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Touré to LL Cool J on ‘Accidental Racist’: ‘No, I’m Not Going To Forget’ Slavery

MSNBC host Touré tore into artists LL Cool J and Brad Paisley over the lyrics of the lighthearted duet “Accidental Racist,” which tackled persistent racial tensions.

Touré, an experienced music critic and outspoken expert on race relations, found no redeeming value in their song. MSNBC co-host S.E. Cupp said that she could “appreciate” the effort made by both artists in the effort to cool racial tensions though verse. “I like the effort… maybe,” Cupp said waveringly.

“OK,” Touré interjected. “No, I’m not giving out any good grades for the effort.”

“I hate it,” he continued. He said Paisley could not tell his audience to ignore the “dominant meaning” behind the Confederate flag. “No, you can’t just re-appropriate the symbol as you wish,” Touré added. “If you wear that out in public, as LL says in his verse, you’re going to make me uncomfortable.”

“It’d be very easy for me to spend the rest of my time beating up on Brad Paisley’s show of white guilt,” Touré pivoted, “but I don’t want to do that straw man — I want to talk to LL who I am extraordinarily disappointed in.”

Touré slammed Cool J over the lyric in his song, “If you forget the gold chains, I’ll forget the iron chains.”

“Completely false choice,” Touré said. “If you don’t judge me because I’m wearing a chain, I’ll forget about slaver? Which continues to have an impact on this country — the racial disparity, the income inequality, the incarceration trends. No, I’m not going to forget.”

“My God, LL Cool J talking about ‘forget the slavery mentality?'” Touré exclaimed. “Mama should knock you out!”

Source: MSNBC

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6 thoughts on “Touré to LL Cool J on ‘Accidental Racist’: ‘No, I’m Not Going To Forget’ Slavery

  1. Vickie Medley says:

    I think that Toure has a completely different agenda than Brad Paisley & LL Cool J. They put out a song that invites dialogue and, in my opinion, in no way asks anyone to forget about history. I interpret what they are saying as, "Let's talk and see if we can't move this issue forward." Ironically, just below this article is another article titled, "Toure Tears Into Antonin Scalia Over Racial Entitlement Argument." I refer you back to my first sentence.

  2. As the most visible symbol of the parasitic plantation culture that promoted and declared civil war to defend the kidnapping, imprisonment, enslavement and murder of an entire race of men, women and children, this flag only fans the flames of disgust and disaffection with the mentality that waves it. It signifies monstrous acts against humanity, with history lite amateurs content to water down our lessons so to more comfortably fit a lyric. We know what lyrics were sung while they were in bondage for these past centuries; free labor to idle, self absorbed dilettantes. It is not either 150 years ago but a million acts to this day. Medger Evers, the Birmingham dogs, Wallace blocking the door, MLK, James Byrd Jr, James Craig Anderson, Rand Paul insisting that a business should have the right to refuse service because of race. And it will continue until demagogues stop waving whatever flag out of fear, ignorance and self loathing.
    BTW If Paisley and LL had listened to Tom Petty's "Southern Accent' and Chuck D's 'Fight the Power' they wouldn't even have bothered.

  3. Alfred Ray says:

    My dear Brother Mike Howard so well said. It appears that hypocrisy and the criminal infliction of racism is to be washed away because two misguided entertainers, entertain themselves with the naive consideration that white people suffered long enough from the legacy of slavery. How ludicrous and naive of them. Though the majority of white people in this country are not racist, they have to accept that slavery is a 250 year legacy of this United States, inflicted on African Americans by White Americans. Injustices heal when we accept the truths of our past. We can not disguise the truth by appealing to our uncomfortableness. Brad Paisley and LL Cool J, need to…"GET REAL AND NEVER FORGET…ACCEPT THE TRUTH.

  4. Alfred Ray says:

    My dear Brother Mike Howard so well said. It appears that hypocrisy and the criminal infliction of racism is to be washed away because two misguided entertainers, entertain themselves with the naive consideration that white people suffered long enough from the legacy of slavery. How ludicrous and naive of them. Though the majority of white people in this country are not racist, they have to accept that slavery is a 250 year legacy of this United States, inflicted on African Americans by White Americans. Injustices heal when we accept the truths of our past. We can not disguise the truth by appealing to our uncomfortableness. Brad Paisley and LL Cool J, need to…"GET REAL AND NEVER FORGET…ACCEPT THE TRUTH.

  5. Sakura Kone' says:

    Unless you/ll/paisley are talking about complete "reparation" to African Americans for 500 years of genocide & forced servitude in the building this and other western countries; you are "pissing in the wind".

  6. Sakura Kone' says:

    Unless you/ll/paisley are talking about complete "reparation" to African Americans for 500 years of genocide & forced servitude in the building this and other western countries; you are "pissing in the wind".

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