A word about Facebook racists

You all know the kinds of people I am talking about. Lurking in the comment section so ready to try to argue that reverse racism is real and that it’s the confederate flag is “heritage”.

Let’s do a quick fact check, shall we?

  1. “The civil war was fought over states rights” Yeah, sure, a states rights to uphold slavery!
  2. “Slaves weren’t actually treated that badly” Ok actually what in the world is up with this. Did you ever for even a day step into a decent history class in the United States?¿ To be fair, it’s possible you haven’t considering how incredible our education system is. In case you haven’t been to a US history course, let me give you a run down. Slavery=HUGE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION. Slaves were not treated even a little bit well. They were not only completely excluded from society through the argument that they weren’t even human, but they were brutally physically assaulted on a regular basis as well as psychologically and mentally assaulted. The conditions of slavery were not livable. Not only that, but this system only ended after the CIVIL WAR and was the PRINCIPAL REASON the WAR WAS FOUGHT. Also, it wasn’t even totally ended, it just became transformed and embedded into the way, or SYSTEM, by which the government of this country operates as well as in the foundation of our society. This is called SYSTEMIC RACISM. Systemic racism occurs when a society and government is built on such a strict hierarchy of race that it heavily disadvantages those colors of people who are towards the darker (aka even the tiniest bit not white all) end of the hierarchy. This hierarchy descends from pale to dark.
  3. “Racism is over” THIS SYSTEMIC RACISM IS STILL IN PLACE. Police brutality, the wage gap (it’s race and gender based guys), the education system, the justice system, the last two combined in the school to prison pipeline, red lining, gerrymandering, voter suppression, all kinds of politics, employment, and literally our entire society and country are all examples of this racism. Read a book or an article please. Check statistics and sources and the sources of those sources. Find reliable information and educate yourself. It is your job to educate yourself and ensure that you have reliable info. I can’t even elaborate on this more right now smh.
  4. “Slave owners were Democrats”/”Republicans freed the slaves”/”The KKK was founded by Democrats” YOU DUMBASS THERE WAS A PLATFORM SWITCH WHAT EVEN?! The Republican and Democratic parties switched platforms in the early 1900s as the Democratic party began to advocate for more socially left ideals than the Republican party, though economic policies stayed relatively consistent. However, let’s have a conversation about liberal racism later. Cool.

There are so many other problematic and flat out racist things people say that are just factually incorrect and honestly make me want to slam my head through a wall. I could make a super long post about racism and slavery and how slavery IS STILL HAPPENING IN OTHER WAYS, but if I do that I would probably just slowly transform into a giant ball of rage and that’s just not productive for me because then I stop being able to use actual words and just start screaming.

However, brace yourselves for many, many more articles about race because somehow, people are still fucking stupid and racist.

Literally how is this still a problem guys, we, mostly read my fellow white people, need to do so so so much better. Educate yourselves and when an ACTUAL REAL LIVE BLACK PERSON (Gab) tells you to shut the fuck up, do it.

If you couldn’t tell this post is being fueled by one asshole specifically that Gab and I interatcted with on facebook. Gab should not have had to state their major in an attempt to be taken seriously by this dude and the whole thing made me rage shake so here you go. I mean seriously the dude tried to tell us that the FACTS we were quoting were opinions and that his racist gibberish about how slavery wasn’t that bad (dick shit also has confederate flag shit on his page) was just his opinion that he is entitled to. Apparently “they needed to be strong and healthy” so obviously they weren’t mistreated. It’s not like the abuse started when the slaves were children in order to get them to do the work, leading to the development of muscles and strength because otherwise you would die.

I mean guys, “Some don’t know this but the first slave owner in America was Black!!!! And another myth is that people went and kidnapped the Africans. No. They were sold by their own race of people to the americans” which obviously totally justifies slavery because black people sold other black people so white people, totally not responsible.

I’m being sarcastic, this dude was an idiot and these are direct quotes from him, Gab has screenshots.

