RIP MCA of the Beastie Boys: Great Musician, Fighter Against Injustice, Stood Up Against Islamophobia in 1998!

Adam Yauch, aka MCA was a co-founder of the Beastie Boys, one of the all-time greatest Hip-Hop groups ever! After a long battle with cancer he has passed away at 48. May he rest in peace!

MCA was a tireless defender of human rights and fighter for the oppressed.

In this video award,(h/t:Reza Aslan) he speaks prophetic words in 1998 about the cycle of violence that the USA was engaging in across the globe, calling out the unreasonable hatred against Muslims and Arabs (see 6:35):

Transcript of what MCA said at the awards:

“In addition to thanking everybody who worked on all the videos and all the people who have worked with us throughout the years, it’s kind of a rare opportunity that one gets to speak to this many people at once. So, if you guys would forgive me, I would just like to speak my mind on a couple of things. I think it was a real mistake that the US chose to fire missiles into the Middle East. I think that was a huge mistake and I think it’s very important that the United States start to look towards non-violent means to solving conflicts because those bombings in the middle east were thought of as retaliation by the terrorists, and if we thought of what we did as retaliation, certainly we are going to find more retaliation from the people of the Middle East, from terrorists specifically I should say because most Middle Eastern people are not terrorists, and that’s another thing America needs to think about; Its racism. Racism that comes from America towards Muslim peoples and Arabic peoples, and that’s something that has to stop. The United States has to start respecting people from the Middle East in order to find a solution that has been building for many years.”


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