After the ugly events that transpired in Charlottesville, Va, over the weekend, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has spoken out against the white supremacists who caused so much violence. “I feel like what happened in Charlottesville goes beyond the point of anger,” Armstrong writes. “It makes me sad and desperate. shocked. I f—king hate racism more than anything.”
In Charlottesville on Saturday (Aug. 12), two opposing groups took to the streets in response to the planned removal of a statue of Confederate Civil War general Robert E. Lee. The protests turned tragic after a car driven by an alleged white supremacist plowed into a group of people, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. One night earlier, things also got violent when white nationalists marched with torches toward the statue, clashing with protesters surrounding the monument. Tear gas and pepper spray was also used throughout the day.
The rise of these white supremacists along with the murder of Heather Heyer has spawned tremendous outrage nationwide, including the always outspoken Billie Joe Armstrong. On Aug. 13, Billie wrote:
“Omaha!! what a show! I love the heartland. nothing makes me feel more inspired than hearing an arena singing together.. so many thoughts today.. my heart feels heavy. I feel like what happened in charlottesville goes beyond the point of anger. it makes me sad and desperate. shocked. I f—king hate racism more than anything. music and social justice have always gone hand and hand with me. we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for “the time they are a changing” .. some people don’t agree. the spirit of green day has always been about rising above oppression. and sticking up for what you believe in and singing it at the top of your lungs. we grew up fearing nuclear holocaust because of the cold war. those days are feeling way too relevant these days. these issues are our ugly past.. and now it’s coming to haunt us. always resist these doomsday politicians. and in the words of our punk forefathers .. Nazi punks f—k off.”
Green Day have plenty of summer North American shows left, with Catfish and the Bottlemen providing support throughout the tour. Click here to see Green Day’s full touring schedule.