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I love Brad Paisley and I understand the message he is trying to convey is noble so I am not at all upset by the lyrics but I too understand how some would be put off by the lyrics. Brad doesn't acknowledge the entire situation, perhaps because he isn't well acquainted with it. He states in his song:. -We're still siftin' through the rubble after a hundred-fifty years". Although slavery was abolished nearly 150 years ago, slavery didn't end and neither did the prevailing ideas that existed with it. Black Americans we're still treated with disdain, considered a lesser creation, physically and emotionally abused, employed with a 'slaves- wage'. It was only 50 years ago that the Civil Rights movement began. Until then Black Americans were not allowed to vote, attend schools with White Americans, eat in the same restaurants, swim in the same pools, play at the same parks, use the same bathrooms, etc. We were still treated as a lesser creation by the majority (but not entirety) of White Americans. I am not yet 30 years old and live in Southern California but remember vividly that as a child I was exposed to racism by adults and peers, called by racial slurs, made fun of for physical characteristics common to Black Americans, ostracized and humiliated. As a pre-teen I remember riding in a car with my mother and a Hispanic friend and having to pull to the side of the road, turn off all the lights and duck down as though the car was parked because the resident Ku Klux Klan was riding down the neighboring street yelling and carrying on. The Generation we now live in is made up of many adults who are children of those who were on both sides of the Civil Rights movement, or perhaps as children were recipients of racism, and as such are still working through the fading ideals of their parents. I agree we should all work on moving forward, and in great strides we are; some (both White and Black) are just slower to recover than others.
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