Brad Paisley and LL Cool J are causing a bit of controversy with their new collaboration called “Accidental Racist.”
In the song, Paisley says wearing a Confederate flag t-shirt doesn’t make him a racist. Instead it just makes him a “Skynyrd fan” that is proud of his southern heritage.
LL’s verse says, “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.”
The song is supposed to be about misconceptions but the song is also a reminder that “racist” has become one of the most overused words in the English language.
Merriam-Webster defines racism as “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.”
Of course, there are racists all across America and we should save the word and the label for the true racists. Overusing the term makes it moot and ineffective and, ultimately, the term’s overuse makes it harder to spot the real racists because everyone is not a racist, just like every man can’t be a sexist.
Last week, President Barack Obama was called that by many of his own supporters on social media when he said California Attorney General Kamala Harris is the “by far the best looking attorney general in the country.”
The comment was inappropriate and the president, no doubt, wishes he had never said it, but one comment doesn’t mean President Obama is a sexist, nor does it mean he requires gender sensitivity training either.
I have noticed this pattern regarding social media. It’s a collective rush to push out opinions on every topic that becomes “trending.” The collective rush leads to an overhyped debate. The overhyped debate has caused important, powerful words to be rendered useless due to overuse. Overuse, then, ushers in shorter attention spans so we will stop paying attention when someone truly deserves the label of racist or sexist.
And then we all end up sounding like Brad Paisley.
- The best places to celebrate Fall in Phoenix
- Infamous athletes who did the most time for their crimes
- 2016 baseball highlights, bloopers and blunders
- See how CFOs really feel about business in the Valley
- The best television shows on the internet
- A preseason guide to avoid holiday weight gain
- The 5 worst things you could do for your roof
- 6 coolest things brewing in Arizona
- The virus that keeps head and neck cancers on the rise
- State Fair ‘Kid Reporter’ has all the angles covered
- 4 important things to know about timeshare maintenance fees
- Signs of delayed car crash injuries
- The truth about sports concussions
- The Alzheimer's epidemic: Facts you need to know
- The season is here, keep your Fantasy Football team strong all season
- 8 TV shows you can't miss this fall
- Football is here: 6 tips to make this your best season ever
- Gameday recipes and beers to match
- 6 reasons the Cardinals are driven to win the Super Bowl
- The Pac-12 football season nears kickoff
- Tips to get ready for a pain-free golf season
- Protect your family with these 7 home security features
- How to train like an Olympic swimmer
- 2016 Olympics: A guide to must-see TV events
- The bride's guide to feeling your best on your wedding day
- Deciding when you need knee surgery
- Celebrating Fourth of July is much cooler in these AZ towns
- Top ten road trip bathrooms in America
- Six things causing a pain in your neck
- 5 things to make your summer move easier