If you haven't heard LL Cool J collaboration with Brad Paisley, “Accidental Racist,” it's absolutely must-hear, mainly because the song itself may be accidentally racist. The song comes from opposite places, but both places of love. Sadly, it's almost impossible to get past the ridiculous lyrics to appreciate it.
I would embed the video, but it has already been taken down due to a "copyright violation" though I'm not sure who is trying to claim that. Anyway, here's a select few lyrics:
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
– The first lyric is based on the premise that the Civil War was based entirely about slavery, which is very much disputed in the South, and that southerners inherently blame black people because the Yankee army destroyed Atlanta, which also doesn't seem true. LL then clears up that he wouldn't want to be a slave, in case you weren't sure.
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
– If what Django was dodging was invisible, that movie wouldn't have been good enough for that reference to make sense. But why start now?
The relationship between the Mason-Dixon needs some fixin'
– Does he realize the Mason-Dixon is a line and therefore there is nothing in between?
If you don't judge my gold chains/
I'll forget the iron chains
– Just like that?
RIP Robert E. Lee but I've gotta thank Abraham Lincoln for freeing me, know what I mean?
– It's official. LL needs some new friends. Someone should have said something before this went out.