DAY. Like, these poor kids trying to finally INTEGRATE THEIR PROM IN 2013.

Sixth thought: This is what happens when you're offline for most of the day fixing an elaborate Italian dinner. You miss all the good Twitter dirt.

H/T my friend Dr. Jason Johnson who texted me this shit about how LL Cool J probably is going to get dropped from some greatest rappers lists for this "Dear Mr. White Man" line.

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Reader Comments (3)

Not gonna listen to the song, but read the lyrics the other day. You expressed my sentiments.

P.S. That .gif is giving me LIFE.

April 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSpinster

It's not an incendiary song. But it is ignorant, uninformed and unfortunate. And how LL Cool J equates "love" with forgetting slavery -- or if you want to look at it another way, equates hate to not letting the knowledge of the horrors of slavery fade -- is beyond me. Somebody hand him a program for Negro History Week, please.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee

I have not posted in a long while *glad to be back btw*.... but this song — and LL Cool J's co-sign — is just sad, pathetic and really disrespectful to the origins of Black American History (i.e. Black people in America whose slave ancestry traces back to America’s plantations, Reconstruction, the Segregated South, Jim Crow, the Civil Right Movement, and so on.) I kept thinking why this bothered me so much then I read your counter argument, and it all made sense.

You see, Black people who immigrate to America (or are the children of immigrants) usually are much like White people in the sense that they were not victimized by the worst parts of American racism. So they, like White people, see racism in America as an annual thing (i.e. It happened X number of years ago). They can never say “Every member of my family over 55 who is from the South still remembers Jim Crow because they lived through it. …” or be able to say “Many members of my family over 55 had to migrate up North to escape the overt and harsh realities of American racism, only to be faced with the Northern states more covert, insidious racial practices.”

Thus, it makes sense that LL Cool J would do a song like this since he has stated in the press that he is Bajan or of Bajan descendant. If his parents or grandparents did not live through it, they would not have passed down the living history that keeps descendants of American slavery from lending a few verses to a song like this.

April 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdivalive
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