May 20 2012

“To Lie And Shame The Race” | Jack. Michael. Muhammad.

Category: Books,Justice,VideosSeven @ 1:46 am

In their fourth series of educational short films, The Michael Jackson Academia Project finds some interesting correlations in regards to the deliberate and systemic destruction of Michael Jackson’s public image. These latest MJAP videos suggest that the methods of personal and professional destruction used against Michael Jackson were the same as those used against Muhammad Ali, Jack Johnson, and others.

Michael himself mentioned Jack Johnson in an interview with Jesse Jackson (from 4:47-5:27), when Jesse asked Michael how he dealt with the pain of the allegations flung at him. Michael was very aware of this pattern of systemic destruction of successful black men in America. He had mentioned it in various interviews such as the aforementioned, and expressed his awareness of it and his frustration with it in many of his songs.

“To Lie And Shame The Race” | Jack. Michael. Muhammad. Chapter One:

“To Lie And Shame The Race” | Jack. Michael. Muhammad. Chapter Two:


Recommended reading:

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson by Geoffrey C. Ward (2004). Unforgivable Blackness, a film directed by Ken Burns, is also available on DVD from PBS, along with a study guide for teachers.

Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times by Thomas Hauser (1992).

Huey P. Newton: The Radical Theorist By Judson L. Jeffries (2002).

I also encourage you to read Dr. Sylvia Martin’s ‘The Roots and Routes of Michael Jackson’s Global Identity‘, just published in March of 2012.

All of these resources will provide an important learning and teaching perspective in regards to the pattern of destruction brought upon these men once they became successful in a world whose ruling powers were determined to keep them “in their place” and if it could not do that, to destroy their professional and personal reputations in any way possible.

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3 Responses to ““To Lie And Shame The Race” | Jack. Michael. Muhammad.”

  1. cjg says:

    Are there any transcripts of these Michael Jackson Academia projects available? Would love to share this with others.

  2. Seven says:

    There may be. You can message The MJAP on their YouTube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheMJAcademiaProject, or if you’re on twitter, tweet to @TheMJAP and ask them if they provide transcripts.

  3. Susanne says:

    The MJJJustice Project has started to publish transcripts of the videos:
    http://mjjjusticeproject.wordpress.com/

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