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  • just a conservative girl 11:05 PM on 11/06/2013 Permalink | Reply
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  • just a conservative girl 9:09 PM on 04/10/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Accidental Racist – Much Ado about Nothing 

    I keep hearing about this song and how racist and insensitive it is.  Now I am not a fan of country music, and quite honestly the only thing I know about Brad Paisley is that he is married to actress Kimberly Williams.  I have never heard his music before that I know of.  I am not really a big fan of LL Cool J, but he seems like a nice enough guy from little I have seen of him.

    So here are the words to this song that is causing such a dust-up:

    To the man that waited on me at the Starbucks down on Main, I hope you understand
    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
    Lookin’ like I got a lot to learn but from my point of view

    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 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

    They called it Reconstruction, fixed the buildings, dried some tears
    We’re still siftin’ through the rubble after a hundred-fifty years
    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

    ‘Cause I’m a white man livin’ in the southland
    Just like you I’m more than what you see
    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
    And we’re still paying for the mistakes
    That a bunch of folks made long before we came
    And caught between southern pride and southern blame

    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
    I wasn’t there when Sherman’s March turned the south into firewood
    I want you to get paid but be a slave I never could
    Feel like a new fangled Django, dodgin’ invisible white hoods
    So when I see that white cowboy hat, I’m thinkin’ it’s not all good
    I guess we’re both guilty of judgin’ the cover not the book
    I’d love to buy you a beer, conversate and clear the air
    But I see that red flag and I think you wish I wasn’t here

    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)
    Tryin’ to understand what it’s like not to be
    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)
    It ain’t like you and me can re-write history
    (Can’t re-write history baby)

    Oh, Dixieland
    (The relationship between the Mason-Dixon needs some fixin’)
    I hope you understand what this is all about
    (Quite frankly I’m a black Yankee but I’ve been thinkin’ about this lately)
    I’m a son of the new south
    (The past is the past, you feel me)
    And I just want to make things right
    (Let bygones be bygones)
    Where all that’s left is southern pride
    (RIP Robert E. Lee but I’ve gotta thank Abraham Lincoln for freeing me, know what I mean)
    It’s real, it’s real
    It’s truth

    Now it seems pretty clear to me that all the two were trying to accomplish was to say that we need to not judge people.  There are blacks that feel threatened by the confederate flag, there are whites that feel they are being blamed for something they had no part of.  The only way to move beyond this is to try to understand each point of view.  Not every southern is a racist.  Not every black person is up to no good.

    Seriously, what is so bad about that?

    I know I have asked this question many times, America is far from the only country that had institutionalized slavery in its past, why do have the “stain of slavery” when other countries do not?  In some respects slavery still exists in the world, it just has a different name; Human Trafficking.  It happens all over the Middle East and Asia.  Children are sold and/or kidnapped and forced into prostitution and indentured servitude still exists in many countries.  This is a very serious problem that can even be found in this country if one really cares to look.  Why aren’t we having a discussion on the here and now and not what ended a 150+ years ago?

    Two artists recorded a song that meant to get people to think of their own perceptions.  But as usual it has turned into LL Cool J is turning his back on race.  But I guess since the rumor is that he is a gasp, republican (the horror) that he did that a long time ago anyway.

     

     

     
    • signpainterguy 4:37 PM on 04/11/2013 Permalink | Reply

      O/T: Reader / commenter Joyanna Adams` home and one other were the only two in her neighborhood spared significant damage by today`s tornado in MO. She emailed Doug Powers at DougPowers.com, “The Powers That Be” from a local library with the news as her power is out and likely will be for some time (she has been guest blogging for Doug while he makes a job change).

      Prayers would be appreciated, I`m sure.

      • just a conservative girl 10:41 PM on 04/11/2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks so much for letting me know. Thank God that she is ok. I am so sorry to hear that happened to so close to her home. That must be very upseting. I will add her to prayer list at church tomorrow.

    • Star 6:16 PM on 04/11/2013 Permalink | Reply

      “I know I have asked this question many times, America is far from the only country that had institutionalized slavery in its past, why do have the “stain of slavery” when other countries do not?”

      It’s a matter of scale and execution. It’s a matter of creating a whole new industry designed to kidnap people from another continent to become slaves. It’s a matter of religion being used as a tool to explain away the atrocities. It’s a matter of the real credit behind the American economic miracle.

