Band ‘Rage Against the Machine’ Sides with Establishment Media on Rittenhouse Trial, Bashes ‘Whiteness’

’90s band Rage Against the Machine tweets Rittenhouse trial outcome a sign of “whiteness” casting “itself as the victim.”

QUICK FACTS:
  • Rage Against the Machine’s Twitter account, @RATMofficial, posted a statement regarding the Kyle Rittenhouse trial’s not guilty verdict in which the band blamed the outcome on “whiteness” as it pertains to “the settler logic of America’s founding myth.”
  • “What defines innocence in America? Tamir Rice was executed for playing with a toy. Nobody was charged. Ahmaud Arbery went jogging and was murdered in broad daylight. Rittenhouse armed himself and killed people who were fighting for racial justice. He claimed self-defense,” the band’s statement read.
  • The post went on saying, “This is the settler logic of America’s founding myth: whiteness must cast itself as the victim in order to justify its violence against those resisting its oppression. Welcome to the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.”
  • Although Kyle Rittenhouse on Friday was acquitted by jury of murder in the fatal self-defense shooting of two men who were attacking Kyle, the band sided with race-focused mainstream media outlets like MSNBC (here), the news organization not only banned by the Rittenhouse trial judge for stalking witnesses, but who says the Rittenhouse trial was “designed to protect white conservatives who kill” as well as a sign that “White supremacy maintains its cover.”
  • Rage Against the Machine—whose anti-capitalist frontman Zack de la Rocha criticizes any “system that is set up solely to profit a wealthy class”—is currently selling show tickets for over $500 apiece at venues backed by major corporations like Target, T-Mobile, Enterprise, Little Caesars, and Capital One.