Brad Paisley, LL Cool J Defend 'Accidental Racist': Full Interview

Country star and rapper discuss the meaning behind their recent duet that caused controversy.
23:00 | 04/10/13

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Transcript for Brad Paisley, LL Cool J Defend 'Accidental Racist': Full Interview
This song was born out of misunderstandings that I've had in the past as as a country music singer I think there there are stereotypes that go along with what this and it's not so that everybody understands depending -- where you live but. I want to kind of tackle this sensitively and have a conversation. In an authentic way. I -- your -- title you didn't thing. Where. Where two people come together and. I'm not really sure we were -- -- find any answers but it was the idea that we would ask the question. And see what it turn out to be and there are -- could be -- owner or something I never want somebody here any. You know my thought was. This is the song although it isn't. Perfect -- Hopefully -- people who come together. And have a conversation about race and race relations. -- you know you can't fit. 300 years of history into a 34 minute three for the -- of -- three to a 34 minutes alone now this is not possible what. The thing that I think is important is that. People have a conversation. Now so you know I don't think you can really this does try to defend the song per say. Com. Because it's such a sensitive issue that as an artist you you always risk the the -- You always take the risk of offending someone when you make music current artistic level when you create a -- the -- but I think. The important thing is that people are coming together and having that -- is dialogue. Like this southerner in this got this black -- from New York. A sitting here would from totally different backgrounds and totally different experience is having a conversation at least -- one of bigger left. Because you know when you think about the things that are going -- and our government you think about the things that are going. Indeed in DC you think about our common enemies that we have around the world on you know al-Qaeda is trying to kill our kids we got North Korea aiming missiles at us. I mean we need. The foundation of our country to be having a dialogue can be connected. You know what this album for me was one that I -- -- to tackle topics I wanted to be able. To break outside my comfort zone and -- basically. Explore things that. Were I just I wasn't sure that it -- if if they've had never been explore because it doesn't work or. Or just the fact that it's just one of those things is difficult to do. But in the end I felt like what we had on tape was something that people need to hear I think it's -- healing. Thing and -- us. Stated we we knew we would get some flak we never expected this but this is the Internet age I mean honestly what I'm so surprised -- Is. And so really so surprised by the love that I felt you know same time I think -- experiencing. A lot of love but I must say this -- a lot of people say. Exception to some of the lyrics that I -- missile and I can't defend the song but I think I can clarify my intent. Com. When I talked about what act -- -- compared to read too. The confederate flag I had no way -- that. A do rag got a little kid -- around his head. Has the meaning -- the symbolism that are corrupt confederate flag has when you think about the history of the flag. Going back to you know the eighteen hundreds when they would that was great that was even related and that when it was rapes and -- -- and in. Kids people we have several fire and lynchings and all of that I understand the gravity of that. But I also understand that. Our country boys and coaching girls up -- who. Where the confederate flag like it's a Memphis Grizzlies Jersey because they're too young to even be associated with debt -- -- Our history so -- -- -- it is okay I understand for African Americans that is a terrible terrible thing. What happened to African Americans but at the same time if that's what you were -- because you were raised -- culturally it means so -- you. -- and you don't mean to offend me he -- tell -- what the game. Let my -- be able to walk -- -- street. And not be judged because he has a do rag or in the police stop and frisk them and let him win his pants -- -- he wants to without people listen when he is again and -- It let it be able to walk into an elevator without -- old woman all of its person every clutching her -- or pocketbook because his -- dressed. Says gang -- all Portillo marble or -- -- -- -- so that's why so what my acting about it is that. Look if we as Americans can happen. This dialogue. And we -- it all we go to divorcing no no no you won't pointing at some point thing is -- -- afford -- short -- is hopeful there will never be able to come together as a country. Yeah and just like when it with what he was saying about his perspective for me. I cannot 10 -- what most important ones song is on -- -- -- -- sampling and trying to understand what it's like not to me that's that's really what this song is about the song is about X. Lowering the idea that I have in the past been called a racist for just wearing something or being called -- racist for. Something crazy and I've got friends that had done interviews that. You know the next thing you know -- -- in trouble and it. And we all. We're never getting past this situation this tension in our country without these conversations -- immediate talks about quite a bit movies have done a great job in the last couple years -- -- -- this around Lincoln and -- and everything. It's music store I think to talk about. Country music. I think is a situation. Where I am so absolutely surprised and pleased with -- format in a way that I never expected. I you know I would I am so in love with being -- country music artist. Just the fact that I get to sing -- and that things that I saying that every day. Plight of an entire. I guess demographic of people. And and a region in all of these things that we are but one thing that's great about country music is it's sort of specifics in his lyrics. And if there were going to be two camps that are gonna have this conversation I think you've got the rap world you've got the country world -- they're both largely entrenched in their own. Desperate -- you know situations. Yet it you know what -- just just won't go adding on what he's saying like for me. As a as a rap artists on some -- Music -- and crosses over into the white community and touches people listen to country and some of it doesn't. My thinking was you know what it's time for. It's not hopeful for -- -- come into people's homes that don't necessarily expect to listen to music you know I don't I don't feel like. You know. Quite frankly I have to. Every every song that you make tested turtle woman into a process to all. Turtle turtle woman you don't just totally it. Objective fire every female all only talk about you know. On the worst things -- our lives sometimes we have to talk about some real subjects. You don't yes I would be -- original yes obviously it. -- -- dale dale black the other families in this country. Black in -- but I know specifically in the black community. They were victims of predatory lending. They they live in order to bridge is now five years ago they -- -- -- an outdated bridges. And I -- our cultures same thing and -- your music we represented the exact. Exact same demographic and -- What I thought about. Was. Having a conversation in a dialogue would someone that would make the world better for muscle. Having a dialogue -- conversation that would make. The streets safer from us on -- live now. -- when you think about a kid like -- on Martin in a hoodie and he's looked at as against the by this guy -- These are the types of things this is why -- talked about the clothing and assault the clothing that these debt they kids aware -- in that that that. African American community is not the culprit. I'm not going to demonize the style of dress but what I didn't want to raise an issue about can have a conversation about is. The stereotypes that come along with that style address -- what that means now what terms of the unity in the community. African American community. Is. She was reunified yes certain parts of the community there's always going to be differences of opinion. And you know a wise man once told me you know you can't -- vicious enemies -- -- friends only convinced that you know also. It it is what it is we're not going to be able to come on this interview and all of -- sudden everybody feels like everything's perfect what we talked about is more idealistic. And utopian style of point of view when it's something -- is possible because look -- all of the rhetoric. -- me and this guy can sit here right now or television have this conversation that you're doing congress. Under that you don't think Indians got contributed to this -- of decision. We can do -- around the world. There like you don't like so maybe so what OK you think I'm the worst -- the world. OK maybe next we do ebony and -- result I'm leader in our arteries worked well I come off a little better we're me area. It's -- -- so if you think OK what you know. -- -- -- -- -- -- What we do is raise the consciousness of America acting not. Could don't -- and I'm not advising anyone -- it's truly forget. Slavery but what I am saying is -- get -- slavery mentality. Forget the bitterness. Don't get bitter get better. Don't get -- did better -- let's move. Then and I'm you know it -- and added that as as somebody. Who's basically. Trying to say. In many ways in the song would I come from generation that. Absolutely so removed from it. And we are all one of the most in Portland song is we're picking up the pieces walk on angels by the -- We're still left sifting through the rubble after 150 years and and that's. It really is I think if you live in the north. You don't think about the civil war you don't think about anything that ever happened and that situated was a living Gettysburg you're not gonna think about that. But my career because my ancestors. -- those people. I insensitive today and I did however that being said it that's should not stop me at this point in 2000 at thirteen. From having a real dialogue what this man about the future of our country -- for Newton you know. That's the difference that's the only difference in what I'm saying. I understand the systematic. You don't racism that exists but you know what every -- -- down south. In every kid in middle America is not the people -- -- -- -- awesome people. That economic power houses edible with some chips and radicalism pieces he got us all. In shackles on a different level. But every person you know every white person in his neighborhood -- grow up every one problem is it racist if every black person. Every black person is not a racist and every black person is not a criminal in every black kid did you see would have to -- some sagging jeans or isn't getting -- We not all the same everybody's not to see it I think that that's the thing that put me. The song -- I would have to say respectfully some people want you to have 88 anymore -- militant. Type of attitude when you -- but guess what -- -- -- liberal what does that entail have a compensation. And militant that doesn't work past couple missing. You know we got. We got nationalism in respect he has to show respect in order to get the respect each other and move forward and make our nation and -- situation back. Something that I think I think LL said. The most powerful thing I've ever heard said. About. That that symbol and that is. Is -- you know and this came from -- -- we have another co writer and saw a man namely Miller and league adopted a biracial.

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