Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has weighed in on the ‘Black Lives Matter’/’All Lives Matter’ debate in a new video message.
Many have been showing their support for black rights with the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag after the deaths of two black Americas, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, who were both shot dead by police last week.
All Lives Matter has become something of a counter response to the Black Lives Matter movement, with many seeing it as a controversial phrase. Jess Glynne faced a backlash last week after using the phrase on social media, while The Cult singer Ian Astbury also apologised for saying it at a live show.
Speaking in a Facebook video, Taylor said, “I just wanted to reach out and talk a little bit, especially seeing where we are in the world today between Dallas, Minnesota and everything in between,” Taylor said in the video. “It has been kind of crazy lately. And some of the voices that are out there are saying one thing, trying to pull us apart, splitting hairs and taking various unifying messages and ripping them to shreds beneath the minutiae of just pretentious ignorance.”
He continued, “To me, it’s very simple. We all matter. There’s a time and a place to talk about things like that. However, we are seeing that our black friends… You know, there’s a lot of violence going against them. So what we need to do, we need to do, is band together with them and say, yes, black lives do matter, because we all matter. And to fight for those black lives does not mean that you’re saying anything against anybody else. You can back up ‘black lives matter’ and say that cops’ lives matter; it’s all the same thing. And you can have those different ideas in the same thought, and there’s nothing wrong with that, because we do all matter.”
“The thing that I’ve realised is that if music can bring us all together and get us all to care about one another and tear down those colour lines, those personality lines, those lines that try to keep us different, if music can rip all of that down, then we can all band together and say, ‘Well, if music can bring us together, maybe life in itself is the best way to bring us all together and keep us there.’ So anytime you think and feel that maybe things are too much, you’re being made to feel like things are too different, things are too overwhelming, you feel like you’re not strong enough to stand up not only for yourself but for somebody else, just remember that music and life bring us all together. For a few seconds at a time, we don’t feel different; we feel the same. Now if we can hold on to that, if we can hold on to that, and really bring it together, then we can abolish all of this. We can bring this kind of violence to an end.”
Earlier this week, Corey Taylor made headlines after knocking a phone out of the hands of a distracted fan during a Slipknot gig.