By Haley Biermann
Punk rock band Anti-Flag has released a new song following the violence that broke out in Charlottesville, Va. The track is called “Racists” and is currently independent from a record company. It is the first new music from the band since their 2015 album American Spring.
The band released the following statement:
“We stand in solidarity with those fighting racism and fascism in the streets of Charlottesville and beyond. We believe it is time for the removal of all monuments to the confederacy and the racism for which they stand. We must put these symbols of white supremacy into places where the proper context can be provided for what they actually are; outdated, backwards, and antithetical to what we believe the values of humanity should be. It is past time to have real conversations on systemic racism and America’s history of it. There are museums memorializing the Holocaust all across Europe, while America continues to try to hide from its racist and murderous past and present.”
The new track targets both extreme, glaring racism as well as the more discreet but still hateful undertones that prejudice can take its form. Despite the serious content and message of the song, the music still maintains a catchy, punk edge.
Ant-Flag is on tour in Europe, but will return to the states for tour dates in the fall.
Take a listen to “Racists” below.