Oct 24 2010

Does American Dream Have to Die With Michael Jackson?

Category: Justice,Lyrics,PhotosSeven @ 12:55 pm

AllForLoveBlog featured part of the above-referenced article in an extremely touching write-up on that site from the administrator about why she, even though a victim of child sexual abuse herself, supports Michael Jackson. Having been a victim of child sexual molestation myself as well, that piece resonated very deeply with me. I encourage you to read her entire write-up and to share it with anyone whose mind you think can be enlightened by it.

Of course we support Michael because the truth is, he was not a predator of children or a child molester. Rather he was a deeply misunderstood man, further misunderstood due to the savagery of a predatory, profit-driven media which assassinated his already-misunderstood character in the public eye. These same corporate entities continue to further destroy his character, memory and legacy with misinformation as well as a complete and willful refusal to investigate any nuance, fact, or differentiation at all from commonly-stated memes. Reference the recent interview on October 21st with Oprah and Lisa-Marie Presley and the ensuing media circus surrounding that.

A friend of mine shared a very astute comment about that interview which reflects my own feelings about it:

Oprah was pushy, puffed up with pride, and full of innuendo in her choice of questions and comments. I have only seen her show twice in my life and I was struck by her heavy-handedness when I watched the LMP interview. She exploited a woman who can’t help but see parallels between two men when actually there are some stark differences.

Did Oprah investigate or mention those stark differences? Did she press on them? No. Did she investigate further the reasons that Michael Jackson spent much of the last one or two decades of his life living in fear for his life from ‘business interests‘ who wanted to hijack his assets (namely his music catalog)? No. And, the rest of the media will not either just the same as they typically refuse to. After all, if more profit can be made more easily by ignoring such questions and continuing to portray him as a drug-addled paranoid, child-molesting freak, then why should they bother? They don’t want to interrupt this consistent source of profit with anything so unimportant (to them) as truth. Further, if the media suddenly decided to seek and report the truth, they’d have to then admit that collectively they had been lying (by omission or outright) about Michael Jackson all these years, and that they destroyed an innocent man’s life for money. They’re not about to do that. Criminals do not out themselves, particularly corporate ones. They are not going to report on their own crimes, though they don’t mind incriminating those who are innocent.

The problem is not Presley, who has every right to express what are her own feelings about her own life. She is not the media. That is her personal truth. It isn’t even the many people who wanted to know what her feelings were about her life with Michael, and many were curious. The problem in my opinion is and continues to be a corporate-owned, purely profit-driven media which sees no need to bother with differentiation, nuance and not least of all, fact in their broadcasts and reporting. Those questions that Oprah failed to ask could and should be asked, but they were not and largely will not be.

The public’s perception therefore continues to rest upon incomplete, one-sided information, often taken or left out-of-context and deliberately so. The public are fed only that which the media decides to provide, and that is only what garners them the most ratings and thus the most money.  It’s a level of propaganda that would make Josef Goebbels himself a very proud man if he were to see it. Thus, we have a terribly ill-informed public, which is mostly willing to swallow it whole and remain complacent in their ignorance, and not only about Michael Jackson but a great many other subjects as well. This is a moral and social issue which permeates every level of our society, and at its core is the predatory media which peddles ignorance for money, destroys lives for profit, and manipulates as well as exacerbates the base, uncivilized, “torches & pitchforks” mob mentality of human nature.

Below is the article “Does American Dream Have to Die With Michael Jackson?“, written by Forbes Everett Landis, which I also encourage you to share with anyone whose mind may be enlightened by it. Since it is licensed under a Creative Commons license, I share it with readers in its entirety below, along with its proper attribution.

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–The American Public Must Demand Honest Journalism–

by Forbes Everett Landis

The Innocent Man

The Innocent Man

What does our silence about the attacks on one of the most visible achievers of the American Dream say? Are we not forfeiting our children’s future into the hands of bullies? Is it not time for us to speak up about the damage opportunistic journalism is doing to our culture?

Last year, the news of pop-superstar Michael Jackson’s premature death shocked the world. As I am a classical music fan, not a connoisseur of pop music or any of its stars, Jackson’s death did not immediately evoke any particular emotion in me. I just let it go.

But as the days went by, and as I passively soaked in more and more news reports on Jackson’s death, I began to feel increasingly uncomfortable. A man had passed away: What need was there for the media to so eagerly show humiliating images of how Jackson would have looked on his death-bed? I was prompted to look into the case more thoroughly.

