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Bracewar Drummer Accuses The Ghost Inside’s Jim Riley Of Past Racial Slur, Riley Apologizes (Updated)


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Update #2: June 05th, 2020 03:19 PM:

Bracewar‘s Rashod Jackson has since revealed that he doesn’t accept Riley‘s apology, he took to Twitter to offer the following:

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Terror guitarist Martin Stewart also once again shared his thoughts on the matter to another Twitter user defending Riley:

Update: June 05th, 2020 02:19 PM:

The Ghost Inside bassist Jim Riley has issued a statement in regards to his past usage of a racial slur. The situation in question appears to have taken place around 2015. Speaking via his Twitter today, June 05th, Riley offered:

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. Its 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.”

Meanwhile, Stick To Your Guns frontman Jesse Barnett addressed the matter prior to Riley‘s apology via Twitter as well:

“For anyone wanting to know, @RashodJackson is my fucking brother. He has always championed me and ALL of my music. When push came to shove I didn’t back him in the way that I should have. He was on tour with us when he first called out Jim and TGI. This was in 2015. Since then, I remained silent and even continually contributed to TGI. There was always pressure on STYG to not stir the pot for all sorts of reasons but that is no excuse. Fuck everyone who let him get away with it, especially STYG.

This fucking bullshit has to stop. A lot of us have piped up in ways we never have before and I love it but I promise you this, once things start to calm we better not let up. There’s no going back now. We defend our people. We defend our communities. No matter what. Go read
@georgeschmitz comments on this as he is much more articulate and inspiring.”

Original Story:

The Ghost Inside bassist Jim Riley has been accused of uttering a racial slur a number of years back by Bracewar drummer Rashod Jackson. Jackson publicly accused Riley after The Ghost Inside launched a new shirt earlier today, June 04th, benefiting the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Jackson took to Twitter to level the accusation as follows:

Terror guitarist Martin Stewart was apparently witness to the repercussions for Riley‘s alleged actions, replying directly to Jackson‘s tweet:

Jackson later confronted Riley directly on Twitter as follows, though as of press time Riley has yet to respond:

As for The Ghost Inside‘s NAACP benefit shirt, the band stated of that earlier today:

Notably Terror and The Ghost Inside publicly feuded back around 2012 before eventually burying the hatchet in 2014.

This troubling accusation arrives just as The Ghost Inside release their self-titled new album, which is their first since their November 2015 bus accident. That crash left much of the band with serious life-changing injuries and claimed the lives of both drivers.

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