On Racism And Equality

"The color of a person's skin had nothing to do with the content of their character." 

Michael Jackson 

 

 

Ebony: Did your travels have any influence on the way you think about races of people?

 
Michael: The main thing that I hate most is ignorance, like the prejudice problems of America. I know it is worse in some other countries. But I wish I could borrow, like from Venezuela or Trinidad, the real love of color-blind people and bring it to America.
 
Ebony: You are making some observations with intense feelings. Please continue.
 
Michael: I’m prejudiced against ignorance.That’s what I’m mainly prejudiced against. It’s only 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 body – the different colors of organs, colors of blood – and all these different colors do a different thing 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’s the only thing I hate. I really do.
 
Ebony: What you have just said is not only compassionate but compelling. How do you communicate such feelings since you don’t make public appearances to express your views in public forums?
 
Michael: I try to write, put it in song. Put it in dance. Put it in my art to teach the world. If politicians can’t do it, I want to do it. We have to do it. Artists, put it in paintings. Poets, put it in poems, novels. That’s what we have to do. And I think it’s so important to save the world.
 
Ebony magazine interview, 1984
 
 
 
 
“Michael brought blacks, whites, Asians and Latinos together. It was Michael Jackson who said ‘we are the world’ to feed the hungry long before Live Aid“.
Rev. Al Sharpton at Michael Jackson´s memorial at the Staples Center 7-7- 2009
 
 
 
 
All nations sing
Let's harmonize all around the world
 
Michael Jackson in song History
 

  

 

"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

 

 

“He was a man of power, of positive power that brought people together. He brought  people of all walks of life, all nationalities, friends and foes alike. He was healing in spirit because he healed a lot of people with his music and with his spirit. Being in his presence, when he visited hospitals, the children would be miraculously healed.”

Jonathan Moffet, Michael´s drummer

 
 
"What attracted me the most about MJ was his capacity to reunite people from all races, nationalities and gender through his art. It’s something that politicians couldn’t and still aren’t able to do. I was always impressed by his humility after all the awards he received. I hate how he didn’t receive enough credits for his humanitarian actions. This man did so many good things for the world. His heart was as big as his success. I really love his philosophy of life, he only spoke when he had something important to say about all kind of subjects. One of MJ’s best speech was at the Oxford University. It really bothers that documentaries about MJ want to focus more about rumors from tabloids, his plastic surgeries rather than his messages of hope and love through his music."

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

 

 

"Michael Jackson was one of the nicest, kindest people I’ve ever met.  He really wanted to do more than just be a musical genius.  He wanted to heal and change the world through love, through kindness, through art and through music and I do believe the world’s a better place because he was with us.
 
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
 
 
 
 
(...) I enjoy working with you that is why I asked you to come, you have a gentle spirit that’s very likable. Maybe I look at the world through rose colored glasses, but I love people all over the world. That is why stories of racism really disturb me. You hurt my heart and soul when you told me of your boyhood in Texas. Because in truth I believe all men are created equal. I was taught that and will always believe it. I just can’t conceive of how a person could hate another because of skin color. I love every race on the planet earth. Prejudice is the child of ignorance.

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.

Love M.J.
 
Michael Jackson´s letter to William Pecchi Jr., camera operator on set of Moonwalker 1988 ( the whole original letter is placed on different place in this website. Bellow children from Moonwalker movie) 
 
 

"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."

Michael Jackson

 

 

"(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

 

 

“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

 

 
“Together we can stop racism and prejudice. It's our only hope. Without hope, we are lost."
 
Michael Jackson

 

 

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? ...

The song Can You Feel It which Michael Jackson wrote with his brother Jackie

 

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"Michael was very sensitive to the overt racism of the American press, well aware that a caption can completely alter the context of a photograph, perpetuating negative stereotypes. He scrutinized every photograph I made and only the images he approved were released to the press."
 
Todd Gray, Michael´s photographer
 
 

 

"I believe MJ was chosen by God to change a generation, bring them into their calling and break racial barriers and color lines. His work has opened doors for so many to achieve their hearts desires!!! Thank you Michael for being my greatest artistic inspiration!"
 

Keeley "LockN' Key" Kaukimoce, dancer

 

 

 
“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 

 

www.truemichaeljackson.com/more-about-michael/saswat-pattanayak-about-mj/

 

"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"

 

Kiwi´s note:

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.

 

 

 

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