Do you know what happens when Hip Hop artists & Country singers team up? Exhibit A: Nelly & Tim McGraw:
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But the extreme mediocrity of that mashup is only surpassed by the awfulness that is Brad Paisley’s & L L Cool J’s “Accidental Racist.” Even the title of the track is based off of really really bad presuppositions, but gives you a hint into the ideology that’s gonna be behind this “conversation” starter. You can listen to Purposeful Racial Ignorance for yourself via the Daily Beast: ‘Accidental Racist’: Brad Paisley and LL Cool J Duet on the Confederacy in New Track
AND NOW FOR THE TAKE DOWN, lyric by lyric:
“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”
Red flag on your chest: Facts are that this red flag, the Confederate Stars and Bars you speak of, ARE NOT THE REAL CONFEDERATE FLAG to begin with. In fact, as historians will inform you, the CSA flag was something that looked like this:
The difference is a matter of importance, Mr. Paisley and Mr. Cool J. The Rebel Flag you all are defending was the one used to terrorized newly freed African Americans, in the name of protecting Jim and Jane Crow society. So, right off the bat, Paisley is starting this conversation off with lies. So, really, it’s not a dialogue, its more of a monologue to continue spreading racial and historical ignorance.
“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”
Rewrite history? You mean like Southern whites have, that the Confederacy was about rebellion and states rights? Rather than keeping blacks enslaved? Have you ever read the Confederate States’ Constitution? Try it some time, especially since it’s available for free online; also, learn a thing or two about Jefferson Davis before you go singing his praises, okay?
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“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)”
Again with the red flag. Please see point A. Move on. And continue. The do-rag has no moral equivalency to a battle flag for the Confederacy, at all. One is a fashion statement, used to straighten black men’s and women’s hair, the other is a symbol of violence, racism, and terrorism.
“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)”
How is not judging someone for having gold chains even remotely relevant to talking about (and learning from) chattel slavery? What if the gold chains are a symbol of a different kind of slavery, like hip hops commitment to free market economics, economic inequality, and mis-education?
I think between this ridiculousness from L L Cool J & Rick Ross’s tribute to Rape Culture, I remain skeptical of hip hop’s “liberating” potential. Seems like a colonizing force to me.
Today at CPAC, there were a group of Black conservatives given space to express themselves and talk about the history of black conservativism and how it could be useful to the Grand Ole Party (not to be confused with conservativism). K. Carl Smith wants the Republicans to attract more “Frederick Douglass Repubublicans” (you know, that dude who didn’t show up on that LINCOLN movie, and was an abolitionist and suffragist?), yeah that guy. Then, a paleoconfederate troll showed up out of nowhere to harass the speaker and the audience.
AMAZING HOW OPPRESSORS ARE ABLE TO STEAL THE RHETORIC OF THE OPPRESSED!
He informed the media and the crowd, that he and his people, Southern white males, were being “systematically disenfranchised.” Whoa! Doesn’t that just sound so familiar? Minorities can make this claim, and now so can the majority too! Furthermore, this dude went on to argue that we should be more like Booker T. Washington (more like, his white supremacist interpretation of Booker T Washington—without taking the lynching of black women and men into account for example). Blacks also need to vote, in Africa. Mister Terry, folks, is no plant by liberals, he is the face of the Southern Strategy.
What no one has pointed out from the video is that the group of young conservative whites around him were appalled, and it is these people that need to be speaking out. He does not represent Southerners, or conservatives everywhere. Mr. Terry is more of a symptom of the deeper problem in modern conservativism, and black conservativism at that: even in attempts to make a safe place for minorities to speak, hostilities and microaggressions still arise because conservatives (or liberals for that matter) aren’t willing to be honest about U.S. American history, empire, and the race problem