Ex-The Ghost Inside Bassist Jim Riley On Past Racial Slur Usage: “I Have Fundamentally Changed The Way That I Think About Things Regarding Race Since Then”

As previously reported, The Ghost Inside bassist Jim Riley recently got fired from the band after Bracewar drummer Rashod Jackson called him out for using the n-word while referring to a tour bus driver a number of years ago. Now, Riley has addressed the situation further claiming that he has “fundamentally changed the way that [he] think[s] about things regarding race since then”

Riley said the following during a chat with Voodoo Witch Brocktor:

“I admittedly have been reckless with that word in the past, and I don’t mean to diminish it—I don’t want to try to downplay it, I’m doing my best to be here own it in every way that I can. Looking back today is a person that I think is dramatically different than the person I was in in 2013, or ’14 or 2015—even when I offered that first apology to Rashod, when we spoke on the phone.

He called me out on this in 2015. I reached out to him immediately, we spoke on the phone. I owned it that day. I said I have used this word before. And I apologized and he told me it wasn’t enough and that really shook me. I know people are gonna say that’s bullshit or whatever, but that incident changed my mindset. I have fundamentally changed the way that I think about things regarding race since then.”

He continued:

“…I have to do what I can to make amends for it. Some people will forgive and some people will never forgive me. And I’ve gotta own that. And I’ve gotta own all the consequences that come with that. The damage I’ve done to the reputation of the band can’t be undone.”

He also added the following about Jackson getting called out for using homophobic slurs:

“I don’t want to wade into the shit on social media, It’s so unproductive. Seeing Rashod get dragged through the mud for his shit makes me sick to my stomach.”

“…What I know from our mutual friends, he’s [Rashod Jackson] a great dude. I know he’s active in his community. His character and being called out by him is one of the reasons is why I took that so seriously. I know that he is a good person. And here I am, if I’m gonna ask for the ability grow, Rashod has to be granted that same ability to grow.

And I’m not a gay person—that’s not my fight to be in. But for anyone to say that Rashod can’t have an opinion about this because of what he has said in the past is totally invalid—that’s not how this shit works. He is a black man, he’s speaking out about injustice in the black community and that’s his right.”

He went on to discuss how he plans to move forward:

“I don’t get to demand forgiveness. I can offer an apology, I can try to change. I can try to grow. I can try to be an ally. But it’s not ever going to be enough for some people and I have to accept that and I gotta wear that and I gotta own it.”

Riley also commented on The Ghost Inside’s benefit shirt for the NAACP, which led to Jackson calling him out:

“I felt—and I was the driving force behind putting that shirt up—that in this moment our band, because of what we’ve been through—because of all this… because of our position in the world—that we were going to get a lot of media attention from a lot of places that other bands that we’re adjacent to don’t reach.

And that it was our obligation to take the message into those spaces. And that rather than put up a t-shirt that was gonna make us money the day before this record comes out, I made the point that we should participate in what’s going on and make a statement and put this shirt up, and try to raise a whole bunch of money to help what’s going on.

And I know that it looks like a PR move… All I can tell you is the band didn’t need help marketing, that’s not what it was about. The album was coming out and it was going to be well-received regardless.”

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[via The PRP]

Bracewar Drummer Rashod Jackson Issues New Statement Regarding Past Homophobic Slurs

As previously reported, The Ghost Inside bassist Jim Riley recently got fired from the band after Bracewar drummer Rashod Jackson called him out for using the n-word while referring to a tour bus driver a number of years ago. Now, Jackson has come under fire himself for using homophobic slurs on Twitter in the past. He has since issued a statement regarding the tweets, saying that they “are not a reflection of the person [he is] today”

Jackson said the following:

“While calling out racist behaviors of The Ghost Inside, the band and their fans brought up some homophobic statements I made years ago. The things I said in the past are not a reflection of the person I am today. I had to unlearn some of my behaviors when it came to the language I was using, and I am aware of how harmful these things are.

