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The Ghost Inside part ways with bassist after past racist remark

June 6, 2020
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The Ghost Inside are parting ways with bassist Jim Riley after a situation with him calling their bus driver a racial slur was brought back to light by Bracewar drummer Rashod Jackson.

The band offer a statement addressing the fact they heard about the incident and never looked into it further when they should have.

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The band released their “What Do You Stand For?” shirt with all profits going to the National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People. Shortly after, Jackson commented bringing up the incident where Riley used a racial slur against their bus driver at the time. He also had a tweet from when the incident happened to show this was previously addressed too.

Terror guitarist Martin Stewart replied to the tweet and corroborated Jackson’s claim with additional details.

Riley made a thread on his Twitter account addressing his comments. Jackson and Stewart once again responded and explained why this wasn’t enough.

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Now, the band are parting ways with Riley as per their announcement made today (June 6). You can read their full statement below.

“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 locks 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 be just 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 systemic racism.”

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To show support through donations, connect with grassroots campaigns and obtain resources for allies, please refer to the links below.

Help the family of George Floyd here.
Fight for Breonna Taylor here.
Help the family of Ahmaud Arbery here.
To sign petitions for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and more, click here.
Donate to one or more community bail funds for protesters here.
Click here for more resources for protestors, including pro-bono lawyers.
Visit Movement For Black Lives for additional ways you can help the cause.
Click here to connect with leaders building grassroots campaigns.
Here are some anti-racism resources for allies who want to learn more.For other ways to donate, please head here.

Written by Joe Smith-Engelhardt