Brad Paisley has released a new song and it is a controversial one, to say the least.
Called "Accidental Racist," the song has Paisley wearing a shirt adorned with the Confederate flag and 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."
"Accidental Racist," which features a verse from LL Cool J, goes on to address Reconstruction and attempts to relate as Paisley croons, "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."
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."
The song has sparked a strong reaction from listeners, many of whom were shocked by the lyrics. Listen to the song above, and click through below to read some listeners' reactions to "Accidental Racist."