After more than a year, although I am not now nor ever will be a Michael Jackson fan, and despite my sometimes skeptical view of the frenzied remarks often made by Jackson’s hard-core followers, I feel the need to say this:

To keep the American dream alive for our children, we should stop abusing our talented and creative spirits out of jealousy and misunderstanding.

Jackson had to deal with the media condemning him as strange, weird, and even labeling him a freak, both figuratively and literally. My opinion about this is clear: Though at times, to subjective eyes, Jackson might have looked ‘different,’ half of this eccentricity was due to the fact that he was born to be an artist inevitably different from others because of his imaginative and creative nature, and half because he was forced into being so unconventional by a degree of media pressure few, if any, have ever experienced. Being different from others does not equate being harmful to others. As long as one does not violate others’ human rights, one has the right to be him or herself. In a society that prioritizes human rights and freedom, I find no justification for attacks on people who are perceived to be ‘different.’ These kinds of attacks are especially sordid when they involve the spreading of knowingly false rumors for financial gain. After Jackson’s acquittal on alleged child related charges in 2005, several journalists, such as Aphrodite Jones, came forward to confess that most of the media in attendance intentionally put objectivity aside in covering the Michael Jackson case by fragmenting the facts divulged in court, reporting only anti-Jackson information.

The human race has quite often owed its scientific or artistic progress to the “weird” and the “eccentric.” Let us consider, for example, Galileo Galilei, who was charged for openly discussing Copernican theory, a concept seen as sinful and roundly condemned at that time; later, of course, this theory went on to become the accepted standard of scientific understanding of the universe. We might also stop to consider how treasonable the very idea of democracy once was, how dangerous the aristocracy felt it to be; later, democracy became the world’s prevailing political philosophy. We can also remember that the concept of equality between : women and men, different ethnicities, or diverse religions, was derided when it emerged. Also, had she not thought differently from others, might Mother Teresa not have been a stay-at-home mom instead of traveling to India and risking her life for humanity?

Keeping the history of these exceptional ideas and people in mind, I can almost guarantee that if one had killed all the “weirdoes” among our Australopithecine ancestors 3.5 million years ago, our species might not have made it to the 21st Century. We might very well have just remained a much more primitive species, one without the use of fire and the wheel, let alone an orchestra, democracy, or computers. Is it not, after all, diversity that allows for evolution?

In other words, “weirdness” is sometimes the inevitable result of an exceptional imaginative ability that sees no boundaries in search of all the creative possibilities. As long as such individuals do us no harm, we should let them be. It is our duty to be respectful of those who are different not only because every human being is entitled to freedom, but also because diversity is at the root of human survival.

To those who regard Jackson’s soft voice altered skin tone or facial appearance as weird, I would simply say this: You are revealing your own nature, at best : narrow-minded or obtuse ; at worst – unkind and bigoted. Nobody’s holy scripture deems it acceptable to criticize the physical appearance of people who have contributed so generously to the voiceless.

To those who think that the Jackson’s spoken voice was peculiar, I would say that I see no significance in it. The spoken voice cannot be uncoupled from the singing voice that so many lauded. It might also be helpful for you to consider this information in order to broaden your understanding of the global context: there are countries where people respect those who speak softly, in a calm, non-aggressive manner. The American standard, where a loud voice seems necessary to assertiveness, is not the only standard in the world.

To those who criticize the ‘King of Pop’ for purchasing Neverland, I pose this question: Would you have survived without buying a Neverland-sized residential property if you were in reality never able to explore any place alone without being horded by an ensuing media and public frenzy whenever you stepped out of your front door? A huge residence with a vast garden might have been the only possible way for this worldwide megastar to relax and enjoy some fresh air without constant intrusion from the public. After all, Jackson earned his money though incredible hard work and a perfectionist work-ethic. In light of his Guinness record-making support of no less than 39 charities, it may very well be hypocritical to criticize his spending habits.

Having demonstrated that there is nothing inherently wrong with living unconventionally, the question now turns to whether or not Jackson ever harmed anyone with his behaviors. Here I will discuss the child related allegations leveled against him. —

In discussing the two instances of allegations Jackson was faced with, I would like to focus my attention primarily on the 1993 case due to the fact that the more recent (2003-2005) accusations ended with Jackson receiving a full legal acquittal on all counts, the extremely low credibility of the accuser’s mother playing a significant factor in this exoneration. In other words, Jackson was found not-guilty so I believe we must discount this case.

