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Zack de la Rocha QuotesBirth Date: 1970-01-12 (Monday, January 12th, 1970)
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- [at Coachella, 2007] 'A good friend of ours once said that if the same laws were applied to U.S. Presidents as those were applied to the Nazi's during WWII, then every single one of 'em, every last rich white one of 'em, from Truman on would have been hung to death, and shot. And this current administration is no exception. They should be hung, and tried, and shot. As any war criminal should be. And the challenges that we face, they go way beyond administrations. Way beyond elections. Way Beyond every four years of pulling levers. Way beyond that, because this whole rotten system has become so vicious and cruel, that in order to sustain itself, it needs to destroy entire countries, and profit from their reconstruction, in order to survive, and that's not a system that changes every four years, it's a system that we have to break down generation after generation after generation after generation after generation. Wake up.'
- [at Rock the Bells, New York, 2007] 'A couple of months ago, those fascist motherfuckers at the Fox News Network attempted to pin this band into a corner by suggesting that we said that the president should be assassinated. Nah, what we said was that he should be brought to trial as war criminal and hung and shot. THAT'S what we said. And we don't back away from the position because the real assassinator is Bush and Cheney and the whole administration for the lives they have destroyed here and in Iraq. They're the ones. And what they refused to air which was far more provocative in my mind and in the minds of my bandmates is this: this system has become so brutal and vicious and cruel that it needs to start wars and profit from the destruction around the world in order to survive as a world power. THAT's what we said. And we refuse not to stand up, we refuse to back down from that position not only for the poor kids who are being left out in the desert to die, but for the Iraqi youth, the Iraqi people, their families and their friends, and their youth who are standing up and resisting the U.S. occupation every day. And if we truly want to end this fucking miserable war, we have to stand up with the same force that the Iraqi youth are standing up with every day, and bring these motherfuckers to their knees. Wake up:'
- [at Rock the Bells, San Bernardino, California, 2007] 'Sixty-eight years ago just after World War II, they claimed they were the greatest generation.. And I'm not so sure. I'm not so sure. All the potential for greatness is in this generation right here. 'Cause I know that this fucking government took this country to war for a lie to withstand its empire and millions of you across this country said no. Stood up, and said no! And with the whole world watching, this generation here, in this country, we have to step up! We have to step up! We have to take it from the concert stage, from the crowd, and into the streets and prove that we won't let these fascists rule us any longer. This generation. Are you standing in line? Are you believing the lies? Are you bowing to the flag, you got a bullet in your head...'
- [at Rock the Bells, San Francisco, California, 2007] 'Every once in a while, people forget who really has power in this country. People forget who really holds power here, and you look at them helicopters coming in over the White House lawn and all the press gathered up, and all their security, and all their banks, and all their punk ass police, and you want to believe that our last powers there, up top at the center putting forth position in the world, you want to think it and you want to consider them to have the decency to look out for your best interests everyday, but for me as a mexicano I know I do not answer, that should never be the case, its never been their military, their propoganda, their machine, their punk ass police, their presidents, their politicians, its you that has power, its us that has power, and here, and here a few years ago on that day in March as Bush was taking this country to war for a lie, I stood with you here in San Francisco as you took this whole fucking city over, and I was with you, and right now the whole world is watching us, we can be the greatest generation, we can take facism out of power in the United States and if you don't think thats what it is thats exactly it. We're going to take a lot of sacrifice, a lot of jail time, maybe even a little bit of death, but I'm sure dropping a co-op onto these rich white crackers that don't know shit about the world we know cause rich in this world can go in and have nothing amount to them anymore. Wake up!''
- [at Alpine Valley, 2007] 'A couple of months back when we played this show at Coachella, Valley, that was our first show back, I said a few things from the stage that the next day, Fox News ran this whole piece about us saying that the President should be assassinated. But those fascists always get it wrong when it's from a band in the corner standing up. What we said was that the whole Bush Administration should be put on trial for war crimes, and then hung, and then shot. But this made me think about something: It made me think about what the fuck they're so afraid of. It made me think about what scares them. Is it really four of us from Los Angeles that have a point of view? Is it really just this music, and these rhythms, and these words? Is that what they're scared of? I started to think about it and you know, my conclusion is this: naw, they ain't scared of us. They're scared of you. They're scared of you. They're scared that you might, come election time, throw Bush, and Cheney, and all their fascists out of power. That's what they're scared of. And let me say this: that the Democrats are scared of you too, because they know that you see through their bullshit too. Because when Bush was wiretappin', spying on citizens, torturing innocent people, they were supposed to be the people to defend us from them. And they didn't do shit. So the Democrats are scared of you too. Why? Because they know they're coming to power. But they're scared because they know that if they don't fuckin' start pulling troops out of Iraq, then we're gonna go and burn down every office, of every Senator that doesn't do their jobs. All we're saying is that the world is watching us right now. The whole world is watching us. The brothers and sisters in South America that are dealing with this imperialist violence have their eyes on us. Our brothers and sisters in Iraq got their eyes on us because we are the ones who are gonna have to put an end to this nonsense. So wake up! Come on, wake up! Wake up...'
