Coates: Actually, ‘Accidental Racist’ is just plain racist

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Country star Brad Paisley has made waves with a recent song that talks directly about issues of race and understanding. But, Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic writes, the song probably says a little more than Paisley realizes.

The song, “Accidental Racist,” is a duet with rapper LL Cool J in which Paisley and LL try to reach an understanding about how a Southern man who likes wearing the Confederate Flag to honor Lynyrd Skynyrd and a black New Yorker can get along.

But even in the choice of LL Cool J, a rapper never known for making any statements about race, Paisley has indicated that all black men are generally the same and LL can speak for all of them.

See the story at The Atlantic.