Now that Brad Paisley has taken his turn trying to defend the batty lyrics to “Accidental Racist,” it’s time for LL Cool J to make his defense.
Last night on The Tonight Show, LL addressed the conversations over the song from Paisley’s new album Wheelhouse, which contains multiple lyrics that some judged insensitive to the actual struggles against racism. Paisley wanted credit for starting a conversation about difficult issues, while LL took a different approach.
“I feel good,” the rapper told Jay Leno when asked about the Internet fervor over the tune. “The song wasn’t perfect. You can’t fit 300 or 400 years of history into a three or four minute song.”
He continued, somewhat turning on the song. “Ultimately, I can’t defend the song, but I can clarify my intentions. I in no way would ever compare the history of the Confederate flag with a do-rag. However, when you think about a kid like Trayvon Martin and you think about some of the things that happen in society based on clothing, when you put it in this proper context, it makes sense.”
In the end, he stood by his intentions. “I would never, ever suggest to anyone that we should just forget slavery and act like that didn’t happen,” he told Leno. “I understand the systemic racism that exists, I get that, but you know what? If the playing field is unlevel and you feel it’s unfair, then maybe putting down some of that baggage will make getting up that hill a little easier.”
What do you think? Does LL’s defense of “Accidental Racist” make sense? Let us know in the comments.