Make America RAGE Again


Lilly Kirk, Staff Writer

Being a rebellious teenager, there is nothing more empowering than screaming along with Zack de la Rocha to “Killing in the Name” at seven o’clock in the morning on the way to school with the speakers cranked and the windows down.

On November 1st, the Los Angeles alternative rap-rock band, Rage Against the Machine, officially announced a 2020 reunion tour with all original members: vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk. So far, Rage Against the Machine has reported that they will be headlining at Coachella in 2020 and continue to announce more performances across the country. 

Many have actually speculated how the reunion may affect the upcoming 2020 election. The members of Rage are well known for their opinions on the current president, even before he was given the title. In the 1999 album, “The Battle of Los Angeles,” the music video for “Sleep Now in the Fire” depicts a man holding a sign reading “DONALD J TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT 2000.” Much like The Simpsons episode “Bart to the Future,” where Trump is portrayed as the president, this music video clip was meant to be ludicrous. While Trump actually launched a presidential campaign in October 1999, just like the 2016 election, it was not taken seriously.

Yet here we are… 

Being extremely politically outspoken, Rage uses their music as a vessel to gain attention and activism toward current controversial events. For example, “Know Your Enemy” addresses America’s systematic violence, “Guerilla Radio” and “Take the Power Back” discuss rigged elections, and “Killing in the Name” refers to the abuse of power by white supremacists.

Considering all the current political scandals, immigration issues, and climate change, the timing of this reunion simply can’t be a coincidence.


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