Considering that the laws of most U.S. states set down one’s right to sue anyone without being counter-sued solely in retribution for one’s lawsuit, this means that one can safely sue anyone they wants to sue. Thus, the extortion of popular and wealthy persons is an increasingly attractive ploy for those seeking a quick buck. Fast and easy money may once have come at a personal price, that being distrust from one’s community. But, with cities growing ever larger and more impersonal, an individual’s local reputation is of gradually thinning importance, resulting in more room for thievery. To some mischief minded, the risk of exposure as an extortionist might thus seem lower when compared to the potentially enormous financial benefits of a scam. As a result, a millionaire, especially one whose professional value is greatly magnified by popularity, is more vulnerable than ever. According to the National Center for Child Abuse and Neglect, in 1998, 71% of the abuse reports were revealed to be false or unfounded. The false accusation rate even rises to over 90% when a custody battle and money is involved (as was the case between the plaintiff’s parents in the 1993 allegations against Jackson, who was a friend of the child’s mother). In the 1993 case, the charges never went to trial but were settled out of court.

The record illustrates that the financially troubled accuser’s father had previously approached Jackson’s representatives with a monetary request well before he sued for the alleged molestation, demonstrating that he would have refrained from filing suit in exchange for money. Would any parent with real care for the well-being of his or her children make such a deal?

As evidence for my position, I present the recorded phone conversation in which the accuser’s father is heard to say that everything [is] going “according to a certain plan,” that he would win “big time” and that Jackson would be ruined forever. These words sounds far more like the words of a mercenary than those of a father concerned with justice for his son.

It should also be emphasized that Jackson was never indicted on the 1993 allegations, even after an intensive 13-month investigation including interviews with over 400 witnesses in and out of the country, extensive searches of his residential properties, and even a 25 minute full-body examination in which Jackson had every part of his body photographed, videotaped and examined. And in the six years before the statute of limitation had expired, no criminal charges were ever filed. After the District Attorney’s office spent millions of tax payer dollars in hot pursuit of the singer, had they found any evidence of molestation, they would have been certain to indict Jackson. Civil settlement does not prevent criminal indictment. The 13-year-old boy at the center of the allegations refused to testify criminally and his father, the main individual behind the allegations, committed suicide within months of Jackson’s death.

Having discussed the mischaracterization of what people might dismiss as “weird,” and having made plain the falsity of the allegations made against Jackson, accusations that in my view look suspiciously extortionate, I would now like to consider the moral impact that Jackson might have had on our society.

Regarding integrity, Jackson’s deeds and lifestyle, apart from the media’s fabricated stories, remained consistently appropriate. In fact, his decency made him look almost old-fashioned, even when he was young, when compared with many entertainers’ indulgences in sex, alcohol, and drugs. Interviews with Jackson indicated that he felt it highly inappropriate to remark publicly on his sexual life. This, as far as I am concerned, is an example of his dignity and modesty. However, this very reserve may ironically have fueled baseless speculation about Jackson’s sexual orientation. I wish to ask : is publicly questioning a person’s sexual life not way more inappropriate than that person’s choice of silence out of a desire for privacy regarding the same? The fact that Jackson was not involved in a multitude of sex scandals with women, a fact which should normally invite respect, seems unfairly to have been justification for the media to pathologize Jackson. It is beyond ridiculous to construct the lack of lasciviousness and scandal as itself scandalous and suspect.

Many people have also remarked that Jackson did not curse at all, especially when he was younger. Only after suffering numerous hate campaigns founded on falsehoods did he insert a very small amount of profanity into his songs, in response to a world which had betrayed him so deeply. Even then, his use of profanity stayed away from vitriolic attacks , but came across more as an artistic expression of deep anguish.

Jackson also faced many accusations regarding his appearance. But, turning this around, what might this suggest about those themselves who so scrutinized the way he looked? What does it say about their own biases ? And about the people who claimed to know details about every surgical procedure Jackson allegedly had, calling him a freak without even having seen him actually ?
After the 2003 allegations, the media repeatedly and mockingly displayed pictures of Jackson in an emaciated state, not out of concern for his well-being, but seemingly simply in order to label him a freak. It may very well be argued that Jackson was indeed beginning to look fairly thin, but doesn’t taking somebody’s tired physical appearance as direct evidence of inner abnormality only reveal our own superficiality ? Maybe , just maybe anyone else would have looked equally fatigued had they suffered the anguish of having to relentlessly fight vicious and false allegations.

