Strong displays of national pride don't come naturally to many of us. So the latest release of US country singer Brad Paisley with the title Accidental Racist seems pretty strange to say the least.
In the country-rap duet with LL Cool J the singer laments the difficulties of being a white man from the South, claiming that he is "caught between Southern pride and Southern blame."
"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 rewrite history," Paisley sings.
"Our generation didn't start this nation / We're still pickin' up the pieces, walkin' on eggshells, fightin' over yesterday."
LL Cool J joins the song to rap, "Dear Mr. White Man, I wish you understood / What the world is really like when you're livin' in the hood / Just because my pants are saggin' doesn't mean I'm up to no good / You should try to get to know me, I really wish you would / Now my chains are gold but I'm still misunderstood."
While the song has sparked shocked reactions from many listeners, the singer stands by his lyrics.
"I think that [the song] comes from an honest place in both cases, and that's why it's on there and why I'm so proud of it. This isn't a stunt.
"This isn't something that I just came up with just to be sort of shocking or anything like that. I knew it would be, but I'm sort of doing it in spite of that, really," he told EW.
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