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Songs Of Activism And Revolution: Killing In The Name

Rage Against the Machine's first video for "Killing in the Name" did not receive heavy airplay in the United States due to the explicit lyrics.

This is the band Paul Ryan claimed as one of his favorites. He must be one of those people who never listen to the lyrics. Wikipedia:

"Killing in the Name" has been described as "a howling, expletive-driven tirade against the ills of American society."[1] The song repeats six lines of lyrics that associate police brutality with racism, and then switches to the refrain, "Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses," an allusion to cross-burning by the Ku Klux Klan. The uncensored version contains the word "fuck" seventeen times.[2] The song builds in intensity, with Zack De La Rocha repeating the line "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me", murmuring the line the first four times, building in a crescendo the next four times and screaming the line the final 8 times culminating with Zack screaming "Motherfucker!"[3] The song's lyrics reference the allegation that some members of US police forces are members of the Ku Klux Klan organization, whose symbol is the burning cross. The BBC News website refers to it as railing against "the military–industrial complex, justifying killing for the benefit of, as the song puts it, the chosen whites." The song reflects the racial tensions that exist in United States; it was released six months after the Los Angeles Riots, an event triggered by the acquittal of four white police officers who beat black motorist Rodney King.

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