On the topic of morality : Which is more admirable, giving people hope by regularly visiting and donating to hospitals and orphanages, or telling scandalous stories based on speculation or lies? Which is more despicable, pursuing an exceptionally rigorous dedication to artistic perfection, or giving in to jealousy and greed to bring down an artist? The tabloid press, of course, uses this strategy on most celebrities and public figures. One might argue that Michael Jackson had learned to use the press as cynically as it used him, that he , especially in the early days, once believed that “all publicity is good, even bad publicity,” because it keeps their names in people’s minds. One might even go so far as to say that Jackson purposely flaunted his eccentricities to generate press. He did, after all, have a fine artistic sense of the dramatic, with drama selling newspapers. And Jackson always managed to keep his fame burning bright, even when he was not producing any new songs. As elaborated below, my issue, however, is not with Jackson’s handling of the media. Rather it is about what the media’s handling of Jackson says about societal norms and ethics.

Critics have accused Jackson of not opposing false information adamantly enough. Pondering that charge, I suspect that having been abused by the media intrusiveness from his early days in the spotlight, Jackson might have come to feel vulnerable and victimized. Having been taught by his parent always to be nice to the media and to his fans, he might have felt he should not defend himself too vigorously for fear of losing his popularity. Furthermore, had Jackson taken the time to fight every rumor thrown his way, he would not have had time to be Michael Jackson, the artist as he did explain to a close friend. In the end ,we must ask ourselves, who is more faithful and true, a person who calls someone a freak without knowing him personally and without possessing any evidence of wrongdoing, or a person who shows patience and courage in the face of hostility and simply expresses who he really is by letting his work speak for itself?

Some might argue that the attacks Jackson had to suffer from the media and from consumers can be justified as a natural price to pay for the fame and fortune. No, I say. That is too high a price being charged from a human being. Those attacks had exceeded all justifiable limits, And I wish to note that he was not paid to endure pain, but for his relentless efforts and dedication to his craft.

We first explored “weirdness” as necessary and beneficial diversity, specifically addressing the fact that Jackson’s physical appearance and spoken pitch seem irrelevant to his achievements. We then found that allegations of unethical behavior on Jackson’s part were in truth baseless. Then we analyzed Jackson’s non-aggressive stance during TV interviews, not as demonstration of guilt but as a sign of decorum. Lastly, we found that the cost of fame seems an insufficient justification for the extraordinary personal attacks Jackson went through.

We will now consider the implications of the behavior of the media and the public during the course of Michael Jackson’s career. The American media have disgraced themselves by displaying to the world the schoolyard bullying of a talented and creative soul with great philanthropic achievements . Now consider how this public bullying of a legendary figure might present itself to a new generation of youth, how it might play out in their minds and affect their morale … Might this type of public bullying not discourage the youngsters of today from pursuing their own creativity, their own inner diversity, for fear that they themselves might incur such abuse?

The coverage of Michael Jackson’s life poses among others, these questions to America: Does fulfilling the American Dream require that one subject oneself to unending media intrusion, to lies about oneself for the sake of selling newspapers, and where one unproven accusation is enough to be convicted in the court of national opinion ? Do you want your children to live in a world where pursuing the American Dream involves the risks of a nightmare of mistrust and abuse?

I refer again to the journalists who later admitted their purposely distorted biased reporting on the Michael Jackson child molestation cases. If we recall for a moment the enormous number of journalists who surrounded the Santa Barbara County courthouse, one can surmise that the handful of journalists who came clean about their deception make up only the tip of the iceberg.I suspect that there were hundreds more who remained silent and who knowingly bent the truth to sell papers.

I also suppose that there are thousands of people who, having received one-sided information, once believed Jackson to be a freakish criminal, but who, after his death and the revelation of new information, have come to see him just as one of us, a burdened human being and a caring parent, as well as a uniquely talented artist and a devoted philanthropist. Perhaps these now better-informed members of the public have come to doubt the veracity of the media itself, not just when it comes to Michael Jackson, but in general.

I speculate that there is a pervasive notion that it is safer to say nothing when it comes to Michael Jackson for fear of being promptly stigmatized. However, we need to address the implications of such silent behavior. What does our silence about the attacks on one of the most visible achievers of the American Dream say? If we play it safe, we are forfeiting our children’s future into the hands of bullies. It is time for us to speak up about the damage opportunistic journalism is doing to our culture. As Edmund Burke once penned, “all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

SOURCE: http://education.ezinemark.com/does-american-dream-have-to-die-with-michael-jackson-16b169402f1.html
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19 Responses to “Does American Dream Have to Die With Michael Jackson?”

  1. Joyce says:

    WOW! That is an excellent article. Thank you so much for bringing it to our attention. I am going to go to the source that you have linked and copy it for myself so that I can pass it on in hopes of enlightening others with it’s clear and concise message in defense of Michael Jackson and it’s exposure of the media for the biased bully’s that they have become.
    The last paragraph says it all… silence speaks volumes. We have to continue to speak out in defense of Michael and not let the biased media go unchallenged. The media’s existence depends on us not the other way around!! We must demand truth and respect from them. Tabloid, sensationalized, bullying journalism is not acceptable and should not be supported with our hard earned money! Thanks again Seven.

  2. Simona says:

    So powerful! I’m loving it, thank you Seven for sharing, I’m going to share it myself with a couple of friends and on my facebook page, for sure.
    Love

  3. emma says:

    Very insightful writing! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Angela says:

    Bravo to Forbes Everett Landis! I wish this piece could appear on the front page of every newspaper in North America.

    I would just like to gently persuade Mr. Landis to spend some more time with Michael’s music, especially the later albums (post-Thriller), in the hope that he might become a fan. Preferring one particular genre of music does not mean we can’t appreciate others. Michael loved classical music too, as Mr. Landis does, and he masterfully structured many of his compositions to include classical elements, such as the steady building of a song from a quiet introduction to a powerful climax, the incorporation of a choral ensemble, the use of orchestral instruments (especially strings) to create many layers of texture in the sound.

    Remember that the “classical” music we listen to today was not known by that name in its day. In fact, some of its composers were ridiculed in their lifetime. Consider that perhaps, for future generations, Michael’s music will have a place in the classical genre. One thing we know for certain is that he will continue to inspire other composers and artists long after we are gone.

    Thank you again to Mr. Landis!

    All for love,

    Angela

  5. Galina says:

    Thank you, Seven for this GREAT article! Yes, after what happened to Michael Jackson I can not trust media anymore… I hope Oprah will read this article!
    Love

  6. Nancy says:

    What an amazing article. It speaks to so much of what I feel…the junk tabloid media, the trail of accusers and how all that was beautiful about Michael Jackson has been so obscured, allowing everyone to make a profit off of him. It seems to me the public can be swayed so easily, especially the American public who bought into all of the media’s lies and accusations by vultures. The people who watch and/or pay for the tabloid media have also played a role in creating the whole media circus. I too have thought that the media and public were bullying Michael for being different. One of my favorite interviews of Michael is at his family’s Encino home during the Thriller years. The interview takes place outside and he is talking about was inspires him and then all of the sudden he jumps up on the fountain and starts singing and gesturing with his arms, as though he is about to fly away. I can tell he cannot contain himself because he is in awe of the beautiful evening. He exclaims he could just about take flight. His mind was always creating and that’s what makes a genius stand out from the rest of us. Just think if the public and media had embraced all that made him different from the general public…his genius and monumental talent and humanitarianism. I cannot fathom what he would have given the world. Thank you Seven for bringing this article to our attention. Yes, it would be a great article for Oprah to read Galina!

  7. dez says:

    WOW that article, amazing article that the Media & the haters should read. Thank you Mr. Landis!!!! I wish more people are just like him!!

  8. carina for mjj says:

    First many thanks for this article Seven.It is indeed strange that Michael Jackson almost divides people to For & Against camps. It leads to a certain caution regarding the subject. If one is “For” and opens, starts taking “For” -the result may be just a quering expression & hmm yeah.. .
    Still I have a more optimistic view on the longterm perspective.Much due to writers of above article and others who have spoken out.Also his music is great and never boring.Supporters must
    not give up seeking for justice for MJJ and remind the world of his humanitarian work, much of which was carried out of public view.
    At this point the weirdeast is the “justice situation”.This is indeed a pivotal showcase for the whole US justice system.(I do not belittle other causes &cases that have problems too) .
    It comes more and more to resemble a Greek tragedy. The killing started many years before murray appeared on the scene. So many other people have built their fame and wealth on Michael.
    Foremost I suggest that all proceeds from Opårah%LMP interview go to “Jusica for Michael Jackson)

  9. carina for mjj says:

    Justice for Michael Jackson!!
    For starters sign the petition for revoking murray´s medical license.( On “This is Not It” site.

