Rage Against the Machine: “Repression of Migrants and Refugees is a Bipartisan Cause”

Rage Against the Machine have posted a statement about current U.S. immigration policy, referencing the ongoing crisis at the border with Mexico and focusing on the recent influx of asylum-seekers from Haiti.

Painting recent U.S. border policy as a continuation of a long legacy of inhumane behavior, the band said “the U.S. is a nation built on white supremacy, anti-Black racism and Indigenous genocide.”

The full statement, posted yesterday (September 24), reads:

“The racist attacks on Haitian asylum seekers on the US-Mexico border are devastating and cruel. But it’s sadly only the latest chapter in a long history of violent detention and deportation by the United States. Repression of migrants and refugees is a bipartisan cause. Both Democrats and Republicans have continued to wage wars and implement sanctions and destructive economic policies that have been the direct cause of migration and those seeking asylum throughout the world.

“Haiti may be the clearest example of this: a country that gained its independence and established a Black republic in 1804, has since had to pay reparations to slave owners and been the victim of centuries of European and U.S intervention up until today. The US-Mexico border is one of the most militarized borders in the world, and the racial and moral panic that it creates shows once again that the US is a nation built on white supremacy, anti-Black racism and Indigenous genocide.

“There are over 600,000 undocumented migrants in the US from Canada and other white-majority countries. But they’re not hunted down, targeted and subjected to the same type of moral and racial panic – why is that?”

On behalf of everyone at MetalSucks, we wholeheartedly agree.

Rage Against the Machine’s highly anticipated reunion tour, originally scheduled for summer 2020 and twice rescheduled, is now set for 2022. Dates:

3/31 El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center [tickets]
4/2 Las Cruces, NM @ Pan American Center [tickets]
4/4 Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena [tickets]
4/6 Glendale, AZ @ Gila River Arena [tickets]
4/26 Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena [tickets]
4/28 Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena [tickets]
4/30 Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome [tickets]
5/2 Portland, OR @ Moda Center [tickets]
5/5 Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum at the PNE [tickets]
5/7 Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place [tickets]
5/9 Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome [tickets]
5/11 Winnipeg, MB @ Bell MTS Place [tickets]
5/13 Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center [tickets]
5/15 Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center [tickets]
5/16 Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center [tickets]
5/18 Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center [tickets]
5/20 St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center [tickets]
5/22 Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena [tickets]
5/23 Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena [tickets]
6/9 East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre [tickets]
7/11 Chicago, IL @ United Center [tickets]
7/12 Chicago, IL @ United Center [tickets]
7/15 Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest [tickets]
7/16 Quebec City, QC @ Festival d’ete de Quebec [tickets]
7/19 Hamilton, ON @ FirstOntario Centre [tickets]
7/21 Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena [tickets]
7/23 Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena [tickets]
7/25 Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center [tickets]
7/27 Cleveland, OH @ Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse [tickets]
7/29 Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena [tickets]
7/31 Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena [tickets]
8/2 Washington DC @ Capital One Arena [tickets]
8/3 Washington DC @ Capital One Arena [tickets]
8/8 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden [tickets]
8/9 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden [tickets]
8/11 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden [tickets]
8/12 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden [tickets]
8/14 New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden [tickets]


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