Corey Taylor has decried the rise of white nationalist groups in America, calling it “a reaction” to the fact that we had a “very successful black president” for eight years.
The so-called alt-right movement is on the march and emboldened by Pesident Donald Trump‘s rhetoric and policies, which many people believe are fueling white supremacist violence directed at Muslims, immigrants, and people of color and legitimizing supremacist ideology.
During an interview with Rocked conducted at this past weekend’s Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California, the SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman was asked specifically about last week’s incident where Richard Spencer — alt-right white nationalist and advocate of “peaceful ethnic cleaning” — tried to give a speech at a Florida university, but was shouted down.
Talking about the resurgent neo-Nazi movement, Corey said (see video below): “It’s a reaction, sadly… It’s a reaction to the fact that — and I’m gonna be blatantly honest — that we had a black president. That’s exactly what it is. And not only did we have a black president, we had a very, very successful black president — much to the chagrin of people on the far, far right. I won’t use that term that they use; they are far, far, far, far right — they are white supremacists, and that’s all they are. They are trying to rewrite the history on [President Barack] Obama and they just can’t do it. I’m not saying he’s perfect; he made mistakes. Name a president who didn’t. You know, Washington made mistakes. Get over yourselves. That’s why he’s on the one-dollar bill and not the five. Nah… I can’t back that up. That’s not a fact. [Laughs]
Apparently agreeing with critics that say the current presidency has normalized white supremacy and emboldened bigots, Taylor added: “I wanna say that it’s bigger than race. Race plays a huge part of it, but it’s bigger than race. This is almost a reaction to the fact that we were all trying to kind of get on the same page. But at the same time, the people on the left have a tendency to try and force newer ideas on people who just can’t wrap their head around it, and it’s not their fault. You have to give ’em time to find a way to relate to it. So people like Richard Spencer and [former Breitbart provocateur] Milo [Yiannopoulos] are exploiting that, turning up the heat and making sure that people who support the current president don’t believe anything that they read, don’t believe anything they see or hear, and it is tearing us apart.”