LL Cool J Speaks On ‘Accidental Racist’ Controversy On The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

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“I can’t defend the song, but I can clarify my intentions,” LL said. “There’s a lyric in the song where I say ‘if you don’t judge my du-rag I won’t judge your red flag.’ I in no way would ever compare the history of the confederate flag [with a du-rag]. Which when you think about the rapes, tortures, the murders, the lynchings. All of the things associated with the confederate flag with a du-rag. However, when you think about a kid like Trayvon Martin, and you think about some oft he things that happen in society based on clothing. When you put it in it’s proper context it makes sense. I would never, ever suggest to anyone that we should just forget slavery and act like that didn’t happen.”

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