So, I thought that perhaps I should address this whole Brad Paisley controversy concerning his new song about racism. This is going to be short and sweet. Why? Because I don’t feel that there’s much to say about it.
I don’t think the issue is that Brad Paisley is a racist. Rather, I think the problem is he’s oblivious. The last person in the world society wants to be lectured by about the hardships of discrimination is a white man. Okay? Secondly, I just don’t feel that a campy song is the appropriate place to begin a dialogue for a subject matter that’s incredibly sensitive and still quite raw for many people.
I understand that racism does exists for people of European decent. However, it’s nothing compared to what men and women of color experience almost on a daily basis. I think that the message may have come from a good place, and his heart was certainly genuine.
But, I’m pretty sure his head was up his ass.