Accidental Racist, Privileged Victimization and Selling Out

Okay. So now in this latest endless epic of hollow white victimization in America, we have a country-rap duet by Brad Paisley and LL Cool J entitled “Accidental Racist”. It’s a very recent ditty, but has already gotten some reviews online. Unless you’ve been away from the internet for the last day or so, you already know that a lot of people who wish death upon this number.

The theme of this piece of song starts off with Paisley engaging in typical white fear. He hopes – that’s right, hopes the black male waiter getting his coffee at Starbucks would not be offended by his Confederate flag tee. To Paisley, he’s just a “proud rebel son who’s also a Skynyrd fan.

As the song unfortunately progresses, Paisley engages into ‘white wine’ mode with the following lyrics:

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

Oh, poor Brad. It’s hard enough to be a white man in a white male dominated society, but to be a white man from the South who is proud of his Southern past must be a hellish experience. Who cares if the flag was the symbol of a past drenched in hatred and blood due to white supremacist ideals? So what if it was a symbol of a region of a nation devoted to slavery? Let’s separate all the bad parts – the dark, unforgiving truth within this nation’s past, as we’ve been doing to avoid any hint of guilt – and just think of the Confederate flag as a symbol of rebellion instilling the hope that the South shall rise again. *Throws up!*

But if you thought this is sickening, remember, I did mention LL Cool J earlier. He drops a few bars in this song like, “If you don’t judge my do-rag, I won’t judge your red flag. If you don’t judge my gold chains, I’ll forget the iron chains … Let bygones be bygones.”

In those few words alone, LL equates do-rags and gold chains – apparel synonymous with street wear/thug culture to most white Americans to Confederated flags and chains. In other words it all boils down to appearances and one is just as stereotypical and harmful as the other.

Already, I link this with the old “Blacks are just as racist” zero-sum arguments whenever anyone criticizes whites on their racism. I think back to how I was told that the Black Panthers and the NAACP are the black community’s, equally destructive counterparts to the Ku-Klux Klan. And I recollect how Black History Month is racist and that there should be a White History Month.

I barely have enough patience to explain how a young black male like myself, dressed in clothing that would deem me as a ‘threat’ to society, would be like seeing a white man wearing Confederate flag paraphernalia as a member of a hate group or is seen as equally threatening. I will tell you from experience that white dudes wearing the Confederate design is no threat whatsoever. None. On the other hand, seeing black men in sagging pants, oversized shirts or hoodies, dreadlocks, tattoos a backwards cap and wearing some kind of bling is like seeing a dangerous gang of thugs looking to start some shit.

Black men with this appearance are frightening to the public. It is the image of the criminal black man popular in the media, especially the news. It is the image that has leaded countless black males in prison. It is the image that has led to the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Kimani Gray, Sean Bell and many more unarmed black males at the hands of the police. And yet, it’s hard on Brad Paisley to wear his Confederate shirt with pride without being seen as a racist.

As for LL, who has willing set black people back 200 years, he will be the black guy many whites will reference and will expect all of us lost black sheep to follow. His partnership in this song has rendered him into ‘good negro’ status with white folks just like many mainstream rappers of today.

Excuse me while I drink bang my head against the desk.


24 thoughts on “Accidental Racist, Privileged Victimization and Selling Out

  1. I don’t see how anybody can look at the NAACP & the Black Panthers and view them as the Black equivalent to the KKK. The NAACP (which is actually run by Whites) stood for helping Blacks gain & keep their civil rights while the Black Panthers were about protecting & uplifting the Black community. They were only violent when pushed. One has been destroyed, the other taken over with “Black leaders” as the national spokespersons for Black America.

    Also, White people would try to disassociate themselves with someone wearing a Confederate flag shirt as a way of saying, “OMG! He’s a racist for sure! I’m not like him!” but they have no problem looking at every Black male as a thug, no matter how harmless, based on his outward appearance. And even if a Black male does NOT look like a thug, there is still that fear of the “Angry Black Man”. Whether a Black male is 3 and in a stroller, 17 and in high school, 35 and on the job, 70 and retired, one thing is for certain – they are ALL viewed as threats to the American social order and NO distinctions are made.

  2. So this is just “white tears: the song”, I take it.

    I’m not sure where racists get the idea society punishes them for being racist. There aren’t any real societal consequences for racist thinking and behavior, but their victim complex says otherwise.

  3. @BW
    Great post brother. I grew up with 80’s hip hop. I call it the “golden era”. My favorites were rappers like Run DMC,X Clan,KRS-ONE,Public Enemy,MC Lyte and LL Cool J. LL is a rap icon. I have to give the man credit for the doors he opened for rappers that came behind him. He’s put in over 20 years into hip hip. But as much as I respect his groundbreaking career, this is shameful. He should be ashamed of himself for being associated with this crap. This line is disgraceful:
    “If you don’t judge my do-rag, I won’t judge your red flag. If you don’t judge my gold chains, I’ll forget the iron chains … Let bygones be bygones.”
    Is he insane?? Bygones? He’s speaking as though poverty,racism,mass incarceration,housing discrimination,economic inequalities are a thing of the past. That’s way too simplistic. This song is designed so that whites can feel better about themselves. It has nothing to do with “healing” the wounds of racism. I’m not even really mad at Brad. He sees things the way most whites do anyway. There’s nothing shocking about anything he said in the song. It’s LL that should have had more sense. Someone should’ve pulled him aside and told him as a black man this duet is not a good look.
    I’ve seen bloggers(black and white) say this song is horrible. Well I guess LL and Brad did bring some type of racial harmony in a round about way. Regardless of your race,we can all agree this song sucks!

    1. I know right? Everyone’s been talking about how and why this song was just a hot mess. I think the only ones clueless about it are LL, Brad and the people who backed them.

      1. Yeah you’re right about that. I remember a few years ago Nelly did a song with country singer Tim McGraw. I hope this doesn’t start some type of trend. The last thing I want to see is a Faith Hill/Nicki Minaj

  4. First Mary J. Blige and that stupid chicken sandwich commercial. And. now LL with this shiggiddey. They are old school hiphop icons and doing this kind of foolishness. What’s up with that?

  5. White pride at best is ignorant and must stay that way to stay prideful of an evil past. and LL is basically saying white supremacy pays me and im sticking with them.

  6. …Covers face in embarrassment, not only for these whack-a-doo lyrics of LL and Paisely..but also in general shame for all the rest of humanity that was subjected to this “musical” nonsense! lols

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