Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello: The Original SJW

By Carlo Versano

Long before the term “social justice warrior” became a tool of the right to describe overly woke liberals, Tom Morello was raging against the machine.

The former “Rage” guitarist became an influential leader of social justice issues in the ’90s through his politically active work on and off the stage. He spoke to Cheddar at South by Southwest (SXSW) this week, where he’s in town to support the 100th anniversary of the American Civil Liberties Union. Morello called the ACLU “tireless fighters for freedom, truth, and justice” who speak up against abuses of executive power and for the freedom of individuals “wherever they are.”

Morello said he supports the ACLU because its mission transcends politics. The non-partisan group has been an active antagonist of the Trump administration, filing more than 100 legal actions in the first year of his presidency alone, but also acted as a thorn in the

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