“Accidental Racist” or Stubbornly Clinging to the Past?
Brad Pasty and LL Coon J, the accidental rapper teamed up for a terrible attempt at a 2013 revamp of Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney‘s “Ebony and Ivory.”
The song, “Accidental Racist,” is pretty bad in every way. Not just musically, but also as a failed effort at a positive message. The opening lines by Brad Paisley:
“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… caught between southern pride and southern blame.”
Let’s talk about a few problems with the song.
The Flag’s History
The aforementioned rebel flag was a BATTLE flag for the southern states rebelling against the union because they wanted to cling to slavery.
But don’t get it twisted, the north only had no problem moving away from slavery because of the Industrial Revolution, which meant physical slavery was no longer needed for them to thrive economically.
The Flag’s Denouncement by Skynyrd
The last surviving member of Lynyrd Skynyrd said “the flag had been hijacked by racists …. and he was concerned about the band being associated with the flag lest people get the wrong idea.” And he was immediately attacked by his supporters.
Lincoln’s Actual Stance on Slavery
Now on to the washed up anything-for-a-buck Coon J’s words:
“if you don’t judge my gold chains, I’ll forgive the iron chains”
“I gotta thank Abraham Lincoln for freeing me.”
Asking people not to stereotype black men in exchange for forgiving a racial system of brutality and oppression from which white Americans still enjoy a certain white privilege is NOT a fair exchange.
And Lincoln didn’t free the slaves out of the belief that it was the right thing to do. It was an economic tactic of war. Freeing slaves meant strangling the South’s economy, no money, no war funding, that simple.
Here is what Lincoln thought about blacks:
“I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races.
I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people.
And I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will ever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. …
And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.”
– Abraham Lincoln
And with this I ask, at what point will racist southerners stop feeling “southern pride” and start embracing the American pride they boast when convenient? Watch the video below.