TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2014|
Posted by: Rebecca Chodorkoff
Prompted by a disturbing report conducted and released by the Southern Poverty Law Center, iTunes has removed thirty bands from their roster who advocate white-supremacy and have openly racist agendas. The SPLC report identified fifty-four bands with music sold on iTunes containing hateful and aggressively racist messages (including Max Resist, Screwdriver, and the Bully Boys), prompting questions as to why these bands were provided a public forum to begin with, and how such dangerous oversights could persist unquestioned for so long.
In response to Apple's actions, Heidi Beirich (director of the SPLC Intelligence Project) said: "Apple is doing the right thing by preventing iTunes from being used as a recruitment tool for white supremacists. Amazon and other online retailers that continue to sell this music need to realize that they are providing a powerful platform for extremists to reach young people with messages that advocate hate and violence against African Americans, Jews, and others."
It is certainly notable that iTunes has acted to rectify their mistake, however the action would perhaps be more admirable if it were prompted simply by ethical intentions rather than by bad press. The failure of similar services like Spotify and Amazon to act swiftly and decisively points to questionable morals at best, and reckless negligence or toxic prejudice at worst.