Let me unpack that last quote. First, where are the sources for this information because I seriously doubt the accuracy of the first statement. Second, there are so many DIFFERENT CULTURES and DIFFERENT GROUPS of people with DIFFERENT LANGUAGES in Africa. Americans and other colonizing/imperialist white Europeans would go to the coast of Africa, threaten to kill everyone, and then force people to go kidnap other Africans under penalty of death or being themselves captured OR Africans would enslave members of other groups because they were racist against those other groups so, yes kind of the African people sold each other out. However, it was under penalty of death or also racist and the people doing the snatching would only ever take people from different groups so, for them, aka the reality of it, is that they did not sell out their own. They sold out people who were not at all tied to them because guess what, being the same color doesn’t mean you are the same. Like there is a difference between French and Italian, both groups of largely white people, there is also a difference between all of the countless groups of people in Africa, despite the fact that you racist assholes think all black people in Africa are the same and refer to Africa as a country, not a continent.

Seriously this dude tried to say he was “explaining the truth” but he was just straight up wrong.

Check my sources bitches, try to come at me because guess the fuck what,

FACTS ARE NOT SUBJECT TO YOUR STUPID ASS OPINIONS

SOURCES

“Civil War Facts.” Civil War Trust. Civil War Trust, n.d. Web. 29 May 2017. <https://www.civilwar.org/learn/articles/civil-war-facts&gt;.

Boston, Nicholas. “Historical Overview: Living Conditions.” PBS. Public Broadcasting Service, n.d. Web. 29 May 2017. <http://www.pbs.org/wnet/slavery/experience/living/history.html&gt;.

“What Is Systemic Racism?” Race Forward. N.p., 04 May 2016. Web. 29 May 2017. <https://www.raceforward.org/videos/systemic-racism&gt;.

Lovejoy, Paul E. “International Slave Trade: Causes and Consequences.” AAME :. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2017. <http://www.inmotionaame.org/texts/viewer.cfm;jsessionid=f830912981496079151111?bhcp=1&gt;.

Wolchover, Natalie. “Why Did the Democratic and Republican Parties Switch Platforms?”LiveScience. Purch, 24 Sept. 2012. Web. 30 May 2017. <http://www.livescience.com/34241-democratic-republican-parties-switch-platforms.html&gt;.

Gelman, Andrew. “The Twentieth-Century Reversal: How Did the Republican States Switch to Democrats and Vice Versa?” (n.d.): n. pag. Web. 29 May 2017. <http://www.stat.columbia.edu/~gelman/research/published/reversal2.pdf&gt;.

about the pronoun thing…

yeah, okay. i think one thing we can all agree on here is that “finding yourself” is actually confusing as fuck.

it’s been a long time coming, so far. i say “so far” because i’m literally still not sure about 80 percent of anything, but it’s a process. what i have figured out in my 18 years of life is largely what i’m not: i’m not an athlete, not a soundcloud rapper, not a true goth, not a lover of math, etc. and when it comes to my gender identity, i’ve realized i’m not a girl.

but gab…you dress so feminine? What do you mean?

exactly, key word being “dress.” and I’ll explain why this is important. In reality, gender doesn’t exactly work as the binary we have constructed it as. realistically, gender can be viewed more as a spectrum. or a wild ass plane. feminine does not always automatically mean “girl,” just as masculine doesn’t always mean “boy.” but because we see gender as a binary, two separate boxes, we do make those assumptions. however, not every person performs gender the same exact way.

and that partially is because it’s a social construct, meaning we, as a society, literally just made this shit up.

well what about sex?

as a social science student, you learn that there is a distinction between gender and sex. sex is what they put on your birth certificate depending on whats between your legs. sex is hormones and chromosomes. that’s honestly all it is. even then, sometimes sex isn’t even all that distinctive, like sometimes we forget intersex people exist.

y’all sex is a social construct..

and like, sex as distinctive from gender is even used to like, still invalidate trans people which is wild like IDK friends it’s all wild.

i’m a non-binary student being confused by academia.

this article is already going down the shithole lol.

when it comes down to it, this is my formal coming out to those of you who did not meet me at college, for those of you who did not meet me over the internet.

most of you have seen me go through many “phases” in my life.

you have seen me go into countless hot topics. for two or three years. then, i trashed my wrist bands and fingerless gloves for pretentious classic rock band tees. i cut off all my hair multiple times only to fry it. you’ve seen me look like robert smith’s black bastard child. maybe i was from a time machine from 1979. also, we don’t talk about when i fell for the lies of riot grrrl.

i got into activism in high school in a blur (thank god i fell into angela davis). but the weird shallow aesthetics was into previously (like riot grrrl stuff) that happen to tie into “feminism” and other aspects i thought were part of my identity, have nothing to do with who i am today. i am not an “edgy” 15 year-old. and even if i was, it is a right to grow and to exist! identifying outside of the binary is perfectly okay and valid. 

