LL: 'Accidental Racist' Isn't a Perfect Song
By JACKIE WILLIS
April 12, 2013
Brad Paisley and LL Cool J have come under fire this week after releasing their highly controversial song Accidental Racist. The men have defended the lyrics, and on Thursday's Tonight Show, LL addressed the song again, even bringing up the tragic death of Florida boy Trayvon Martin.
"The song wasn't perfect. ...I can't defend the song, but I can clarify its intentions," the NCIS: Los Angeles star, 45, explained to host Jay Leno. "You can't fit 300 or 400 years of history in a three or four-minute song."
The rapper/actor added that the lyrics "If you don't judge my do-rag, I won't judge your red flag," didn't mean to justify slavery but instead bring awareness to how we're judging others. "However, when you think about a kid like Trayvon Martin and think about some of the things that happen in society based on clothing, when you put it in its proper context, it makes sense. ...I would never, ever, ever suggest that we should forget slavery and act like that didn't happen. ...But you know what, if the playing field is unlevel and you think it's unfair, then maybe putting down some of that baggage may help you make it up that hill a little easier."
Where do you stand on this song?