In this video, spoken word artist Mark Gonzales takes on the racist advertisements — paid for by Pamela Geller and her organization the American Freedom Defense Initiative — that referred to Muslims as “savages.”

Gonzales is an HBO Def Poet with a Master’s in Education. He’s also Mexican, and a Muslim. For more of his work visit WageBeauty.com.

More details via the YouTube video description:

This video of spoken word artist Mark Gonzales is in response to the hateful and racist advertisements purchased by Pamela Geller and her organization the American Freedom Defense Initiative on San Francisco city buses as well as across the country in the month of August. While hate profiteers do have the right to freedom of speech, we also use our right to speak out against the historical and ongoing targeting of communities of color. The use of the word “savage” in Geller’s bus ads and elsewhere throughout US history, as is seen in the targeting of indigenous people and communities of color, is offensive to all of us. It desecrates the memories of those whose lives and land were taken as a result of imperialism and conquest. We stand against hate, then and now, and see these attacks as targeting all of our communities.

The video was created by filmmaker David Zlutnick’s Upheaval Productions.

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