"Guilty Of Being White" as written by and Nelson Mackaye....
I'm sorry
For something I didn't do
Lynched somebody
But I didn't know who

You blame me
For slavery
A hundred years before I was born

[Repeat: x4]
Guilty of being white

I'm sorry
For something I didn't do
Lynched somebody
But I didn't know who

[Repeat: x4]
Guilty of being white

I'm convicted
Of a racist crime
I've only served
19 years of my life

I'm sorry
For something I didn't do
Lynched somebody
But I didn't know who

[Repeat: x3]
Guilty of being white

Guilty of being right


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"Guilty of Being White" as written by Mackaye Baker

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  • +2
    General CommentIan MacKaye of Minor Threat wrote this song after being beaten up for discussing slavery in his history class.

    Slayer aren't racists, just cuz Kerry King is bald (as is Ian MacKaye) doesn't make him a white surpremacist. One of the dudes in the badn isn't even white.

    They changed it to "guilty of being right" as a way to piss people off and be controversial, not to show their racist attitudes. however, that is still inexcusable even if they aren't really racists.

    There are a lot more racist songs out there than this one. Many rap songs are racist because the rappers see blacks and whites as different people who are living in different worlds as opposed to the two races living as the common man where race is irrelevant.
    River Wolfon December 15, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWTF is "a racist" that makes no sense. Blacks hate whites because our ancestors made some (harsh?) (not saying wrong) decision on what to do with the apes they found in Africa. Everyone is racially informed here, blacks commit crime and steal purses, whites kill families. Every other race does nothing for society (blacks give police officers a job)
    IKSoullesson August 08, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthsi isnt even a slayer song originally, its a cover of Minor Threat - Guilty of Being White,
    in Minor Threats version he doesnt say guilty of being right though, and in this song at the last verse he says "You blame me for everything, a hundred years before i was born"
    and slayer dont suck,
    nazipunksfuckoffon September 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentslayer is the absolute shit and taking this song and making it some huge racist claim is completely unfounded. he's makign the point that he's tired of having to feel guilt for something he in fact has never done. please forgive them for not wanting the burden of a bunch of hick ass lynch mobs fifty years ago
    handofdoomon June 04, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe lyrics are true. What ever happens to 'minorities' here is the white mans fault, as far as they're concerned...And that last verse is accurate. Just like if someone said 'White Pride World Wide', you'll call them a racist, but if they said 'Gay Pride World Wide' you wouldn't say a word..........And what do you mean people aren't 'colours'?? Show me a black Aryan, and i'll leave boot marks on his face......
    einheit 13on October 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentROBOTROCK:
    Ian MacKaye meant "19 years of my time" as in the years he's LIVED (being white). Dude was 19 when he wrote that song.
    The song was NOT originally written to "critisize caucasians." It was just a "fuck you" to all the (majority) black kids in his school and where he lived that would give him shit JUST for that fact that he's white when he really never did SHIT.
    YOU need to "do your homework."
    minor threat page is over here:
    songmeanings.net/…
    ieatbrainson July 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIan, of Minor Threat, wrote this as an anti racist song.
    "I'm only guilty of being white, don't judge me on the color of my skin"
    -Ian Mckaye
    Shiza_Menellion August 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm sure this has been said already, but:

    1. Slayer changed the lyrics of the song to piss people off. Shocking, I know.
    2. Slayer are not racists, the lead singer and drummer for the band are fucking latinos, for fucks sake.
    notaminorthreaton January 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPeople are not "black" or "white" for crissakes..
    People are races and nationalities, not frikkin colors!
    A negro is not black, an aryan guy is not white..
    which color would you say a jew is?
    or a pakistani, phillipina, eskimo, whatever..
    either way, this song is about reverse racism,
    how non-aryans constantly use race to their own means and advantage..
    MOST aryan people, even if they in fact WERE racists, would not ever personally act in a racist manner to a non-aryan!
    Out of the 60 kids in my class, only ONE of them ever brings up race and acts in a manner that, if he were white, could be considered racism.
    And that is a negro kid.
    And if you're reading this, and you're not aryan, you'll probably accuse me of being a white supremasist or whatever, simply for trying to explain that this song is not racist when it clearly isnt.
    anyway I'm half-hispanic, and my grandfathers grandmother was actually black.
    Ddaduttaon September 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst of all its how black people feel about white people and the statement guilty of being white is sarcastic.And second, the racist crime mackaye is talking about is plainly being white and he was 19 when he recorded this song.I am a die hard slayer fanatic, and even though they arent nazis or anything,but they certainly dont show sympathy for whiney people and what my great grand daddy did to your great granddaddy mentality.
    capricornon March 22, 2006   Link

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