When [Scott] Schaben expressed that view during his interview with the Times Herald, he said, reporter asked if his wife was African American.
“I said, ‘yeah, she’s black, so if Bruce Braley wants to go ahead and paint me as a racist, have fun with that,’” he explained. “That’s what it was. It wasn’t like, ‘Hey, come at me.’”
He continued, “Republicans are getting painted as these old, rich, white racists. I’m not old – I’m under 40. I’m not rich – I don’t have a million dollars in the bank. And I am not racist. … That’s one angle that you’re not going be able to take on me.”
Sort of a weird note for Schaben to start out on … he literally just announced he was running for Tom Harkin’s soon-to-be-vacated seat like a couple of days ago. His platform otherwise is to run as a “common-sense conservative” who is anti-abortion but in favor of same-sex marriage.
22:44 // 9 months ago
alexanderpf says: What exactly do you find so problematic about Brad Paisley's song Accidental Racist? I'm originally from Germany but moved to Alabama at a young age. Have you ever had a chance to travel through some of the more rural parts of the Southeast? While there are definitely still some very vocal racists -- most people find themselves in a middle school dance type situation of socially expected segregation... and I think the song really speaks to that.
» SFB says: Race is a difficult subject to discuss, and when it’s handled poorly, it shows. The song, simply put, handles a delicate subject poorly—no matter what part of the country you live in. I used to live in a part of South Carolina that was decidedly not urban. I lived there long enough that I understand what you’re talking about, but I think at the same time that doesn’t give Brad Paisley a pass. It’s a clumsy treatment of a clumsy topic. Plus, I mean, how does something like this get on an album? There were people at his label that signed off on this and didn’t see the problem. That’s a huge problem. — Ernie @ SFB
EDIT: This commentary on the subject says everything you need to know.
19:07 // 1 year ago