I think it’s absolute bullshit.
There are just three things I want to say about it now.
However, I plan to do a follow up post because some people (mostly one blog) have been popularizing bigotry in the community, largely through lazy low brow racist jokes. Before I start, I have to say; “lazy low-brow racist joke” is as fucking far from Goth as you can get. I will call Richard Simmons Gothic before someone who mongers that shit any fucking day.
First, there truly is a community here for you! It may not seem that way because the stupidest people are always the loudest (and, honestly, you’re often impacted more by something hurtful than something kind or innocuous.) If you haven’t already, please check out blacksheepgoths right now. My post will wait here for you, which is nice about blogging. [LIST OF MORE LINKS AT BOTTOM]
Secondly, the Goth counterculture has nothing to do with race. Or ethnicity, or where you were born, who you date, who you sleep with, if you sleep with anyone, how well you see, how often you floss, if you use plastic bags at the grocery store or bring your own, and a whole lot of other shit. It’s not the Klan, the Nation of Islam, the Boyscouts, etc. meaning it is not an organized institution founded with the explicit purpose of uniting people of the same race, religion, gender, etc. to murder those people’s perceived enemies, defend that people’s rights, or make many heterosexual knots with those people.
It’s not an institution, it’s not even organized. It’s more religiously diverse than any other counter culture I can think of, it stretches around the globe, and here’s the central thing IT WAS FOUNDED WITH THE INTENT TO CREATE AND ENJOY MUSIC. Sure, the fashion, literature, poetry, philosophy and humor are all essential parts of the scene, which all contribute to it’s essence, but the foundation is the music. This leads me to my last point for this post.
There wouldn’t be Gothic Rock without Black people. I wish I could just say, DON LETTS and the proverbial light would turn on for everyone* but there is much more work to be done, I SERIOUSLY CAN’T JUST SAY “PUNK” you guys; what were the biggest influences on Punk music?! Rock and Roll, Delta Blues, and Reggae!! (Glam of the Velvet underground variety, and Celtic folk I happily grant you!)
You know, I don’t actually look down on most people who can’t automatically list some important Black musicians for the Goth culture because it’s so often overlooked it would be unreasonable of me to do so. I don’t think it’s even out of hate or bias for 95% of people, we don’t know enough about our QUEER history for fuck’s sake (WHICH IS NEARLY ALL OF IT!!!).
Nope, I need to stop yelling.
Gothic music so esoteric to begin with, to get back into the best parts of the story doesn’t happen overnight, but for now let me at least link you this excellent article with the promise I’ll get off my damn soapbox and be more cool about this when I do my follow up.
(Do I need to make a whole other rant for Latinos, because they are such an enormous part of the scene now and also largely left out?)
*not “everyone” that’s patronizing many of you could school me I’m sure
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