April 4, 1968 is undoubtedly one of the most important dates in American politics and civil rights. Martin Luther King Jr., a leader in the civil rights movement, was assassinated 50 years ago today. California hardcore outfit Berthold City (feat. members of Strife and other hardcore bands) are thinking of Dr. King today, as they release the politically-charged video for “Walls of Hate.”
“The clip at the beginning of the video was from a speech given by Robert F. Kennedy on the night Martin Luther King was assassinated,” singer Andrew Kline explains. “This video serves to remind us that the more things change, the more things stay the same… It’s 2018 and we still need to take a stand against racism and unchecked bigotry. Hatred, fear, animosity and tension run rampant and the media pushes an agenda that further divides us.
“’What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love and wisdom and compassion …’
“These words ring as true now as when they were first spoken 50 years ago. It’s time to stand together, and it’s time to break down these walls of hate.”
Berthold City’s Moment of Truth is out now.