Animal Collective change old EP artwork over ‘racist stereotypes’

Band issues apology for 'a few things we felt important to address and correct'

Animal Collective will see almost the entirety of the band’s discography land on Bandcamp today, including a new EP titled Bridge to Quiet. On Thursday, the band shared an apology and a note about some changes to a pair of old albums, citing “racist stereotypes” in the artwork for 2006’s People EP a name change for the 2003 record Here Comes the Indian.

People‘s original artwork depicts a Black nanny with two white children. “There is no way to excuse using a ‘mammy’ on our artwork, and so we have decided to remove it,” the band said in a statement posted to Instagram. Here Comes the Indian will now be titled Ark. “With utmost respect to Indigenous people we feel that having the word Indian in our record title sends the wrong message by objectifying the American Indian people which is not what we were intending with the music,” the band said.

These changes are expected to be made in the coming days.

Animal Collective’s Bandcamp Day proceeds from today are going to Cultural Survival, the Equal Justice Initiative, the Okra ProjectSeeding Sovereignty, and Southerners on New Ground. They have also pledged to make a $10,000 donation to divide between the aforementioned causes.