I normally don’t like to comment too much on “scene drama”, but I think that what I’m about to talk about is an attack on our scene in the form of slander, so I feel like I need to set the record straight, so to speak. It’s been brought to my attention that there are certain people in the scene, or maybe it’s just one person in particular, who doesn’t think that the Albuquerque Hardcore scene is diverse or inclusive enough. This person also is implying that there are “rape apologists” in the ABQ Hardcore scene.
From what I can see, and what I’ve been told by sources close to this person, they are not actually a part of the hardcore scene at all. Maybe they are aware that it exists, but they’re not actively coming out to shows or anything like that. I’ve been a part of this scene for a pretty long time. In fact, not to brag or toot my own horn or anything, but I can pretty safely say that I’ve been a pretty close witness to the birth and continued growth of the hardcore scene here in Albuquerque. And in my time, I’ve seen a lot of this type of “drama” over the years. There are always some people who don’t actually go to shows very often who like to run their mouths a lot about what they really know nothing about.
Our scene obviously isn’t perfect. No scene is perfect. It is always an uphill battle to ensure that hardcore/punk shows, and any music scene for that matter, is a safe space for minorities and the LGBTQ community. Just like with society at large, it is a daily struggle to make sure every voice is heard and every problem of inequality addressed. But I think that Albuquerque is a pretty inclusive and diverse place in general, and I’d like to think that our scene, especially the hardcore scene that we all love so much, is a reflection of that. Like I said, we’re not perfect. But we are definitely making strides towards having a safe space for everyone who wants to come to hardcore shows. I don’t wanna be the guy who says “I have black friends, therefore I’m not racist”. But I do personally know a lot of People of Color and trans/gay/queer people who go to hardcore shows and are welcomed with open arms. This person who started all this “drama” has called out “white CIS males”, saying that they need to be more inclusive and “acknowledge the lack of diversity” in the scene. Well, I for one think that you’re wrong. Our scene is pretty diverse, and it’s pretty inclusive to all people. Once again, for the millionth time, I want to point out that we’re not perfect. But I personally believe that we are becoming more and more diverse over time, and more and more inclusive over time.
As society at large becomes more accepting of marginalized people, so too will the hardcore scene. And to the person that started this whole mess, I invite you to come to more shows, and witness the diversity firsthand. And bring your friends. If you truly care about this scene, you will support it, instead of making passive-aggressive facebook posts and starting drama with select people in the scene. That’s pretty much all I have to say on this subject. If you agree or disagree, please feel free to sound off in the comment section. If you know of any racists or “rape apologists” in the scene, call them out. Call the cops. I know it’s not punk to call the cops, but if you’ve been raped or have been the victim of some kind of hate crime, that’s a matter for local law enforcement. Talking about it on facebook is cool, but these people deserve to be punished, in my humble opinion. Until next time, stay gold.