The co-founder and ex-bassist/vocalist of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters has spoken about the final form of racism in the US after the polity of Donald Trump and discussed the Black Lives Matter movement, claiming that nonviolence may not be the right way to respond to such government.
During his recent chat with Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper on the Useful Idiots podcast, the British legend and one of the most prominent activists in the music industry, Roger Waters, has made some shocking statements targetting the former president of the US, Donald Trump, by saying Trump did a little while in the White House besides make it acceptable for Americans to be racist.
In addition to his straightforward criticism towards the president, Waters talked about the Black Lives Matter activist movement, which came forth once again this year during the George Floyd protests following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
An estimated 15 million to 26 million people, although not all are members or part of the organization, participated in the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests in the US, making Black Lives Matter one of the largest movements in United States history. The movement has advocated to defund the police and invest directly into black communities and alternative emergency response models.
Roger Waters has argued the movement in the light of the Donald Trump government. Waters stated that the protestors didn’t have to be nonviolent while displaying their reactions to protest against the ‘monster’ because the polity of Trump proved the opposite towards citizens all this time.
The great musician also pointed out the fact that America is just at the beginning of a set of protests against the racist approach right now. In a way, Waters implied, stemming from his dark prophecy about the coming days, that there’s no place for kindness when facing a monster.
Here’s what Roger Waters said during the conversation:
“So if there’s one thing that Trump did — apart from being a buffoon and make everybody, you know, point and laugh — he made it acceptable to be a racist, supremacist, good ‘ol boy in a pickup truck, which shows us that it never went away.
I realized half-way through this — and it’s not half-way through, we’re just at the beginning of this set of protests — that one shouldn’t try and be non-violent about this.
They are fighting a monster that is the most violent thing that certainly that any of has ever experienced.”
You can check out the rest of the conversation below.