While the highly-anticipated Rage Against The Machine reunion tour was put on hold when the world needed it most, that hasn’t stopped the band from remaining part of the national conversation. On Friday, the political-rockers surprised fans with the release of Killing In Thy Name, a 15-minute mini-documentary that explores themes of race and racism in American society.
Killing In Thy Name was created by Rage Against The Machine in partnership with The Ummah Chroma, which directed the film. The Ummah Chroma is an international artists’ collective made up of five individuals—among them saxophonist Kamasi Washington—who have banded together in an effort to create stories and present ideas from worldviews not always included in mainstream culture.
Taken from the name of the band’s hit song “Killing In The Name”, the documentary explores similar themes of how systemic racism has taken up deep roots in the United States. Killing In Thy Name uses clips from lectures as well as archival footage of an interview with frontman Zack de la Rocha to provide a “fire escape from the fiction known as whiteness and a spring for discovery,” according to a statement shared at the beginning of the video.
Guitarist and activist Tom Morello is quoted toward the end of Killing In Thy Name as saying,
My mom [Mary 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 words she has always taught that racism must never be ignored and must always be confronted.
Watch the new Rage Against The Machine mini-documentary Killing In Thy Name.
Rage Against The Machine, The Ummah Chroma – Killing In Thy Name
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