i am asking those of you who are reading this, to use the pronouns “they/them” when referring to me, instead of “she/her.” this means instead of saying “she is nice!” to say “they are nice!” also, this is still grammatically correct! so do not come at me with this bullshit as an excuse.

in addition to this, i also ask y’all to use more gender-neutral titles when referring to me as well! i always appreciate compliments but words like “queen” and “goddess” are words typically used to describe a girl, and that is not how identify. but i am comfortable with descriptors such as “pretty,” “beautiful,” and “gorgeous.” there are people in my life who i am okay with using certain descriptors or titles, but if i haven’t told you explicitly you could use them, then i request that you don’t use them.

when it comes to talking to non-binary people, or anyone, the best thing to do is ask! if you are not sure what pronouns they use, the best thing to do is ask! it’s really considerate and honestly you might feel awkward for asking but chances are they are going to feel more awkward if you assumed.

for me, i know people assume i am cis because i am cis-passing. but i still experience so much dysphoria when it comes to my body, especially when i know i am supposed to be expecting my period.

gender identity is a complex, annoying construct. all i know is that i’m a “they/them” bitch. be respectful! i do not have room for anything else in my life.

We love our local DIY metal/hardcore scene, but it doesn’t always love us.

First off, DIY metal and hardcore is a growing underground of incredibly talented metal and hardcore bands that host shows at various houses around their areas. The shows are entirely Do It Yourself (DIY) and are usually organized by the bands themselves or by local organizers through Facebook. At least in Boone, where we are both at Appalachian State University, organizers will find local and touring bands to come play and charge cheap door fees (usually $3-$7) so that each band, especially the touring bands who usually request a guaranteed payment, can get a little bit of money from the show.

Our experience with the Boone scene has been almost overwhelmingly positive! Boone has an incredibly tight scene where bands all know each other and consistently show up to support each other. Older bands support newer bands as they start playing more shows and gain attention. Many bands and their members, for example, the members of Trudge, one of the older bands in the area, are vocal about safety, respect, and diversity within the scene and acknowledge problems within society and metal in general as far as social advocacy and decency. The music tends to address both personal and political issues including family struggles, oppression, corruption, and substance abuse.

How I got here (Elena): If you had asked me a year ago if I thought I would be listening to metal or going to the kinds of shows I do as often as I do, I would have told you flat out no. This year though I started going to shows and bringing friends with me because I wanted to support my brother. My oldest brother James, known as Jeel, has been a lifelong lover of music and metal and is an incredibly gifted musician and one of the guitarists of Trudge. He is also in Etiolated, Darth Cannabis, and Plow. The first few shows I went to, I only went because Trudge was playing. However, as I went to more and more shows and became friends with more people in the scene, I started to love metal and listen to it independently. For me, shows are a cathartic experience and help me relieve tension and frustration. I am at shows to support my friends and their bands (Shout out to Basilica (Formerly Golgotha) and Anthony Council in Neglected) and to listen and move with the music. When a band is playing, listening to them is my #1 priority. As soon as music starts, I am no longer anxious about the other people around me, I am fully absorbed in the music and feeling it. I tend to be relatively mobile but I cannot currently participate in moshing due to a combination of social anxiety and recovery from spinal surgery. However, just because I can’t mosh, just because I can’t beat ass or do any of the things usually happening in the pit, doesn’t mean I don’t care or that I don’t want to. I am here to listen to music that I love, to support my friends, and for catharsis.

How I got here (Gab): Before this past August when I started school at Appalachian, I had never been anywhere near Boone let alone any of its local music scenes. Regardless, after a while, acquaintances I had made would make mention or have very brief discussions of the hardcore and metal scene. Because I was so socially anxious at the beginning of freshman year, I never sought out going to any house shows or events in the community, partially because I did not have a group to show me the ropes. It all became sort of an urban legend to me. To be honest, it didn’t really bother me simply because I felt I “outgrew” hardcore, and metal was a genre that, in the past, I had vehemently assured people I did not enjoy. However, second semester I started floating through friend groups and ended up at a show at a house deemed the Post Office. The show wasn’t hardcore, but that was where I really first ran into Elena, who was there with several of our other friends Lauren, Abbey, and Alex (before they were my friends too). Most of us were very…lit. I went in the “pit” with our friends Alex and Abbey, and ever since then I have been to several shows with them all. The first metal show I went to with them was at Westview, a house inhabited by the members of Trudge. My brain hurt at how much I enjoyed the music. I just got lost in it. I realized screaming and swinging arms were not triggers of anxiety, but could sources of release. Ever since January, I have realized that I fucking love this scene and the people I have met through it.

