Todd Smith admitted to the late night host that the song was not perfect. “You can’t fit 300 or 400 years of history in a three or four-minute song,” he said, adding that he tried to explain his intentions through his lyrics.
“When you think about a kid like Trayvon Martin and you think about some of the things that happen in society based on clothing, when you put it in its proper context, it makes sense,” he continued. “I would never, ever, ever suggest to anyone that we should just forget slavery and act like that didn’t happen. I understand the systemic racism that exists, I get that. But you know what, if the playing field is unlevel and if you feel it’s unfair, then maybe putting down some of that baggage will help you make it up that hill a little easier.”
Paisley has also given his take on the song. “This isn’t a stunt. This isn’t something that I just came up with just to be sort of shocking or anything like that,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I’m doing it because it just feels more relevant than it even did a few years ago.”