Rage Against The Machine Releases ‘Killing In Thy Name’ Mini-Documentary Film

By Andy Kahn Jan 18, 2021 7:33 am PST

Rage Against The Machine released a mini-documentary film, Killing In Thy Name, that focuses on the United States’ history of racial injustice. The 15-minute short was created in collaboration with the international artists’ collective The Ummah Chroma.

The film features author and activist Tim Wise teaching a group of young people a lesson about the history of race and the relationship of immigrants in the U.S. identifying themselves as “white.” The video features a number of quotes from activists and historians as well as images of abolitionists and other photos.

Part of an interview from several years ago with Rage Against The Machine vocalist Zack de la Rocha is shown in the mini-doc. In the clip, the frontman states:

Living in the States, you’re living in one of the most brutal societies in the history of the world. The country who inherited the genocide of the Native American people. A country which participated in slavery. Any society or any government or any system that is set up solely to profit a wealthy class while the majority of the people toil and suffer and sell their labor power, so long as that system’s only true motive is profit interest and not the maintenance and the betterment of the population, to meeting human needs, then that society should not stand. It should be challenged and questioned and overthrown.

Killing In Thy Name concludes with live footage of RATM performing their 1991 song, “Killing In The Name,” with overlayed quotes from guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk. Watch below:

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