Bassism Against Racism-Miguel Chen of Teenage Bottlerocket PRE-ORDERS
With everything going on, we at Kaos Merch fully support Black Lives Matter.
Since our bad ass boss babe is also a bad ass bass babe, we’ve decided to do a line of shirts called “Bassists Against Racists” These lines will feature our fellow bass comrades that support the fight against racial injustice. Our fourth line features Miguel Chen of Teenage Bottlerocket!!!
Why “Bassism against Racism” instead of “Bassists against Racists?” Well friends, I’m happy you asked. I try my best to live my ideals as a student of Yogic, Buddhist & Taoist philosophies. Part of this means seeing all beings as good on some level, even those who do monstrous, awful things. Do I hate racism? Abso-fucking-lutely. As a Mexican/Chinese immigrant I’ve experienced my fair share of it. Fuck racism. However, my practice requires me to make a distinction between an action & the person doing the action. I try to imagine hateful people as innocent children, born into this world with the same love in their hearts that I have. I believe that child still exists somewhere deep down in even the most hateful people. Is it idealistic? YES. But I want to see racists become anti-racists. If we could punch people in the face and make them suddenly not racists. well, we all know that doesn’t work. I don’t have all of the answers, but I do know this: it’s not any person I’m against, it’s the hatred in their heart. Thanks Gaby, Linh & Paul for having me, for doing such awesome work & for accommodating my unusual request to say “Bassism against Racism”