Walk unseen past the graves and the gates - born without a face
One motive no hope, uh - born without a face
Walk unseen past the graves an the gates - born without a face
One motive no hope, uh, - yeah, born without a face
Without a face!

from Rage Against the Machine – Without a Face Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Specifically referring to the indigenous people of Chiapas, who were unrepresented and ignored by the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) controlled Mexican government, but also broadly to other peoples hurt by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

“Given the crisis and the Free Trade Agreement, the people of the United States also feel like people ‘without a face’; that is, with no alternatives, without possibilities. Dialogue and the importance of the place given to us by the Zapatistas made us feel that we were a part of the Zapatista struggle, because we are students, workers, artists… and many of us are Mexican.”

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