SO, though we both love our scene and are in constant awe of the incredible talent we are surrounded by, we have a few problems we would like to address:

1. This is a space that is not always accessible for femmes, meaning the space is predominantly dominated by men and masculinity with an emphasis on masculine toughness and aggressiveness.

For example, on more than one occasion, both of us have had men push us from where we are standing or move directly in front of us without even reasonable consideration for personal space. I, Elena, have been forced to stand in puddles of beer for entire sets because some white man decided that his space was more important than mine. Also, we have observed that, when cutting through the crowd by the door, men will intentionally choose a path that displaces women over a path that displaces other men. We are both huge lovers of music, especially metal, and especially Boone metal. We both are at shows to participate and have attended shows almost weekly for the past four months, Elena for the past 8. We have as much of a right to stand toward the front of the non-pit (wall) as anyone else. We are not outsiders. Just because we are femme and we might not look like who you would expect to see at a show does not mean that we don’t belong. Masculine space is not more important than femme space. Masculine space is not more important than femme space. MASCULINE SPACE IS NOT MORE IMPORTANT THAN FEMME SPACE.

2. In addition to being a primarily masculine space, metal generally tends to be a white space, and this scene is no exception.

(Gab) Living in white-ass Appalachia, I am very used to being one of few, if not the only, people of color in public spaces. Also, as someone who has been into various “alternative” music genres for several years, I very quickly came to understand that a lot of the music I liked was considered “white.” Being a black person in these scenes, I have gotten used to the occasional look or two from people. Again, I am used to being the one splotch of color in a sea of blank paper. I have accepted that I do not “blend in” simply because of my race. Unfortunately, sometimes my experiences go beyond just not “blending in.”

Recently, I went to a house show and the line-up, of course, was sick as fuck. I was excited as always and Elena was also excited (as always) because Trudge was playing along with some of our friends in other bands. There would also be guest bands who weren’t from the Boone scene, including some people from different scenes nearby. Now, if you’re not familiar with these types of things, different scenes have different etiquettes and different styles of getting down and dirty. Most of the shows I have been to in Boone exhibit typical hardcore dancing and, mainly, push pits. Elena and I, along with our other femme friends, feel super comfortable at these shows, enough to participate and chill at the wall of the pit. Within Boone, there is some diversity between the houses as far as the bands that play and the crowds they attract. This last show we went to had a lot of people from outside scenes, a different crowd than normal. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this. I have only been around this shit for like 4 months, so I am by no means an expert on anything. However, since I have been consistently and frequently coming to shows, I feel like I am not necessarily a stranger anymore. Despite this, at this show, I felt unwelcome, ironically because of people who are not native to Boone.

I am not shitting you when I tell you that the same small group of people kept fucking LOOKING at me. Like, I get it, it’s Boone. Yes, I am black. I don’t think it takes too long to establish this. I came blacker than usual, rocking the fuck outta my Reeboks and twist-out. I know, I do not look like the typical hardcore femme who is pasty as fuck with dark ass makeup and Expire merch. But I came here for the same reason most of y’all fuckers did: the music. That’s all that should matter, right? WELP, apparently not to these people who were making me feel like more of an outsider than they were.

I’ll start off by talking about the nice girl I met at this show who was part of this group. Honestly, I didn’t have a problem with her at all. She was super nice and, not gonna lie, at first I thought she was flirting with me. However, it turns out that she talked to me partially because she seemed to assume I didn’t know what the fuck I was doing. Now, I don’t blame her because I always look like a deer in headlights. However, she kept suggesting I move away from the wall and further explained how the pit worked. This was not my first rodeo. This particular crowd and pit was rowdier and definitely more rough, but I didn’t have a problem with it. At least until it continued and the others continued to stare at me.

At one point in-between bands, I went outside to unwind a little bit. As I was walking by, I overheard one of the members of this outside group talking about what was presumably the hardcore scene in general. The exact words I heard, and I quote, were:

“…All of these people are coming into the scene and ruining it”

     My black ass immediately went into defense mode.

