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The Ghost Inside bassist under fire for past racial slur

Friday, June 5, 2020 6:16 AM PT
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To coincide with the release of their new album amid the nation's ongoing racial unrest, yesterday The Ghost Inside issued a new 'What Do You Stand For?' t-shirt, with 100% of the profits destined for the NAACP.

Not long thereafter, Rashod Jackson, drummer of Virginia hardcore band Bracewar, took to Twitter to lambaste the The Ghost Inside for seemingly overlooking a previous racial slur allegedly used by "bitch ass bass player" Jim Riley:


Terror guitarist Martin Stewart subsequently chimed in, further validating Jackson's allegation (you may recall some previous animus between Terror and The Ghost Inside):


In the intervening hours, Jackson has pointedly called upon Riley to publicly address the matter:


Thus far, neither Riley nor The Ghost Inside have responded.


UPDATE #1: In response to those calling the timing of his accusation suspicous, Jackson posted a screenshot of a tweet to Riley from early 2015:



UPDATE #2: The Ghost Inside bassist Jim Riley has now issued the following statement:

"Rashod called me out in 2015. I called him, he put the screws to me. I deserved it, and I apologized to him. He told me that wasn't good enough and he was right. It's shameful and fucking embarrassing. I present myself as someone who gives a shit about progressive movements and ideas, and I was not living up to that.

"Because of that conversation I had to take a big fucking look in the mirror and recognize a lot of bullshit that I was selling myself. I made too many excuses for being brought up without exposure to the black experience, and I should have been better. I make a conscious effort to purge stuff about myself that still sucks when I find it, and to be mindful that I'm just a passenger on someone else's ship in any movement related to black lives.

"I'm sorry. I know that's not enough. I'm going to keep doing the work. That might still not be enough. I'm going to do it anyway."



UPDATE #3: Jackson himself has come under fire the past two days for his own past. He issued this statement today in response:







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