"Guilty of Being White" as written by and Nelson Mackaye....
I'm sorry
For something that I didn't do
Lynched somebody
But I don'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 that I didn't do
Lynched somebody
But I don't know who
You blame me for slavery
A hundred years before I was born

[Repeat: x4]
Guilty of being white

I'm a convict (Guilty!)
Of a racist crime (Guilty!)
I've only served (Guilty!)
Nineteen years of my time

I'm sorry
For something that I didn't do
Lynched somebody
But I don't know who
You blame me for slavery
A hundred years before I was born

[Repeat: x4]
Guilty of being white


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"Guilty of Being White" as written by Nelson Mackaye

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  • +3
    General CommentIn Steven Blush's book American Hardcore: A Tribal History, Iam MacKaye comments on this song. He says it is about his life growing up in DC, where HE was the minority. During history class, while studying the slave trade, he would be beaten up after class for something he had no part of. Also, Slayer covered this song, but they changed the last line to "guilty of being right!" which offended Ian with it's pretty blatant racism. Well, that's all for now.
    TheLocustReignon June 12, 2002   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionI can't express my hate for these people who are damn stupid.
    Lets explain this easy enough for you so you can u-n-d-e-r-s-t-a-n-d.

    We are all the same, right? You agree with that one?
    Now that would mean that Hitler could have been an African American extreme-nationalist as well as a German extreme-nationalist. What he could have done? Killed lots of white cops and white people in protests? And what people would be thinking? Oh yeah he was a damn hero.

    Oh yeah what would happen to those Nazi skinheads if they happened to born as a black guys? Skinheads move in a gang right? ( well not all ) Oh yeah that guy at the station who mugs white, Asian, Middle-Eastern guys who can't defend themselves with his gang because they are all racists and won't treat you with the respect that you need for your ego and they aren't your bros and your blood.

    Why didn't I get that job I was dressed with my gang jacket and I had my big Afro and my gold teeth and the employer was a fucking racist. Well maybe you didn't get that job because you didn't dress properly? Or maybe he wasn't looking that kind of type at all.

    Oh yeah what would happen if those cribs and bloods happened to born as white in a skinhead neighborhood? Yeah that's right they would still have their guns and be stupid enough to kill other people and part of them prob would be skinheads.

    I know this guy who a Nazi skinhead and he's partly a gypsie and I know this other guy who is from Syria and she's a Nazi skinhead and I know this black guy who is a nationalist skinhead they are all skinheads, but they aren't even Caucasian and matter how many times you tell 'em they wont stop their scene. And all of their friends say that n**gers suck and it doesn't make any sense because there is no sense in nationalism it's like a hockey match my flag is the best bla bla..

    You mongoloids don't get that there's no damn racism because there is no white and black and so forth supporting racism and being against racism and race-hate is racism because there are no races. There are just these morons who keep saying you are you and we are us.

    "Well the society is still full of racism" Why Obama is the first black president? Because democracy is majority politics and the majority decides who gets to a be president. Why hasn't there been white presidents in Africa? Because there a no white voters?!?!? Don't you get it? If If Africa could be economically at the same state with Europe, they would treat me the same way as they treat you over there where ever you live... And they'd prob treat me the same way even now...

    And I think this song rocks!
    Grovelingon July 04, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLook getting beat up, or harassed due to your skin color, is screwed up no matter what your skin color might be. Racism is racism, no matter what the configuration.

    The fact that some people on here are basically saying that certain forms of racism should be tolerated, because 'some people have it easier than others', is a pretty f**ked up argument when you think about it.

    Look: I'm not saying over all, that its not much easier to be white rather than black, because I'm sure it is. Then again, I'm sure its much easier to be President Obama, than an impoverishment white kid from Jersey too.

    My point is, is that ALL forms of racism should never be tolerated. The fact that some of you believe that the protagonist doesn't even have a right to express his emotions over being picked on, due to his race, is a form of racism in itself. Think about it.
    ChloeZer0on December 23, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHeh, I find it funny how people go around calling each other morons, when they can't even use the right word. It's YOU'RE, not YOUR, jackass.
    WickedFrigginHoton March 26, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI attended a forum in which Ian Mackaye was the keynote speaker and he said that he regretted being so specific in this song because [skinheads/racists] changed the meaning of this song to something that he didn't intend at all.
    BlackLungFeveron June 13, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah Slayer actually arent a skinhead metal band at all
    nazipunksfuckoffon June 23, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBeing a skinhead does not mean you are a racist; that's just an inaccurate generalization the media has been making since the skinhead movement started. They have been around longer than punk rock. It started in the late 60's/early 70's with British football fans who wanted to be involved in something other than the Mod movement that was going on at the time.
    MadWorldon June 03, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm sorry, but you are WAAAY off. He's talking about how racism of any kind is bad. It's about his experiences in a 70% black highschool, where he and his white friends often took abuse for things like slavery, segreegation, etc. when they clearly had nothing to do with any of those things. He's basically just trying to say that racism is racism, it doesn't matter who does it.
    shadowwiththeeyeson January 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's also about how he feels he shouldn't have to answer for crimes against the black race, that were commited by the white race, before he was born.
    quiffpornon February 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwell, i think this song is trying to point out how although most white people of this day and age never participated in the slave trade , they still get blamed for it. my family didnt even live in this country until the early 1900's. everyone is prejudice in their own way, but this is just pointing out how there is a reverse discrimination going on. now "all white people are evil because they must be racist against black people" so they are "guilty of being white"
    minorxxthreaton March 19, 2006   Link

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