Now, if you know Elena and me, and our friends, then you know we ALL do not match the hardcore archetype. I had a feeling that this elitist dude was definitely talking about us. Firstly, this guy kept staring at us, particularly me. Like, every two seconds it felt like. My friends and I made up part of the wall, as we try to do. We know what comes with it, in Boone at least. Maybe some minor contact, but not much. But THIS dude. THIS dude literally comes for us more than a few times. I think I accidentally scratched the shit out of him at one point because he would not back off me.

It was like a message to me that was either testy or explicitly saying that I did not belong there. And that, of course, feels really shitty. It feels really fucking shitty as a femme of color to have your worst fears possibly confirmed. The fear of automatically being written off in a community that I have grown quite fond of. I never talked to the guy, but I didn’t need to in order to know that I was being alienated. In fact, it was actually confirmed three times. Three different people, who weren’t part of the scene or any band performing, decided to further alienate not just me, but others they felt were not “in.” They took the mic and decided to let everyone know that there would be no consideration for the safety of others and that you just had to fucking deal with it.

Amazing. My black ass, though on defense mode, does not feel the need to prove anything to these people. I am not about to be kicked in the face by some 250 lb cis white guy who is trying to let us know that he’s hardcore and angry as fuck JUST to prove that I have a right to even be there to enjoy the fucking music. And that’s the thing. That show and that crowd made me realize that sometimes, the music and even the fucking safety of others is not valued. It turns into a dick-slinging contest. I’m just not with that shit. That’s not what I’ve gathered Boone to be. As for the real outsiders not respecting the space, they can stare at my twist-out and my Reeboks and FUCKING DEAL WITH IT because my BLACK ASS is not going anywhere. (:

3. An explanation of moshing, but mostly our opinion on crowd killing.

Let’s start with an explanation of the most common forms of moshing we tend to see at local shows. The least aggressive and most common is hardcore dancing, which includes things like the two-step and generally does not involve people having physical contact with people who are not hardcore dancing. Then there are pushpits, my (Elena’s) favorite kind of pit. Pushpits happen when the wall forms a circle or a U shape around the pit and people in the pit generally just aggressively frolick around and push and roll off of each other and the people in the first layer of the wall. The wall’s job is basically to push people back into the pit and, when a part of the first layer of the wall, it is understood that you will have contact with the people in the pit and that it may be kind of rough, but you have signed on for that. It is possible to get hurt doing this, but only if you’re a dumbass.

Recently, and by this I (Elena) mean at the show that Gab talked about in the last section, people have started doing something called crowd killing. Side note: a few months ago, I actually went to a show at one of the home venues for the small group of people Gab talked about. Anyways, crowd killing is basically when the people in the pit start more aggressively hardcore dancing, landing punches, hits, and kicks on people not just in the pit, but in the crowd. The result is lots and lots of bruises typically, but occasionally we have seen and heard of people losing or chipping teeth, getting concussions, and ending up with other injuries. Crowd killing and that level of aggression in hardcore dancing would be 100% A-ok, fine and dandy if the people doing it only hit the other people in the pit and their friends who are in the wall. If you are friends with that person, you signed up, you signed the waiver, good luck. HOWEVER, if you do not know the person you are hitting and that person is not in the pit and hasn’t been in the pit all night, don’t FUCKING hit them.

Crowd killing is not a form of moshing that is common in Boone. The older bands and people in the scene have always seemed to have a respect for the physical space of others and we have never felt unsafe due to the moshing at shows before. We have even seen people kicked out for overly aggressive behavior, such as landing actual hits. There is a visible difference in the styles of dancing and moshing that the people closer to the Boone scene tend to practice and the style of the people who have started coming from other scenes. When you are visiting a venue that is not one of your local venues, it should be common sense to adhere to whatever mosh etiquette the scene you are visiting uses and, if you don’t like it, shut the fuck up about it. This is why I (Elena) didn’t complain or talk shit about the moshing I saw at the only non-Boone DIY venue I’ve been to outside of my friends until AFTER I left the show and only to say “Wow, that was rougher than I am used to and I don’t know that I like that”. When you are visiting a local scene that is not yours, please respect the space.

Personal note from Elena: I have had many discussions with the people I know who are even more deeply tied to the scene than I am and have found that there are varying opinions on crowd killing. So, to the people I have had conversations/arguments with about it who disagree with me, I understand. I know I am new here and can’t talk trash about things I don’t know about, but let me explain my personal stance on crowd killing: I am here for the music which I feel by moving around looking like a piece of seaweed in the ocean or something and by low-key headbanging. While I understand and gladly accept that I will get roughed around and I will probably field a few hits, I am not here to get bruises from people I don’t even know when I’m standing in the second or third layer of the wall. I would love to push pit mosh and get in there, but I have some physical health issues that prevent me from doing that. I had spinal surgery almost 4 years ago now but have had complications with the tech literally holding my spine and pelvis together in the last year. Because of that, I have limited mobility and strength that I am building and am getting a lot healthier, but I just can’t currently risk getting hurt in the pit. Having said this, I don’t feel like it’s unreasonable that I don’t want to get hit and that I ask people to mind the space they are using just enough so that I, standing behind a row of people already, don’t end up with bruises on my head, arms, and legs like I did last show. If you want to crowd kill and beat the crap out of your friends and people you know or people in the pit who, by being in the pit signed up for it, go for it. Have a blast and I won’t say a single word. But seriously, don’t hit random people you don’t know because YOU DO NOT KNOW THEM OR THEIR BODIES and people should not be excluded from a music scene because they are worried about their bodily health and safety.

Another side note: At the show we keep talking about, my friend who visited from out of town was directly targeted and punched twice in the face by the same person. The punches were directed at his eyes even though he has glasses. His glasses were knocked off both times and he ended up needing new ones. It was his first show and I watched the person look at him, wind up, and punch him. WTF guys.

If crowd killing does become a part of the Boone scene, we ask that people please consider the fact that though, yes, coming to a show means you signed up for some amount of rough physical contact, that people do not make it so that those of us who don’t want to be punched in the face and stand a row or two back from the front line of the wall don’t get punched in the face.

4. If you want people to ever come to shows or bands to gain popularity, don’t be an elitist prick.

Once again, let’s bring it back to the mother fucker we quoted earlier. He is the epitome of the elitism we are talking about, and it comes back to the issue of automatically viewing people as “outsiders.” So, what does it really mean to be an “outsider?” Well, for people like baldie, it could mean many things, including things we have already discussed. You must look and act the part. But here’s the problem: there is no Hardcore Bible that explicitly states what these requirements are. We do NOT have to prove to you that we can be at a show. We do not have to be your manic-pixie-dream-girl wet-dream to enjoy the damn music. It seems that the elitist, purist attitudes especially affect women/femmes in the scene. So much so that a lot of women/femmes internalize these attitudes and in turn police and put down other women/femmes. Elena and I have had many interactions with girls who not only brush off unsafe and hypermasculine behaviors but also defend them, despite the fact that they are perpetuating a type of environment that also excludes them inherently. Women/femmes in the scene have to work twice as hard and put up with twice as much shit to be taken seriously at shows. We have seen a girl get injured because some guy twice her size did not feel responsible for his own limbs flying through the air. The girl, who is pretty damn tough, shook it off, but imagine what shit would’ve been talked if she expressed any pain beyond what she did? Imagine if she cried? Her musical taste, knowledge, and interest would be invalidated. In fact, to an extent, she felt responsible for the weight of the situation and even apologized for reacting.

At the end of the day, the hardcore and metal scene in Boone is a music scene. Music should be the focus and priority at shows, not displays of aggression and toxic masculinity. People who are there for the music should not be made to feel like outsiders because they do not fit your standard for what they should look like. Things like crowd killing take the focus from the music and put the focus on whatever is happening in the pit, which should just be a reaction to the music. If you want to crowd kill, like we said earlier, go for it, but don’t just hit people you don’t know. You are, in fact, responsible for where your fists, feet, and body go as well as the energy you bring to the space. If that energy is elitist and exclusionary, especially towards femmes, POC (read black people), queer people, or any other marginalized groups, politely fuck off. This scene is supposed to be a scene of inclusion and acceptance. It is supposed to be a safe space for catharsis and music. Do not make assumptions about people and do not treat people as if they do not belong or are not allowed to be in the space. We are there for the music just like you should be, don’t assume otherwise. We know, the pit is the pit, and you’re probably bound the get fucking hit. But that’s not the whole issue. You are not entitled to this space any more than we are.

We love the Boone scene to death and absolutely love the friends we have made and are in awe of the talent we are surrounded by constantly. This is not a hateful jab at hardcore culture or a call to “end pits” or some whack shit. It is simply to address some things that are wonky. We do not want to stop coming to shows because we no longer feel welcome.