I must be mistaken about racist cops and their attitudes toward people of color in the cities of this nation, because surely they would realize that blasting a song co-opted by bigots to people protesting because black lives matter is offensive. Or maybe I'm just idealistic.
“My brain couldn’t process,” he said. “They were playing this song at a protest for black lives—Mike Brown, Eric Garner. A song co-opted by conservative southern bigoted groups as a kind of rallying cry for Confederate and racist values.”
The controversial 40-year-old song is an ode to Alabama and a retort to Neil Young's "Southern Man," a song about racism in the south. It has also been the target of criticism over the years for what some interpret as support for former Alabama governor and segregationist George Wallace, which Skynyrd's singer Ronnie van Zant called a misinterpretation.
The cops who did this are under investigation. Is it really too much to expect them to earn their pay without stomping on the community they police?