THE GHOST INSIDE has parted ways with Jim Riley after the bassist was accused of making racist slurs.
The Los Angeles-based rockers announced Riley's exit from the band group in a social media post earlier today. They wrote: "THE GHOST INSIDE was born from a scene of forward thinking, understanding and progressiveness. Our music and message has always been one of hope and finding that light at the end of the tunnel. Racism and bigotry of any kind stifle that journey the light. It closes and locks doors that need to be broken open.
"We have decided to part ways with bassist Jim Riley. While we didn't hear these words spoken directly from his mouth, we did hear mutterings of the incident. At the time we thought this to be just a rumor, but it offended and hurt a community. A community we are meant to bring together.
"We should've spoken up back then and we didn't, we should've dug deeper. We acknowledge that we were silent. We are self educating and growing and learning as individuals. We are here to say that we as a band fully condemn racism and support the black community in the fight against systemic racism."
The allegation that Riley used a racial slur toward a bus driver five years ago was first brought to light by BRACEWAR drummer Rashod Jackson. In response, Riley claimed that he apologized for the remark he made back in 2015 and vowed to "keep doing the work."
In a series of tweets, Jim wrote: "Rashod called me out in 2015. I called him, he put the screws to me. I deserved it, and I apologized to him. He told me that wasn't good enough and he was right. Its shameful and fucking embarrassing. I present myself as someone who gives a shit about progressive movements and ideas, and I was not living up to that.
"Because of that conversation I had to take a big fucking look in the mirror and recognize a lot of bullshit that I was selling myself. I made too many excuses for being brought up without exposure to the black experience, and I should have been better. I make a conscious effort to purge stuff about myself that still sucks when I find it, and to be mindful that I'm just a passenger on someone else's ship in any movement related to black lives.
"I'm sorry. I know that's not enough. I'm going to keep doing the work. That might still not be enough. I'm going to do it anyway."
THE GHOST INSIDE's first album in nearly six years, simply titled "The Ghost Inside", came out on Friday (June 5) via Epitaph.