From Get Out to the current presidential administration, the topic of race remains at the center of daily conversation. One social media platform that serves as an outlet to present specific or broad views on the subject is Twitter, where you can launch your thoughts into the web within 140 characters or less. Recently, a dialogue surrounding Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bundick’s view on race sparked a bit of discussion.
According to the “New Beat” artist, he states that we need to take a look at combating violence instead of racism because it “isn’t the issue.” Bundick then went on to share that bi-racial people “have a better view of the world,” and that they “never fit in with anyone.”
This isn’t Bundick’s first time sharing his views on the subject. In a 2013 interview with the Huffington Post, the artist briefly touched on the topic of race while discussing the population of people of color within the indie music scene.
“Once Toro Y Moi started getting noticed I wanted to push my songwriting skills further and stand out in the music scene. But I don’t really think that race is an issue when it comes to the indie scene anymore,” he said. “I notice at my shows that there’s a pretty diverse crowd, and I think the internet helps with that too. People are becoming more comfortable listening to indie rock and hip hop. It’s just a blend of culture now. More people are more un-phased by the issue of a musician’s race.”
After learning of Bundick’s comments, Twitter users unveiled their reactions.
toro y moi started the race war
— gel from tx (@ririsnipplering) March 6, 2017
didn’t need to see these Toro Y Moi comments after watching Get Out 😒
— m e l a i k a (@Laik_C) March 6, 2017
— morris (@pmorris) March 6, 2017
— Court Kim (@TheCourtKim) March 6, 2017
— UNOFFICIAL17LA (@UNOFFICIAL17LA) March 6, 2017
I’m still torn over Toro y Moi
— stretch lamborghini (@nickdiminico) March 6, 2017