In The Wake Of “Accidental Racist,” Here’s Someone Who Can Definitively Answer “Yo, Is This Racist?”

April 12, 2013 2:03 PM

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Recently, country singer Brad Paisley raised eyebrows--and rolled the eyes beneath them--with his new single, "Accidental Racist." It’s a defensive ode to wearing confederate flag t-shirts, and it features a guest rap verse from LL Cool J. Hours after its release, the song was thoroughly fussed over by media outlets. Was it a critique of pan-racial stereotyping? Actual overt racism in disguise? Or just a mind-bogglingly clumsy attempt at a "kumbaya" moment. Of course, there’s already one forum where such thorny questions about race are kicked around every day.

Andrew Ti is a writer based in California who runs the podcast, Yo, Is This Racist? Here, Ti and a guest discuss an endless array of questionable topics like "Fashion accessories" and "The South" five days a week, in a quest to answer the podcast’s titular question. Although he has no official train...

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