Rage Against The Machine have taken to social media to issue a statement regarding the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. The band says the “repression of migrants and refugees is a bipartisan cause.”
Here’s the group’s full statement:
“The racist attacks on Haitian asylum seekers on the US-Mexico border are devastating and cruel. But it’s sadly only the latest chapter in a long history of violent detention and deportation by the United States. Repression of migrants and refugees is a bipartisan cause. Both Democrats and Republicans have continued to wage wars and implement sanctions and destructive economic policies that have been the direct cause of migration and those seeking asylum throughout the world.
Haiti may be the clearest example of this: a country that gained its independence and established a Black republic in 1804, has since had to pay reparations to slave owners and been the victim of centuries of European and U.S intervention up until today. The US-Mexico border is one of the most militarized borders in the world, and the racial and moral panic that it creates shows once again that the US is a nation built on white supremacy, anti-Black racism and Indigenous genocide.
There are over 600,000 undocumented migrants in the US from Canada and other white-majority countries. But they’re not hunted down, targeted and subjected to the same type of moral and racial panic – why is that?”