Emancipation Day, the day that Lincoln officially freed the slaves, is as tough a time as any to talk about race relations. We find our nation still embroiled in racially charged national debates, mainly immigration (and, in many ways, gun control).
We have come a long way since the Civil War, but as Brad Paisley and L.L. Cool J’s song, Accidental Racist, can attest, we’re still a long way out from being a post-race society. If you haven’t heard the song, think carefully before you choose to. It has received plenty of flack from the 24-hour news networks, been slammed on SNL, and made LL Cool J look like an Uncle Tom. However, for good or bad, its reception among the Brad Paisley crowd has been exceptional.