Prophets of Rage Tackle National Anthem Controversy in Hard-Hitting 'Strength in Numbers' Video

Prophets of Rage
Travis Shinn

Prophets of Rage

The rap-rock supergroup pulls no punches in the clip, focusing on Colin Kaepernick and others taking a knee with images of football, blackface and flood victims.

Given their pedigree, Prophets of Rage are admittedly, proudly a one-speed band. And that speed just so happens to be 100 mph right up in your face.

The group comprised of members of Public EnemyRage Against the Machine and Cypress Hill go full-tilt in its new video for "Strength in Numbers," a bold montage of images that mix footage of NFL players taking a knee and otherwise protesting during the national anthem with archive film of prison chain gangs, white performers in black face, violence in the stands at pro football games and nature films of millions of ants and birds moving unison to exemplify the song title's call to action.

With B-Real rapping, "Fucking unify, unify/ Motherfuckers unify/ Raise up like a fist/ Smashit like it's do or die," the video flashes a quick cut montage of classic, racist Mickey Mouse images, as well as images of semi-automatic weapons being fired -- with the words "totally legal" flashing on the screen" -- and the names of black men killed by police.

In a chilling coda on the same day that a report from the New Yorker claimed that Pres. Trump joked in a meeting of lawyers that when it comes to the LGBTQ community Vice President Mike Pence wants to "hang them all," the clip ends with a shot of Pence holding his hand over his heart at a football game overlaid with a man dancing suggestively in a skimpy American flag bikini.

Watch the video below:


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