- 'It is important for me, as a popular artist, to make clear to the governments of the United States and Mexico that despite the strategy of fear and intimidation to foreigners, despite their weapons, despite their immigration laws and military reserves, they will never be able to isolate the Zapatista communities from the people in the United States.'
- 'America touts itself as the land of the free, but the number one freedom that you and I have is the freedom to enter into a subservient role in the workplace. Once you exercise this freedom you've lost all control over what you do, what is produced, and how it is produced. And in the end, the product doesn't belong to you. The only way you can avoid bosses and jobs is if you don't care about making a living. Which leads to the second freedom: the freedom to starve.'
- [At the Grand Olympic Auditorium, September 13 2000 - the last RATM show before their 2007 reunion] 'So who went out and joined us for the Democratic National Convention? I've never seen so many fucking cops in my whole life. It's like everybody knows when everybody went out there, the only thing we were out there to do is express how much we hate both the Democrats and Republicans because they sold this fucking country out. And by expressing our rights to resist, what do they do?...they open fire on the crowd. I don't care what fucking television station said the violence was caused by the people at the concert, those motherfuckers unloaded on this crowd. And I think it's ridiculous, considering none of us had rubber bullets, none of us had M16s, none of us had billy clubs, none of us had face shields. All we had was our fists, our voices, our microphones, our guitars, our drums, and anytime we get beaten in the streets for protesting, we take it to the court system, and the court system don't wanna hear it. Look what happened to Amadou Diallo in New York, they shot that brother 41 times and let all four officers go. It's time for a new type of action in this country.'
- 'We were witnesses to that. We saw how the soldiers burned and razed the fields, threw the children out of schools, and turned the schools into barracks... And each time we became more familiar with the Zapatistas form of organization, communal work and cooperation. And I realized that the motives behind the militarization were to break down the community, to keep the people from organizing in an autonomous manner in order to overcome poverty and isolation.'
- 'I'm in this band to give volume to various struggles throughout the world. To me, the tension in this band is a minimal sacrifice.'
- 'One of the great things about young people is that they do question, that they do care deeply about justice, and that they have open minds.'
- 'If today I had a young mind to direct, to start on the journey of life, and I was faced with the duty of choosing between the natural way of my forefathers and that of the... present way of civilization, I would, for its welfare, unhesitatingly set that child's feet in the path of my forefathers. I would raise him to be an Indian!'
- 'You can't ignore what some bands have done. I know that from my own experience, from the way my life was changed by 'Fuck Armageddon, This Is Hell' by Bad Religion. I know our record will be in a bin next to Lionel Richie--but so are John Coltrane, KRS-1 and Boogie Down Productions, and Public Enemy.'
- 'Lies, sanctions, and cruise missiles have never created a free and just society. Only everyday people can do that, which is why I'm joining the millions worldwide who have stood up to oppose the Bush administration's attempt to expand the US empire at the expense of human rights at home and abroad. In this spirit, I'm releasing this song for anyone who is willing to listen. I hope it not only makes us think, but also inspires us to act and raise our voices.'
- 'He has the nerve to call us violent when last year there were 80,000 cases of police brutality filed against departments all over the country this sheriff pig is poppin' off, poppin'off about how we're violent. Well, shit, he belongs to the most violent gang in US history.' [Referring to a Sheriff who tried to get a concert banned]
- 'This next song goes out to those who still believe that there is an american dream. And still believe that within that dream there is something called freedom. It is time to fucking wake up, and begin to truly think for ourselves, and find new sources of information... otherwise - things like what's happening in the persian gulf with continue. They will be able to make decisions for you, unless you fucking wake up, and take that veil of complacence from your eyes, and fucking begin to remove the bullet from your head.' [Said before performing Bullet in the Head]
- 'We've got to regain knowledge again, and we've got to regain an understanding again, of who we are. Not just those chosen to fuel systems, but individuals who have the power to criticize and analyze, and attack injustice when it becomes prevalent and apparent in front of our faces like it is in ours right now. We've been all put to sleep. Put to sleep to a system. A system that continues to perpetrate ignorance amongst our spirit and amongst our minds. One that wants you not to act. A system that would rather see all of you at that bar drinking beer filling your minds being put to sleep with beer or with drugs rather than acting against it and fighting a system which has been perpetrating imperialist lies and other fucking bullshit for five hundred years. So fuckin drink up or fuckin wake up. You're part of the solution or you're part of the fuckin problem. I am sick and tired of my own complacence in my life and I know I'm fuckin sick of yours. So wake up and stop fuckin sleeping. Wake Up.'
- 'Brothers and sisters, our democracy has been hijacked. Brothers and sisters, all electoral freedoms in this country are over so long as it's controlled by corporations. Brothers and sisters, we are not going to allow these streets to be taken over by the Democrats or the Republicans. Because it's all of us who have built this city, and we can tear it down unless they give us what we need.'
- 'They say that as soon as the wall in Germany fell that the US government was busy building another one at the border between the US and Mexico. Since 1986 as a result of a lot of the hate talk and histeriam that the government of the United States has been speaking, 1500 bodies have been found on the border. We wrote this song in response to it. It's called Without a Face.'
- 'We're already dead..'
- 'They say jump and you say how high, ya brain dead, you gotta fucking bullet in ya head!!!'
- 'Fear is your only God.'
- 'Wake up!'
- 'Burn! Burn! Yes, you're gonna burn!'
- 'Your anger is a gift'
- 'Freedom! Yeah! Freedom! Yeah, right!'
- 'Why stand on a silent platform? Fight the war, fuck the norm!'
- 'See through the news and the views that twist reality'
- 'Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses'
- 'Some of those that burn crosses, are the same that hold office'
- 'See right through the red, white and blue disguise'
- 'A jail cell is freedom from the pain in my home'
- 'If ignorance is bliss, then knock the smile off my face'
- 'No escape from the mass mind rape. Play it again jack and then rewind the tape'
- 'Yes I know my enemies. They're the teachers who taught me to fight me, compromise, conformity, assimilation, submission, ignorance, hypocrisy, brutality, the elite, all of which are American dreams.'
- 'They don't gotta burn the books they just remove 'em'
- 'Fuck you I won't do what you tell me!'
- 'I'll rip the mic, rip the stage, rip the system. I was born to rage against 'em'
- 'The D the E the F the I the A the N C the E, the Mind of a revolutionary.'
- 'They rally 'round the family! With a pocket full of shells.'
- 'There be no shelter here! The frontline, is everywhere.'
- 'What? The land of the free? Whoever told you that is your enemy'
- 'You know they went after King when he spoke out on Vietnam. He turned the power to the have-nots. And then came the shot'
- 'You know they murdered X and tried to blame it on Islam. He turned the power to the have-nots. And then came the shot'
- 'Rep the stutter step then bomb a left upon the fascists'
- 'When ignorance reigns, life is lost'
- 'The structure is set ya never change it with a ballot pull'
- 'It's my life for their life so call it a free trade'
- 'NAFTA comin' with the new disaster'
- ''Cause I'm cell locked in the doctrines of the right. Enslaved by dogma, talk about my birthrights'
- 'Aw, power to tha people, 'Cause the bosses right to live is mine to die'
- 'So now I'm rollin' down Rodeo wit a shotgun, These people ain't seen a brown skin man, Since their grandparents bought one'
- 'Made the masses of mastadons a path to trample the fascists on.'
- 'His thoughts like a hundred moths, trapped in a lampshade.'
- 'Every official that comes in, cripples us, leaves us maimed, silent and tame, and with our flesh and bones he builds his homes.'
- ' Weapons not food, not homes not shoes, Not need just feed the war cannibal animal...[ From Bulls on Parade]'
- 'Let the riot be the rhyme of the unheard'
- 'Their existence is a crime, Their seat, their robe, their tie, Their land deeds, Their hired guns, They're the crime!
- 'You see the powerful got nervous, cause he refused to be their servant, and he spit truths, that burnt like black churches [from Voice of the Voiceless, a tribute song to Mumia Abu Jamal]'
- 'More for Gore, or the son of a drug lord? None of the above, fuck it, cut the cord [from Guerilla Radio]'
- 'Long as the rope is tied around Mumia's neck, let there be no rich white life we bound to respect, cause and effect, can't ya smell tha smoke in tha breeze, my panther, my brother we are at war until you're free'
- 'A mass of promises
- 'The camera's eye on choice disguised
- 'It has to start somewhere, it has to start sometime, what better place than here? What better time than now?'
- 'Hoover, he was a body remover
- 'With this mic device
- 'Mass graves for the pump and the price is set'
- 'What was the price on his head?'
- 'Ya standin' in line, believin' the lies, ya bowin' down to the flag? Ya gotta bullet in ya head'
- From 'Testify'
- 'Is all the world jails and churches?'
- 'Shutdown the devil sound'
- 'One God, one market, one truth, one consumer'
- 'The world is my expense, the crux of my desire.'
- 'I am the Nina, the Pinta, the Santa Maria,
- 'Ignorance has taken over, we gotta take the power back!'
- 'Ain't it funny how the factories doors close, 'round the time that the school doors close'
- Taken from No Shelter
- 'Ghost of progress,
- 'I'm deep inside your children, who betray you in my name!'
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