Anti-Flag is an American punk rock band straight out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The band is well known for political activism, focusing on anti-war activism, anti-imperialism, class struggle, human rights, and various sociopolitical sentiments. Anti-Flag is also known also for their advocacy of progressive political action groups such as Greenpeace and Amnesty International. Most recently, the band has declared solidarity with the global Occupy Together movement. The line-up includes Justin Sane (Singer/Guitarist), Pat Thetic (Drummer), who both founded the band and later members include Chris Head (Guitarist),and Chris Barker (Singer/Bassist).
So with that introduction into the world of Anti-Flag, it should come as no surprise they would have something to say on the recent events stemming from the terrible things that took place in Charlottesville, VA over this past weekend. The band released this 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put these symbols of white supremacy into places where the proper context can be provided for what they actually are; outdated, backwards, and antithetical to what we believe the values of humanity should be.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.” – Anti-Flag
And with out further ado, we present to you Anti-Flag‘s new song and lyric video for “Racists”: