Last week, Tom Morello dropped a rousing protest song called "Stand Up" that features Shea Diamond, the Bloody Beetroots, and Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds, and on Thursday (July 9) the Rage Against the Machine guitarist shared a video that's just as riveting. The visuals showcase footage from the 1963 Civil Rights protests alongside current Black Lives Matter demonstrations that have taken place across the globe following the death of George Floyd in May.
"100% of artist proceeds from 'Stand Up' will be donated to the following organizations: NAACP, Know Your Rights Camp, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute," the video's YouTube description reads. "KIDinaKORNER/Interscope will additionally donate an amount equal to the artists’ record royalties derived from streams of the track for a 3-year period."
Watch the "Stand Up" video below.
"I grew up in the tiny lily white, archly conservative town of Libertyville, Illinois," Morello explained on Instagram when the track released. "When I was a kid, someone hung a noose in my family’s garage, there was occasional N-word calling, etc, etc. On June 6 of this year, there was a Black Lives Matter rally and march in that same town that drew over 1,000 people."
"It seems that the times they are a’changin'," he continued. "I was so inspired that night, I reached out to Dan from Imagine Dragons. The Bloody Beetroots and I had conjured a slamming track and within 24 hours Dan had sent back a completed vocal. We got Shea Diamond, a Black transgender woman with a long history of activism, on the track and the coalition was complete."
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