Toro Y Moi‘s Chaz Bundick has apologised after a backlash to comments he made about race on Twitter.
The electronic musician, who released latest album ‘What For?’ in 2015, tweeted that “we’re all a lil racist”, arguing that “racism isn’t the issue, violence is”.
Bundick, who has a Filipino mother and an African-American father, reportedly continued to say that mixed race people have a “better view of the world” because they “never fit in with anyone.”
“Can’t we all just be racist together?” read another tweet.
Toro Y Moi tweets that 'we're all a lil racist'. Hmm. pic.twitter.com/iDTNA945Zj
— Karl Fletcher (@karlfletcher69) March 7, 2017
Bundick has since issued a lengthy statement of apology, admitting that his comments had “lacked the nuance that this complex issue deserves”.
“It was reckless for me to make a tongue-in-cheek comment about everyone being racist together,” he writes. “I realize now that racism is a form of violence, even if it’s not a physical act.”
He signed off: “I’m still learning. I am grateful for all of my fans. One thing that touring showed me is that music is truly universal and can connect people of different backgrounds together. I love you”.
Read Bundick’s full apology below: