Nowadays people think of Michael Jackson as a predator and pedophile, despite the fact that he was acquitted of all charges by a unanimous not guilty verdict at his 2004 trial for child molestation. An interesting tidbit, however, is that Michael Jackson became increasingly “awoke” and political as he developed as an artist. It started in 1991 with his Dangerous album where he outs racism (song, Black or White) and urges everybody to Heal the World. It became a fever pitch with Earth Song and reached revolutionary fire with the song “They don’t care about us.” There are three separate video versions of this song (included below). In each, Michael is shown walking amongst the poor and oppressed not as a calm messenger of peace, but as an inflamed planetary revolutionary invoking global revolution.

Watch the videos below and see for yourself. The “revolutionary Michael” is especially evident in the original prison version which to my mind is a dramatic and powerful call to action.

Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad
Situation, aggravation
Everybody allegation
In the suite, on the news
Everybody dog food
Bang bang, shot dead
Everybody’s gone mad

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us

Beat me, hate me
You can never break me
Will me, thrill me
You can never kill me
Jew me, sue me
Everybody do me
Kick me, kike me
Don’t you black or white me

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us

Tell me what has become of my life
I have a wife and two children who love me
I am the victim of police brutality, now
I’m tired of being the victim of hate
You’re ripping me off my pride
Oh, for God’s sake
I look to heaven to fulfill its prophecy…
Set me free

Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad
Trepidation, speculation
Everybody allegation
In the suite, on the news
Everybody dog food
Black man, blackmail
Throw your brother in jail

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us

Tell me what has become of my rights
Am I invisible because you ignore me?
Your proclamation promised me free liberty, now
I’m tired of being the victim of shame
They’re throwing me in a class with a bad name
I can’t believe this is the land from which I came
You know I really do hate to say it
The government don’t wanna see
But if Roosevelt was living
He wouldn’t let this be, no, no

Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad
Situation, speculation
Everybody litigation
Beat me, bash me
You can never trash me
Hit me, kick me
You can never get me

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us

Some things in life they just don’t wanna see
But if Martin Luther was living
He wouldn’t let this be, no, no

Skin head, dead head
Everybody gone bad
Situation, segregation
Everybody allegation
In the suite, on the news
Everybody dog food
Kick me, kike me
Don’t you wrong or right me

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us

All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about
All I wanna say is that
they don’t really care about
All I wanna say is that
They don’t really care about us

 

 

So what happened to Michael? Funny story, really. He was accused, and later unanimously acquitted, of child predation! He recovered from the trauma and went on to develop his “This is It” tour. Unfortunately, he never got to go on that tour because his “desperate and indebted“doctor accidentally, I presume, gave him a  lethal dose of propofol.

Something to think about as the significance of his “Blood on the checkerboard” phase kicks.

 

 

Written by Mike Sosteric (Dr. S.)

Just another loud mouth sociology professor, teaching sociology courses. Check me out here at the Socjourn, over there at The Conversation and at academia.edu.

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