NBCNEWS – Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney sang about races living “in perfect harmony” back in 1982, comparing the blend to keys on a piano in “Ebony and Ivory,” a tune that hit No. 1 with relatively little controversy. But the latest attempt by a white and black singer to talk about racial issues is stirring up a lot of hate — for the song and its singers.

The song, “Accidental Racist,” is a duet between Brad Paisley and LL Cool J, featured on Paisley’s new album “Wheelhouse.” Lyrics include Paisley crooning:

“I’m proud of where I’m from/ But not everything we’ve done/ And it ain’t like you and me can re-write history/ Our generation didn’t start this nation/ We’re still picking up the pieces/ Walking over eggshells/ Fighting over yesterday”

While LL jumps in with:

“When I see that white cowboy hat, I’m thinking it’s not all good/ I guess we’re both guilty of judging the cover not the book/ I’d love to buy you a beer/ Conversate and clear the air.”

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