On Racism And Equality
"The color of a person's skin had nothing to do with the content of their character."
Ebony: Did your travels have any influence on the way you think about races of people?
Michael Jackon in his song HIStory:All nations sing
Let's harmonize all around the world
"Throughout the ages, the peacock has been honoured and praised for its attractive, illustrious beauty. Of all in the bird family, the peacock is the only bird that integrates all colors into one, and displays this radiance of fire only when in love.
We, like the peacock, try to integrate all races into one through the love of music."
- Michael and Jackie Jackson (as The Jacksons) for their Peacock Productions
"It doesn't matter which blood or race or creed or color. Love is love and it breaks all boundaries and you just see it right away."
- Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson - Heal The World (Superbowl 1993) (HD) - best ever performance:
"...This is Michael Jackson. There`s not going to be another Michael Jackson ever, ever. He was the only person on this earth that can drop all races, all nationalities, all — everyone at a drop of a hat. He was the only person on this planet — I know no one on this planet that can do that."
- Joanelle Romero, Native American humanitarian, filmmaker, actress, recording artist and entrepreneur
Claire Legrand, YouTube comment Feb 2019
L.A. Reid: How Jackson broke racial barriers:
“I don’t understand racism. We are all the same and I have the perfect hypothesis to prove it. I play to all those countries and they cry in all the same places in my show. They laugh in the same places. They become hysterical in the same places. They faint in the same places and that’s the perfect hypothesis. There is a commonality that we are all the same.”
- Michael Jackson
He was very gentle, very kind. There was, I sort of describe it as a universal Michael and Michael the individual. There was the universalist Michael who wanted to change the globe. Wanted to see the entire world focus on children and he felt that if children were properly loved and cared for that we would significantly reduce the violence in the world, significantly reduce the meanness in the world, significantly reduce poverty, and all of the world’s most important problems.
He felt that the way to do that was to focus on the world’s children. So that’s the universalist Michael who thought he could heal the world through music, through love, through humanitarian measures. He was one of the greatest humanitarians in world history. He actually is in the Guinness Book of Records as one of the largest donors to children’s causes, which the media doesn’t like to focus on.
There also is the individual Michael, who I dealt with, who was a person, and he loved to see a child smile. He built Neverland to see children happy. He was one of the wealthiest men in the world. He could have spent all of that money selfishly. Instead he had a zoo, he had an amusement park, a theatre, he had statues devoted to the world’s children. If you looked at the artwork in his house, a lot of it centered on children and seeing them happy and respecting them for who they were. Their race, their religion, what part of the world they were from, what kind of native traditions they had.
This was someone who as a person, loved to see a child smile. Loved to see a child from the inner city who was growing up in poverty and violence come to Neverland and look at a giraffe and smile and look at an elephant and smile. Get some free ice cream and just be happy. It just meant a lot to Michael because he was a very good person.
But unfortunately when you’re that much of a genius, and you’re that wealthy, all of the sharks are going to come forward, and when you combine with that a certain level of naivety, a person who just didn’t want to be wrapped up in money matters all of the time or legal matters. He wanted to do creative things, he wanted to do humanitarian things. That makes him even more of a target for frivolous lawsuits and frivolous claims."
Thomas Mesereau, Michael´s attorney from 2005
Naked we came into the world and naked we shall go out. And a very good thing too, for it reminds me that I am naked under my shirt, whatever its color. I’m sorry to bring up such past news, but in the car I was hurt by what you said. I’m so happy that you have managed to overcome your childhood past. Thank God that you’ve graduated from such beliefs of ignorance. I’m glad I’ve never experienced such things. Teach your kids to love all people equally. I know you will.
I speak from my heart saying I love you and all people, especially the children. I’m glad God chose me and you.
"The people told us 'Just deal with it' (racism), because that’s how the South is. That’s ignorance and it’s taught, because it’s not genetic at all. The little children in those (countries) aren’t prejudiced. I would like for you to put this in quotes, too. I’m really not a prejudiced person at all. I believe that people should think about God more and creation. Look at the many wonders inside the human bodies — the different colors of organs, colors of blood — and all these colors do different things in the human body. It’s the most incredible system in the world; it makes an incredible building, the human being. And if this can happen with the human body, why can’t we do it as people? And that’s how I feel. And that’s why I wish the world could do more. That (racism) is the only thing I hate. I really do. And that’s why I try to write, put it in songs, put it in dance, put it in my art – to teach the world. If politicians can’t do it, poets should put it in poetry and writers should put it in novels. That’s what we have to do and I think it’s so important to save the world."
Michael Jackson, JET Interview, 1979
Black Or White:
Interesting conversation about this short movie and its meaning: dancingwiththeelephant.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/boy-is-that-girl-with-you/
"There’s a lot of jealousy there. I love all races, I love all people, but sometimes there’s a devil in people, and they get jealous. Every time there’s a luminary that goes beyond the heights of his field of endeavor, people tend to get jealous and try to bring him down. But they can’t with me because I’m very, very, very strong."
"(Racism:) It is cruelty, it´s ugly and I hate it. You are my brother (points out to the children). They are my brothers. If you are black, white, Arab....we are all the same. I love all races equally.... I love all people of the world."