      You see JACG, the slave trade, fueled by the neverending demand from farm owners in America, destroyed the African continent. Until the 14th century, Europe and Africa were on the same technological and economic level. But by the 18th century, Africa was a hollowed out continent. 50 million, at least, of its best and brightest were captured by slave traders. Social and family units were destroyed. Economic production grounded to a halt. People lived in terror of the whites.

      Once the slaves arrived in America (sure, a small percentage went to Europe and elsewhere, but most were sent here), they became less than human. Not serfs, not sweat shop workers, not servants – they became less than human.

      Recommended reading: Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.
      Take care though – you might suddenly develop a crushing guilt, because the level of atrocities and persecution seen is rarely, if ever, seen in the annals of recorded history. Every American I know became a changed person once they spent time looking through our bloody history.

      • just a conservative girl 10:20 PM on 04/11/2013 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry, but I won’t feel any guilt. I am first generation American. I have nothing to feel guilty about. The country of my family origins was one of the first to outlaw slavery. Nor do I believe that anyone alive today should feel guilt. Our history is our history. It cannot be changed. All we can do is live in the here and now. I will leave it to people like you to live in the past and expect something that is done today to change what happened more than a hundred years ago.

        • signpainterguy 10:22 PM on 04/11/2013 Permalink | Reply

          :-)

        • Star 1:03 AM on 04/12/2013 Permalink | Reply

          You asked a question, I gave an answer, and you responded with a “I don’t care”.
          You also attempt to whitewash the sins of our forefathers with a wave of your hands.
          How do you expect to understand the issue then, and the moral obligation that we must bear?

          The wealth of the Western world, the Technological Revolution, and the Age of Enlightenment were all a product of slavery, colonialism, and plunder.
          The wealth that built up the middle class in England, and Europe, came from the same source. These wealth led to the eventual formation of the settlements here.

          The slave trade provided the economic advantage for American settlers, and later on, farmers, manufacturers and traders to grow. The Gilded Age was powered by slavery. Pure and simple.

          And yes, “people like me” do remember this, and we will continue to try and make amends for it.

      • signpainterguy 10:45 PM on 04/11/2013 Permalink | Reply

        Perhaps it is mentioned in the book, but you missed a couple of significant players in the slavery game; muslims, the world leaders in slave takers / makers and traders and many of the slave`s own family members, tribal members or tribal enemies.

        Let`s not forget that many whites were sold as slaves FROM England, for tax debts or just to get rid of “under-saddle burrs” so to speak. Another surprise to me was learning that at the time of emancipation, more blacks owned slaves than did whites.

        As best as we can determine thru genealogy searches, no one on either side of my family ever owned slaves, though my Paternal Grand Mother employed several and in fact, my Dad was raised by a black Nanny. We`ve searched back to the 1500s, so I have no reason to feel any guilt.

        No country in the world has ever provided the opportunities for such a high quality of life as America, the USA, so it`s well past time for descendants of slaves to get over it and make a life for themselves. If it can`t be done here, it can`t be done anywhere !

        • Star 1:10 AM on 04/12/2013 Permalink | Reply

          Slavery is wrong, anywhere, anyplace, anytime.
          But you are missing an important point which I raised earlier.
          The scale and execution..
          Nowhere in the recorded history of humanity has this level of complete slavery been practiced. Nowhere. Not once. Not ever.

          Our forefathers came here with a support system in place, from their community, their friends, and later on, their local govenrment. Over two million of our forefathers were given land for practically free, with loans for seeds and equipments. And they had the biggest reserve of natural resources on the planet. How was this harnessed? Slave labor, who until the late 19th century, was viewed as less than human. Who until 1965, was less than equal.

          • just a conservative girl 8:19 AM on 04/12/2013 Permalink | Reply

            Actually the majority of the people caputured in Africa brought into slavery went to Brazil and The West Indies. The death rates for those put into slavery were much higher in Brazil then here in the U.S. and slavery ended at a later time in that country. A much smaller percentage came to the U.S., roughly 5%. One also cannot forget the history of the slave trade in Africa was carried out by other blacks in many circumstances. There is plenty of ugliness of the history to go around. To say that only the U.S. has a stain of history is not only inaccurate it then dismisses what else happened.

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