Don't disparage black metal scene

I was pretty disgusted to read the "Prince George white supremacists gaining momentum" article online this Friday, basically because of David Gallant's comment that the city's black metal scene is a hidden agenda for racism.

I'm not a fan of this music, but I'm very close with people that host a venue in our city in which many of these bands play at. They are not racist, nor are the fans, or even the musical acts, some of which that travel here from as far as the UK and the United States. It's certainly not an open venue for hate of any kind.

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It is an opportunity to bring different performers and genres into the city, as well as provide a positive place for people to go and enjoy alternative styles of music that don't necessarily make it to the mainstream.

To say that black metal in Prince George is a veil for racist motives is so closed-minded and maybe your writer should actually visit a show and check the facts before thinking one man's word is the whole truth to a movement of creativity.

The bands, promoters and venues work very hard to provide people in this city with a positive and fun experience. They don't need this one-sided statement result in having people who have never experienced this scene with an equally one sided opinion of what they think "might" be going on.

Any situation/experience is what you take away from it and it's sad if some people attend because of a slight chance it may have racist potential.

I've seen it firsthand and for a majority of the people attending these shows its an opportunity to cut loose, have fun and enjoy bands they love.

Leah Coghlan

Prince George

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