Tom Morello says “racism is as American as apple pie and baseball”

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Tom Morello of
Rage
Against The Machine
has spoken of his experiences with racism
and encounters with the KKK.

During a new Q&A with Imagine Dragons’ Dan
Reynolds, the Bloody Beetroots and Shea Diamond, Morello said he
believes that “racism in this country is as American as apple pie
and baseball”.

Morello also spoke of his experiences with encountering the Ku
Klux Klan while growing up in Libertyville, Illinois, and being
pulled over by the police while Rage Against The Machine were at
the height of their fame.

“In the height of Rage Against the Machine’s fame and
fortune, I was pulled over and handcuffed on the side of IL-176,
which runs through town, just coming home from the local bar
because I was walking while black in Libertyville,” Morello
said.

“In Los Angeles, dozens of times, I was pulled over when
driving, going on official band business but in my old Chevy Astro
van when I was driving through Beverly Hills. ‘Why is there a
thirty-something-year-old black man in this neighbourhood?’

“It’s a constant background noise for those of us who have
experienced it and something you can’t really reach or understand
if you haven’t experienced it.”

Morello continued: “A curious part of my history is that
I’ve ‘changed colour’ through the years. This is what I mean.
In the town where I grew up, I was the only black person. Once,
there was a noose in my familys garage, there was the occasional
burned cross on the lawn, and my mom, who was a public high school
teacher, had some of the most horrific racist stuff pinned to her
chalkboard.

“Then, I was in a popular band that had songs that were
predominantly played on white, rock-oriented stations, the way I
speak is not typically urban vernacular, and there’s a large part
of my fan base that freaks the fuck out when I say that I’m
black.

“Like, they don’t want to hear it, they doubt it and it
surfaces once a month whether it’s Twitter or Instagram where I
say something about being black. They’re like, ‘You’re not
black!’ I assure you that the Northern Illinois Ku Klux Klan
thinks that I am.”

The new conversation followed on for
Morello recently sharing new track ‘Stand Up’, with Reynolds,
Diamond and the Bloody Beetroots
. “This country certainly
needs fixing, and I believe it will take people from all sides and
colours to fix it,” Reynolds said when announcing the track.

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Tom Morello of
Rage
Against The Machine has spoken of his experiences with racism
and encounters with the KKK.
During a new Q&A with Imagine Dragons’ Dan
Reynolds, the Bloody Beetroots and Shea Diamond, Morello said he
believes that “racism in this country is as American as apple pie
and baseball”.
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Morello also spoke of his experiences with encountering the Ku
Klux Klan while growing up in Libertyville, Illinois, and being
pulled over by the police while Rage Against The Machine were at
the height of their fame.
“In the height of Rage Against the Machine’s fame and
fortune, I was pulled over and handcuffed on the side of IL-176,
which runs through town, just coming home from the local bar
because I was walking while black in Libertyville,” Morello
said.
“In Los Angeles, dozens of times, I was pulled over when
driving, going on official band business but in my old Chevy Astro
van when I was driving through Beverly Hills. ‘Why is there a
thirty-something-year-old black man in this neighbourhood?’
“It’s a constant background noise for those of us who have
experienced it and something you can’t really reach or understand
if you haven’t experienced it.”

Morello continued: “A curious part of my history is that
I’ve ‘changed colour’ through the years. This is what I mean.
In the town where I grew up, I was the only black person. Once,
there was a noose in my familys garage, there was the occasional
burned cross on the lawn, and my mom, who was a public high school
teacher, had some of the most horrific racist stuff pinned to her
chalkboard.
“Then, I was in a popular band that had songs that were
predominantly played on white, rock-oriented stations, the way I
speak is not typically urban vernacular, and there’s a large part
of my fan base that freaks the fuck out when I say that I’m
black.
“Like, they don’t want to hear it, they doubt it and it
surfaces once a month whether it’s Twitter or Instagram where I
say something about being black. They’re like, ‘You’re not
black!’ I assure you that the Northern Illinois Ku Klux Klan
thinks that I am.”

The new conversation followed on for
Morello recently sharing new track ‘Stand Up’, with Reynolds,
Diamond and the Bloody Beetroots. “This country certainly
needs fixing, and I believe it will take people from all sides and
colours to fix it,” Reynolds said when announcing the track.
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