Saturday, January 30, 2016

All Shall Perish: "Phil Anselmo's actions are a stain on the legacy of Pantera"

All Shall Perish have called out Phil Anselmo for the "white power" gesture at Dimebash event.

The band said in a statement: "We consider Pantera to be the single greatest metal band of all time, but we should never be afraid to call out our heroes. Seeing Phil's actions and his cowardly justification is not only disgusting and inexcusable but antithetical to the punk, metal, underground ethos to which we subscribe. No gods, No masters, and certainly no master race. Any justifications or cries of 'reverse racism,' BET, double standards, PC police, or general white whining are just profoundly ignorant of history, systemic effects, and the lasting impact of state sponsored racism, Jim Crow, segregation and slavery. Talk with your black friends, if you have any, and try to gain some perspective. There has never, nor will ever, be a true incarnation of 'reverse racism' until white people are swinging from trees en mass, sold into torture, defined in the constitution as three-fifths a person, denied from public institutions and forcibly segregated from society. In the face of what an actual tit-for-tat reprisal would look like, affirmative action and understanding the significance and context of displaying black pride seem the least the multi-generational benefactors of being the master race can muster. Racism and its institutions are a stain on American culture; likewise, Phil's actions are a stain on the legacy of Pantera, Dime's memory and the metal community as a whole."

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