Fall Out Boy donate $100,000 to Black Lives Matter

“When you discover rot deep within your house you don’t just paint over it. You dismantle it and rebuild a better house.”

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Fall Out Boy have joined the many bands supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, making a contribution of $100,000 donation to the cause.

Writing on Twitter yesterday (8 June) the band said in a statement: “When you discover rot deep within your house you don’t just paint over it. You dismantle it and rebuild a better house. We support the black community in the struggle against racial inequality, injustice, and police brutality by committing $100,000 from the Fall Out Boy Fund this summer. We realize this is a marathon, not a sprint and plan to continue and expand our support.”

The band joins others such as Fontaines D.C., Beartooth and Thao And The Get Down Stay Down who are donating to racial justice causes.

Relatedly, online music storefront Bandcamp recently announced that on 19 June the site’s revenue will be donated to the NAACP’s Legal Defence Fund, dedicated to enacting racial justice and change through litigation, advocacy, and public education.

Writing in a blog post, Bandcamp said: “The recent killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Sean Reed, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the ongoing state-sanctioned violence against black people in the US and around the world are horrific tragedies. We stand with those rightfully demanding justice, equality, and change, and people of colour everywhere who live with racism every single day, including many of our fellow employees and artists and fans in the Bandcamp community.”

In its latest revenue-waiving Friday, it also posted a list of bands and labels forwarding their revenue on to charitable causes, many of which were racial justice organisations.

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