Brett Gurewitz, guitarist and composer of Bad Religion, is also the founder of the prolific record label Epitaph Records, known for launching several bands from the middle Punk and its subgenres, such as Post-Hardcore, Hardcore and Pop Punk.
In a new interview with Alt Press, the legend of the genre spoke about several issues related to racism. Initially, he was asked what advice he was giving to the bands on his label, and answered prudently:
I am not giving advice because I am not a Black person. But I’m listening to advice, and the advice I’ve been following is basically what the Black Lives Matter is recommending to allies, which is not to express your opinion if you’re a white company, or if you’re a white person, amplify Black voices and use the language of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement and direct people to resources for direct action and so on. The point is that it is not really enough not to be racist today. You need to be an anti-racist, and racism is not going to die until white people see it as a white problem that they need to solve rather than a Black problem that we need to empathize with. I think the way to fix this is to change the perspective.