"Writing songs that have something to say about what's going unsociably and politically isn't a choice for us. It's an obligation. I want to use music as a weapon and start spraying fools."- Tim Commerford
My momTom Morello
is a white woman with a radical voice. For three decades she was a progressive teacher in a conservative high school inspiring students to challenge the system - in her actions and in her words she has walls taught that racism must never be ignored and must always be confronted.
The music wouldn't exist without the politics. When we are playing a show, if something clicks for any one kid in the audience - starting that change, that process of thinking fo themselves - that's the most potent time Rage Against the Machine can have as a band.Brad Wilk
Somewhere between a mini-documentary and a reimagined, dramatically expanded music video, Rage Against the Machine teamed up with the collective of The Ummah Chroma to unveil, Killing In Thy Name.
Set to band's multi-generational protest anthem, "Killing In the Name," the brilliantly helmed visual begins by establishing a motive in compiling such a provocative watch. "The following is a document of true events. Our aim is for this piece to be a fire escape from the fiction known as whiteness and a spring for discovery. Remember, the children are always watching."
The film follows a teacher as he addresses the social constructs of supremacy and whiteness and the inherent oppression that spurned such division with regards to skin color.
Explaining the dynamic of socio-econom ic stratification as it pertains to ethnicity, the teacher also underscores the generational indoctrination of this country that focuses on figures that have nurtured the status quo as patriots and forefathers, but never those that served as a voice of dissent - specifically names like John Fee, Moncure Conway, Helen Hunt Jackson, Angelina and Sarah Grimke.
The film serves as an important jumpstart to a much more honest and informed conversation about the systemic inequalities that exist, how they came to be, and why they continue to permeate in American culture.
To say the film is a compelling watch is a epic understatement.