Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello wants to raise awareness for the injustices towards black Americans.
What happened to Michael Brown was just so horrible.
Society still does not grasp the idea of equality.
A year has gone by so fast and it is the first anniversary of Michael Brown’s death. Rage Against the MachineÂ guitarist Tom Morello speaks up about this andÂ discusses racism and police brutality towards people. People are always going to be given labels no matter what. It’s what society does. Unless we begin to actively change ourselves now, this kind of mindset will still transfer on in the future.
Go throughÂ the article to read about injustices in the world today.
Morello spoke withÂ Rolling Stone on Friday,Â just before flying out to Missouri. He reflected on his own relationship with racial injustice and all that has happened in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting.
Police brutality existed long before Michael Brown’s death and has continued to be a major issue in the year since. What do you think made his shootingÂ such a turning point?
Yeah, there areÂ thousandsÂ of cases, countless cases of white police officers murdering unarmed black people and getting off scot-free. What happened in Ferguson was that the community reacted in a way that was newsworthy on a global scale. If there had been one prayer circle and everybody singing “Kumbaya,” that would’ve been completely swept under the rug. The outrage of there being no indictment really cast a global light on the kind of racism that is America’s original sin. The Michael Brown case was the first domino in the 21st Century that we’ve seen. I don’t need to remind you how; all you have to do is turn on the news every two to three days. Horrendous incidents. But now people have their cameras. If there had not been an uprising in Ferguson, there would not have been indictments in Baltimore. There’s a greater vigilance.
- A Filipino in Our Midst: Metallicaâ€™s Kirk Hammet
- Indie Band Declined McDonaldâ€™s Request to Play at SXSW for FREE
- Indie Band â€˜Texture & Lightâ€™ Starts Tour
Do you think that most people have forgotten about Michael Brown and what happened a year ago?
Not at all. Michael Brown was the first domino. Police murders of black people [are] as American as apple pie or baseball. What is also as American as apple pie or baseball is resistance to that injustice.
What should a person who does not have a platform like yours be doing in a continuous effort to resist?
Speaking out is key. As Martin Luther King famously said, “The hottest place in hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral conflict.” Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. To think that this does not apply to you because of the color of your skin or your political persuasion is absolute bullshit. Racism is America’s problem. Over the course of the last year since Michael Brown has been on the front page, what has been known by many of us for a long time has now been exposed on a global scale. There is an endemic problem of police violence against the African-American community that is wholly disproportionate and unjust. It needs to be addressed, and it needs to be confronted.
StreeXb would like to thank Rolling Stone for the article. Click hereÂ to access the article.