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"Accidental Racist" creates controversy


Associated Press Brad Paisley
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Associated Press Brad Paisley (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

It only took a few hours for a six-minute song about race to spark a backlash after its release Monday.

The song by the unlikely duo of Brad Paisley and LL Cool J, "Accidental Racist," was slammed by music critics and fans alike for its attempt at a dialogue on race between two men from starkly different backgrounds with lyrics like "If you don't judge my do-rag … I won't judge your red flag" and "If you don't judge my gold chains … I'll forget the iron chains."

The country singer, 40, and his rapper counterpart, 45, say the national debate sparked by their song, released on Paisley's new album, "Wheelhouse," is exactly what they wanted to happen. Read more.

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.









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