(FreshAsFrankie) Efforts to expose white supremacists in the media and on social platforms over the past week or so have had a career ending implications for scores of Americans who live double lives in the shadows. Such was the case for attorney Aaron Davis, who was fired after executives at his firm came across a recently published news article that did a feature on a white supremacist record label he owns.
Davis had been covering patent cases at Patterson Thuente, which specializes in intellectual property law, by day, but on his spare time, he fronted the label, Behold Barbarity, which followers of neo-nazi themed death metal have gravitated to over the past several years. Minneapolis news weekly, City Pages, documented some of the label’s work in its article, citing bands that have been produced under the imprint, which the Southern Poverty Law Center listed as an “active hate group” in 2016.
“Take Deathkey, whose 2010 album is called Behead the Semite. Then there’s Aryanwulf, whose songs include ‘Kill the Jews’ and ‘At the Dawn of a New Aryan Empire’ … There’s also the Raunchous Brothers, whose rhyming poetics include such passages as ‘You’re of no use to me, you disgraceful f**king dike, so I’ll shove you in the oven like the glorious Third Reich,’” one passage from the story read.
As of Monday, August 21, Davis was no longer an employee of Patterson Thuente. According to a firm spokesperson, the attorney’s colleagues were unaware of his music business endeavors. “As a firm, we are in no way affiliated with any of Mr. Davis’ outside pursuits…we are committed to conducting our business ethically and with integrity. Hate, bigotry, and intolerance have no place in our society,” Patterson Thuente has released a statement saying.
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