Rage Against the Machine called out injustices against indigenous peoples in Canada during their performance at this year’s Bluesfest in Ottawa.
The American rock band – comprised of Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk – played their second Canadian show in over a decade.
As they performed their hit song “Freedom,” a huge black screen in the background read: “An Indigenous person in Canada is over 10 times more likely to be shot by a police officer than a white person.”
“In Canada, Indigenous women and girls are 16 times more likely to be murdered or disappeared than white women.”
Canada has come to terms with the murky discovery last year of hundreds of human remains in unmarked graves in former church schools and facilities where generations of Indigenous children were forcibly relocated.
From the 19th century through the 1970s, more than 150,000 Indigenous children were forced to attend government-funded Christian boarding schools in order to integrate them into Canadian society.
Thousands of children died from disease and other causes, many never returning to their families.
The Canadian government has acknowledged that physical and sexual abuse was rampant in schools and students were beaten for speaking their mother tongue.
This isn’t the first time Rage Against the Machine has denounced injustice.
The band spoke out against the recent verdict regarding Deer vs Wade at their first show in 11 years.
Earlier this month, while performing at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in East Troy, Wisconsin, the band flashed politically charged messages to the US Supreme Court about their decision to oust Deer vs Wade on a screen behind.
“Forced birth in a country that is the only prosperous country in the world without guaranteed national-level paid parental leave,” the text reads.
“Forced birth in a country where black birth attendants experience two to three times the maternal mortality rate than white birth attendants,” it said, as confirmed by videos from the show.
“Forced birth in a country where gun violence is the number one killer of children and adolescents,” the messages continued, ending in capital letters with “Supreme Court demolition.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/rage-against-the-machine-canada-indigenous-b2127063.html Rage Against the Machine call out injustices against indigenous peoples at a concert in Canada