Prophets of Rage’s Tom Morello: ‘The Nazis and the KKK Have Unhooded Themselves’
The violence that took place in Charlottesville over the weekend has many voicing their outrage, with Prophets of Rage members Tom Morello and Chuck D. among them. During a chat with Uproxx, the two musicians shared their thoughts on the racism prevalent in the actions that have taken place as well as the response by President Trump.
"We should be totally pissed off by what happened in Charlottesville and what our president is saying," Morello told Uproxx in the video above. "I mean, he is clearly on record who he's representing."
Chuck D added, "[Trump] knows damn well that there's a contingent out there that he inspired and made rise with all the rhetoric he was spinning in [his] campaign."
When asked if it was morally righteous to punch a Nazi in the face, Morello laughed, "Are you f--king kidding me?," before adding, "Resistance to injustice happened before Donald Trump, it'll happen during Donald Trump [and] it'll happen after Donald Trump. So, it's, like, can it get worse? Of course it can get worse. The Nazis and the KKK have unhooded themselves, because they've taken off the hoods in the Oval Office, so they feel more comfortable taking off the hoods on the streets."
Prophets of Rage have done their best to address injustice of all kinds with their music, and music is a powerful vessel to deliver a message, something that isn't lost on Chuck D. He comments, "It's very important that culture and music speaks its loudest as being a voice, because we can't rely on government. Things don't fix itself; you've gotta make it happen."
The band's self-titled debut full-length album is due Sept. 15 via Fantasy Records. Catch the group on tour here.
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