I was called out personally by friends at the time about that behavior. I was held accountable and changed my behavior as a result. Those aren’t things I’d say at this point in my life, especially with the knowledge I’ve gained over the years, the friends I’ve made, and the respect I have for people in the LGBTQ+ community. I’d also like to sincerely thank the people who called me in and helped me grow.

However, my past behavior does not invalidate how I feel about what The Ghost Inside and Jim Riley did, and it is clear that The Ghost Inside and their fans combed through my past tweets in an attempt to deflect from their racism. The situation is about a white person calling a black man the N word as if he was a slave in 2015.

Knowing that someone in the band had consistently used a racial slur, and was doing nothing about it, only to then decide it was appropriate to use the Black Lives Matter movement as a way to promote the release of their record, is tasteless and inappropriate especially in the current events. This issued should have been handled before the originally matter in 2015. They should extend a helping hand to the black community that has been destroyed recently.

Black people have been dealing with the issue of racism for over 400 years. No one should ever forget that, overlook that or excuse ANYONE for speaking in such a way. In my recent years, I’ve learned the need for intersectionality when it comes to the fight for liberation.

I’m striving everyday to be a better man. If my use of harmful language has ever affected you, then people know you can reach out to me and we can have a conversation about accountability. I do ask for some patience when it comes to a response, as this is a historic but also painful time for me and my community. Thank you.

–Rashod“

[via The PRP]

The Ghost Inside Part Ways With Bassist Jim Riley Over Past Racial Slur

The Ghost Inside have parted ways with bassist Jim Riley. This news comes after Bracewar drummer Rashod Jackson recently called out Riley for using a racial slur while referring to a bus driver a number of years ago.

The Ghost Inside issued the following statement:

“The Ghost Inside was born from a scene of forward thinking, understanding and progressiveness. Our music and message has always been one of hope and finding that light at the end of the tunnel. Racism and bigotry of any kind stifle that journey towards the light. It closes and lock doors that need to be broken open

We have decided to part ways with bassist Jim Riley. While we didn’t hear these words spoken directly from his mouth, we did hear mutterings of the incident. At the time we thought this to just be a rumor, but it offended and hurt a community. A community we are meant to bring together.

We should’ve spoken up back then but we didn’t, we should’ve dug deeper. We acknowledge that we were silent. We are self educating and growing and learning as individuals. We are here to say that we as a band fully condemn racism and support the black community in the fight against system racism.”

Bracewar’s Rashod Jackson Calls Out The Ghost Inside’s Jim Riley For Past Racial Slur

Bracewar drummer Rashod Jackson has blasted The Ghost Inside bassist Jim Riley for using a racial slur while referring to a tour bus driver a number of years ago. Jackson felt compelled to call out Riley after The Ghost Inside released a new shirt to raise money for the NAACP:

Terror guitarist Martin Stewart also chimed in:

Jackson continued:

Riley eventually apologized:

Jackson then responded:

Stewart has since commented again as well:

UPDATE: Stick To Your Guns frontman Jesse Barnett also commented before Riley issued his apology:

Jackson has also since been called out for using homophobic slurs:

Terror, Bitter End, Etc. Set For 2020 LDB Fest

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Buried Alive, Madball, Code Orange, Etc. Set For 2017 This Is Hardcore Festival

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Terror, Turnover, Etc. Added 2017 Sound And Fury Festival

More bands have been added to the 2017 Sound And Fury Festival, which is set to take place at The Regent Theater in Los Angeles, CA on June 9-10. Here’s the updated lineup: Angel Du$t, Bent Life, Big Bite, Bracewar, Bugg, Criminal Instinct, Dangers, Ecostrike, Firewalker, Forced Order, Free, Harley Flanagan, Harness, Incendiary, Krimewatch, Lock, Lower Species, Loyal To The Grave, More To Pride, Odd Man Out, Primal Rite, Profile, Take Offense, Terror, Torso, Trapped Under Ice, Turnover, Turnstile, Vein, Warfare, Warning, Westpoint, and Xibalba.

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