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LL Cool J Clarifies His Role In ‘Accidental Racist’ on Tonight Show

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on April 12, 2013

This week we learned that some of Brad Paisley’s best friends are black.

Like LL Cool J, who appeared on “Accidental Racist,” the song that launched a million posts about race in America. Mr. Hashtag Grammys stopped by The Tonight Show to clarify his role on the track. “The song wasn’t perfect, and you can’t fit 300 or 400 years of history in a three- or four-minute song,” LL Cool J told Jay Leno. “A lot of people took offense to some of the lyrics, and ultimately I can’t defend the song, but I can clarify my intentions.”

He pretty much throws Paisley under the [back of the] bus.

Other choice quotes:

• “When you think about a kid like Trayvon Martin and think about some of the things that happen in society based on clothing, when you put it in its proper context, it makes sense.” [ed. note: Does it?]

• “I would never, ever, ever suggest to anyone that we should forget slavery and act like that didn’t happen,” he says. “I understand the systemic racism that exists. I get that. But you know what? If that playing field is unlevel, and you think it’s unfair, then maybe putting down some of that baggage will help you make it up that hill a little easier.” [ed. note: Does it?]

If you missed “Accidental Racist” the first time around, feel free to watch a better version here — kudos to @_Cooper for pointing this out:

[via THR]
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