BRAD PAISLEY'S new album "Wheelhouse" is out today, and the song  "Accidental Racist" is getting a lot of publicity.  The song takes a look at the Black and White sides of race relations in America.  It opens with a white guy being harassed for wearing a LYNYRD SKYNYRD T-shirt that features a Confederate flag. Later on LL Cool J raps about how people shouldn't judge him, just because he's wearing saggy pants.

You can check out the Lyrics here:

To the man that waited on me at the Starbucks down on Main, I hope you understand

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

And I just walked him right in the room

Just a proud rebel son with an ‘ol can of worms

Lookin’ like I got a lot to learn but from my point of view

 

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

 

They called it Reconstruction, fixed the buildings, dried some tears

We’re still siftin’ through the rubble after a hundred-fifty years

I try to put myself in your shoes and that’s a good place to begin

But it ain’t like I can walk a mile in someone else’s skin

 

‘Cause I’m a white man livin’ in the southland

Just like you I’m more than what you see

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

And we’re still paying for mistakes

That a bunch of folks made long before we came

And caught between southern pride and southern blame

 

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

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

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

I guess we’re both guilty of judgin’ the cover not the book

I’d love to buy you a beer, conversate and clear the air

But I see that red flag and I think you wish I wasn’t here

 

I’m just a white man

(If you don’t judge my do-rag)

Comin’ to you from the southland

(I won’t judge your red flag)

Tryin’ to understand what it’s like not to be

 

I’m proud of where I’m from

(If you don’t judge my gold chains)

But not everything we’ve done

(I’ll forget the iron chains)

it ain’t like you and me can re-write history

(Can’t re-write history baby)

 

Oh, Dixieland

(The relationship between the Mason-Dixon needs some fixin’)

I hope you understand what this is all about

(Quite frankly I’m a black Yankee but I’ve been thinkin’ about this lately)

I’m a son of the new south

(The past is the past, you feel me)

And I just want to make things right

(Let bygones be bygones)

Where all that’s left is southern pride

(RIP Robert E. Lee but I’ve gotta thank Abraham Lincoln for freeing me, know what I mean)

It’s real, it’s real

It’s truth"

 

"Accidental Racist" was written by  Brad Paisley,  LL Cool J and Lee Thomas Miller.

Brad told Entertainment Weekly, "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".

UPDATE:  The song appears to have been scrubbed from YouTube, but here's Paisley himself discussing his lyrics and the controversy surrounding the song on Ellen:

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