  10. Jeanne says:

    I think the article is well written . Good to see this because many who are not musical fans or have this joyful attachment to Michael Jackson are among the many who are removed emotionally from Michael and these people have no opinion one way or the other about Michaels existence on this planet . But here is an educated well spoken gentleman who had the decency to address the obvious unjust ways a man was treated. Not just a celebrity , but a man . And bravo that he did . Mr. Landis thank you so much for this . I feel your contribution to this subject of unfairness to an innocent human being is exceptional and a wake up call to many who would have not given this case a thought one way or another . It is important and a serious matter that all should hear about and learn from so that this will never ever again happen to any man or woman . The cruelty of the way Michael was treated in his life time went on right in front of our face and many said nothing and just gave in to the belief of what greed driven motives wanted them to see. The cruelty in that respect was excepted as the norm . But it is not normal no more than any other cruelty that goes on now or in our past and should have never ever been able to go on as long as this did to a point of insanity . We all look back now and wonder how this could have happened to a wonderful person who gave so much. It happened because we allowed it to. We looked the other way . We excepted it and moved on with our lives like it did not apply to us , But indeed any form of abuse to another human being does apply to us . To tolerate this behavior , is excepting it . We can never let this happen again because no dollar amount is worth it . Ever. It is called blood money . And it is evil. So do we still look the other way when tabloid news generates huge dollars . And to who’s expense ? Maybe yours . What kind of empire are the dollars building . Do you want to live in this empire ? You want your children there ? Think about it . Fairness and human kindness is everyones responsibility .Michael spent his lifetime making this point .

  11. carina for mjj says:

    An innocent man has been killed by the biased media and big business. Let us hope that justice
    may prevail.

  12. Gavin Saunders says:

    Humankind has so much more evolving to do.

    Until the public recognises they are inculcating a system where profit comes before all else, the corporate cowboys being hired to generate shareholder profits will continue to proliferate.

    I read somewhere that as we age, truth becomes more valuable. Apparently this does not apply to the media industry moguls.

  13. Bluelotus says:

    Amazing! Amazing! What an article….how articulate…what a lovely balanced toned! How beautifully it covered aspects of Michael’s life! I pray God that more such people awaken in America to the true nature of MJ…that the damage be undone sonner than later!

    The rest of the world especially Asia, is already telling bedtime stories about MJ 🙂

  14. Bluelotus says:

    I think this http://hubpages.com/hub/Does-American-Dream-Have-to-Die-With-Michael-Jackson is the updated version of the article and has more details about the 1993 case. I picked it up from the comments on the page.

  15. carina for MJJ says:

    Thank you for the beutiful photo and haunting words abour MJJ.He will never be forgotten

  16. Joyce says:

    Seven,
    I just now read the article that you linked from the AllforLove Blog. I am overwhelmed by the courage that it took for the author to write this incredible piece. She provides an amazing amount of insight, that only someone who has so sadly been through such painful experiences, could actually provide. This is what people need to read and understand especially someone like Oprah( sorry to bring her name up again). It is so unfortunate that some groups, like S.N.A.P., who’s purpose is to provide support to victims of abuse which is certainly needed, cannot see that they are actually becoming the abusers when they lash out at Michael Jackson every chance they get. He is also a victim of false accusations and media abuse and they continue to perpetuate it.

    Thank you again Seven for sharing this inspiring article. I am so sorry for the pain that you also experienced, which no child should ever have to bear. Your inner strength shines through in this beautiful website.

  17. Raven says:

    Seven, thanks for mentioning my artcle in your blog. Sending hugs your way as a fellow survivor! I hope more of us will find the courage to speak out and take a stand and let the world know that there are many of us who DO support Michael!

  18. Joyce says:

    Thank you Raven, for writing such a personal and inspiring article. It gave me so much more to consider in my own views and even more desire to speak out in defense of truth and justice for Michael that is so long overdue!
    You and Seven are two very talented, courageous and inspiring ladies!

  19. Tanya says:

    For(bes) Ever(ett) Land(is)…

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