Michael Jackson, TV Interview with children in Tunisia, 1996
“We are Germans, we are Armenians, French, Italians, Russians, Americans, Asians, Africans and many other nationalities. We’re Christians, Jewish, Muslims, Hindus. We’re black, we’re white. We are a community of so many differences. So complex, and yet so simple. We do not need to have war.”
Michael Jackson, upon accepting the Bambi Artist of the Millennium award
“Michael’s popularity appealed to the very young, the very old and everyone in between…blacks, whites. And, that only happens once in a lifetime.”
Dick Clark, The One 2003
Song Can You Feel It that Michael wrote with his brother Jackie:
Can you feel it? ...
If you look around / The whole world is comin' together now, baby / Can you feel it? ...
Feel it in the air / The wind is taking it everywhere, yeah / Can you feel it? ...
All the colors of the world should be / Lovin' each other wholeheartedly / Yes, it's all right / Take my message to your brother / And tell him twice
Spread the word and try to teach the man / Who's hating his brother / When hate won't do, ooh / 'Cause we're all the same, yes / The blood inside of me is inside of you
Now, tell me / Can you feel it? ...
Every breath you take / Is someone's death in another place
Every healthy smile / Is hunger and strife to another child
But the stars do shine / In promising salvation, is near this time / Can you feel it now?
So brothers and sisters show me know how
Now, tell me / Can you feel it? ...
All the children in the world should be / Loving each other wholeheartedly / Yes, it's all right / Take my message to your brother / And tell him twice
Take the news to the marching men / Who are killing their brothers / When death won't do, ooh
Yes, we're all the same / Yes, the blood inside of me is inside of you / Now, tell me / Can you feel it? ...
Michael Jackson´s speech in Faces,
a song Michael wanted to record for & with Nelson Madela...:
These Are The Worst Of Times And These Are The Best Of Times
Racism, Bigotry, Ethnocentricism, Prejudice, Hatred And Violence
Are Breaking The Heart Of Our Planet And Streaming Its Soul
And Yet We Are Coming Alive As Never Before
Nelson Mandela, A Black Man
A Former Symbol Of Subjugation And Slavery Guides South Africa
Democracy And Freedom Flourish As Never Before
And A New Consciousness Proclaims The Dawn Of The Age Of Enlightenment
Where Survival Of The Fittest Is Replaced By Survival Of The Wisest
Let Us Dream Of The Great And Sudden Splendent Of A New Tomorrow
Let Us Dream Of The Full Flowering Of A New Collective Consciousness
Let Us Dream Of A Tomorrow
Where We Can Hold Our Heads High
And Stretch Our Arms Toward Perfection
Let Us Dream Of A Tomorrow Where We No Longer Fragment
And Fracture Our Global Village Of Narrow Domestic Walls
Where Tribalism No Longer Services
Under The Routines Of Nationalism And Patriotic Fervor
And Where We Can Truly Love From The Soul
And Know Love As The Ultimate Truth At The Heart Of All Creation
Let Us Dream Of Tomorrow For Our Children Are Nurtured And Protected And Nourished
And Our Elders Revered And Honored And Venerated
Let Us Dream Of Peace And Harmony And Laughter
Let Us Dream Of Joy And Ecstasy
Let Us Dream Of Dancing The Cosmic Dance
And As We Dream
Let Us Remember
Those Who Dared To Dream The Horrors
And Sacrificed Their Yesterday
So We Can Have Our Tomorrow
“I´m proud of my heritage. I´m proud of it. I´m proud to be black. I´m honored to be black, and I just hope one day they will be fair in portraying me the way I really, really am….just a loving, peaceful guy wanting to make wonderful, unprecedented entertainment and songs and music and film for the world. That´s all I want to do. I´m no threat. I just want to do that. That´s what I want to do. To bring joy to the world.”
Michael Jackson in a Steve Harvey radio interview in 2002
"Sometimes when you’re treated unfairly it makes you stronger and more determined. Slavery was a terrible thing, but when black people in America finally got out from under the crushing system they were stronger. They knew what it was to have your spirit crippled by people who are controlling your life. They were never going to let that happen again. I admire that kind of strength. People who have it take a stand and put their blood and soul into what they believe."
Michael Jackson in his book "Moonwalk"
MJ dedicated his Invincible Album to a Norwegian Boy Benjamin Hermansen. Benjamin was a good friend of Omer Bhatti who was close friends with Michael. On the Invincible album cover, next to the image of a rose, it reads:
Michael Jackson gives "special thanks":
This album is dedicated to Benjamin ‘Benny’ Hermansen. "May we continue to remember not to judge man by the color of his skin..., but the content of his Character".
Benjamin … we love you … may you rest in peace.
Benjamin Hermansen (May 29, 1985 – January 26, 2001) was a Norwegian-Ghanaian boy whose father was born in Ghana, his mother was Norwegian. He was stabbed to death at Holmlia in Oslo, Norway, just before midnight on January 26, 2001, by people from the Neo-Nazi group BootBoys. Joe Erling Jahr and Ole Nicolai Kvisler were convicted of the murder and sentenced to 18 and 17 years in prison respectively. Since the murder was motivated by racism, it mobilized large parts of the Norwegian population. Throughout the entire country, marches were organized to protest against the murder, with nearly 40,000 people participating in Oslo. Hermansen was buried on February 6, 2001.
Michael Jackson all around the world...