Punk is for everyone, everyone involved in punk is important. Whether you’ve been around the scene for 20 years or you’re going to your first show. Every person is important. I’m sick of seeing this “cool” complex that develops within members of “cool” bands, and the way they treat other people in the scene. Making fun of people for being new to punk, not being “punk” enough, not looking the way then want them to look, being different, or bringing something new to the table… I could go on for so long. It’s interesting to see the power dynamics of people in punk bands because really, aren’t we all here to escape the mainstream culture and accept those around us who have been abused, mistreated, oppressed and ostracized? Because what’s happening is this counter culture is just becoming an offset of our society and functioning similarly. What should happen is we should be accepting, respectful, and encouraging of the people beside us. Being in a band doesn’t make you more important than the people coming out to your shows and supporting you. If anything, those people are more important. Punk wouldn’t exist without new people coming into the scene and supporting it. That’s why it’s so important to get new people into shows and to be inclusive towards people of color, trans people, queers, women, and everyone in between. White cis males have predominantly taken up the most space in punk, they don’t own it. It’s our job to include everyone else and make space for them. It wouldn’t be a safe place if we didn’t try. It wouldn’t be a counter culture if we didn’t try. Being inclusive isn’t an option, it’s mandatory.
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