I can’t wait for the German version of this song, “Accidental Anti-Semite”, to be released. The song, a rousing polka featuring a soulful accordion solo, will chronicle the tale of a young Bavarian man who ventures to Israel in a pair of lederhosen and a t-shirt with a swastika.
Upon noticing that everyone is giving him dirty looks, he will sing a tragic ballad about how he is just so sad that history and that whole Holocaust thing kind of sucked, but why can’t he just be proud of der Heimat? It’s certainly not his fault that he’s an accidental anti-semite.
But seriously, what the eff, Brad Paisley. And LL Cool J?!
I get that modern white Southerners can get an unfair rap for historical racism, and that celebrating the positive aspects of Southern culture- which are legion- can be seen as tacit endorsement of the lousier parts. I have Southern roots. I get it.
BUT WRITING A SONG ABOUT A DUDE WHO WEARS A CONFEDERATE FLAG SHIRT TO STARBUCKS, AND THEN FEELS SAD THAT THE BLACK GUY SERVING HIM THINKS HE IS A RACIST?
Last time I checked, symbols have meaning, and the Confederate flag has several clear meanings that are universally known. These include:
- I do not respect the union of all 50 states,
- I find something admirable about the Confederacy/20th-century South defending “states’ rights,” which center almost exclusively around disenfranchising minorities, and
- I am probably a big, fat racist.
I realize that a song like this was put out to raise the hackles of folks like myself, liberals typing away on their tumblrs on their new MacBooks as they prep themselves to move to the Bay Area. I know.
But, like, here’s the thing—- I really, really like the South. I love so much about Southern culture. But if you choose to glorify the symbols which represent the lowest, nastiest parts of that culture, then you can just go eff off.
I could write a lot of words about my feelings on this topic, or I could let Kelly say all of this far more hilariously than I would’ve.