This is the native son, born of Zapata's guns

from Rage Against the Machine – Calm Like a Bomb Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This alludes to Richard Wright’s novel Native Son, where the protagonist Bigger Thomas stuffs a dead white woman’s body in a furnace after accidentally killing her (referenced in the previous line). The idea that one can be both a ‘native son’ and ‘landless’ society’s ills and crooked mores have ostracized and villainized it’s own people, effectively turning Zack (and Bigger) into rebels who oppose the system.

Referring to a child born in Mexico, under Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata’s legacy

The “native” and “born of Zapata’s guns” parts also refer to the Zapatistas/EZLN.

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