Sep 01 2010

If MLK’s dream had been realized, Michael Jackson might still be alive

Category: Humanitarian,Justice,MJ Quotes,PhotosSeven @ 3:51 am

The Eyes of Innocence

Dear Michael - The Eyes of Innocence

Yes. I truly believe that. A cacophony of events leading up to and surrounding Michael’s birthday brought all this together for me and I can make that statement with a great deal of certainty, judging by what I’ve seen regarding the way he was treated in his life, and by what I still see now in the current political, legal, and social landscape.

Besides Michael’s impending birthday, there were other things swirling around, which mixed current political events with our nation’s civil rights history in some very untoward, abusive, disingenuous, putrid, and sneaky ways. It made me realize how very little has changed when it comes to true racial equality and the civil rights movement.

First, there was Glenn Beck and the Tea Party’s attempt at “reclaiming the civil rights movement” on August 28th, the day before Michael’s birthday. Now, Beck claims he didn’t know that this was the 47th anniversary of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Once he found out he stated that his intent then was to “reclaim” the movement – a movement that he and the Tea Party initially had absolutely nothing to do with (thus “reclaiming” it is nonsense) and which we are very much not done with, thankyouverymuch. No, Mr. Beck you may not have it and you will not have it.

Whether Beck knew or did not know that August 28th was such an anniversary, his ignorance and/or arrogance is in my opinion astounding but nonetheless befitting a well-to-do white mouthpiece for a racist movement which is busily fomenting the kind of ignorance, hatred and division we’d hoped to be done with by this time in our history – and which Michael Jackson fought against all his life.

I share below a quote from another article about another anniversary on August 28th which many people are not aware of:

What people have not recognized is that Dr. King’s 1963 speech itself fell on another significant anniversary–the August 28, 1955 lynching of Mother Mobley’s son, Emmett Till, who was accused of whistling at a white woman on his visit with relatives in the Mississippi Delta.

. . .

Eight years ago, I visited her on the anniversary of Emmett’s lynching. I brought flowers because, well, it just seemed like the right thing to do. She was despondent and told me that people always called her on the 28th of August. They would say, “You know what day this is, don’t you?” And she looked at me deeply with eyes that long ago had run out of tears and said, “I don’t need reminders. I can never forget this day.”

She would want us to remember, too. Not just the event. But its meaning.

That is why Mother Mobley, a Chicago teacher who mined her grief for a mission in life, would see Saturday’s collision of symbols as a teachable moment. She understood the politics of difference, the politics of place. As an African American whose family had barely escaped Southern atrocities, she recognized the potential pushback when you stepped out of place. Like whistling at a white woman. Or living in the White House.

So she would see parallels between then and now. She could interpret the code, the messages of hate and racism that get embedded in the vocabulary of patriotism. Years ago, she tuned into what we all now recognize, in the parlance of Politico.com, as “dog whistle politics,” that perfect pitch of the rabid right.

-SOURCE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-benson/beckapalooza-tramples-on-_b_696715.html

Second, there are the Koch Brothers. These two very rich white guys are major funders of the Tea Party movement, though they don’t like it when their names are mentioned or seen in connection with it. Judging by the blatantly racist signs we’ve seen them waving at their rallys, I guess I don’t blame them for wanting to keep their support a secret. They have been by far one of Obama’s biggest detractors on virtually every issue, having waged a veritable political war against him since he took office. They covertly fund various think tanks such as Americans for Prosperity and the Cato Institute and many others, though their names are difficult if not impossible to find in connection with those organizations – and that is just the way they like it. These guys own oil companies, carpet manufacturers, paper towel brands, and many other corporate interests. Much like the Carlyle Group – they are one of the most influential owners and controllers of our society and political discourse you’ve never heard of. They’ve paid for busses to bus people to Tea Party events such as the one last Saturday, and one of the Koch brothers himself spoke at Beck’s rally along with Americans for Prosperity’s President Tim Phillips. Much more detail on these guys, their background, their covert political tentacles, and their modus operandi can be found here: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer?currentPage=all

Third, I watched in horror as Mr. Alan Simpson of the “Deficit Reduction Commissionrailed nastily about Social Security and those who depend on the program. His remarks seemed very typical of an out-of-touch well-cared-for politician who will never have to depend on that program for survival. What was worse than what this guy said was what didn’t happen after he said it. It took less than 24 hours for Shirley Sherrod to be ousted from her job within that administration – no questions asked – based upon a chopped-up, taken out-of-context YouTube video created by a notorious racist which was meant to frame and target Ms. Sherrod (and whom she is now rightfully suing). But Mr. Simpson got to keep his job – no questions asked. Racism? Sexism? Or just “politics“? Hmmm…

Fourth, various stories I picked up on during the week: An article I read recently in an independent paper talks about ‘backlash‘ – that seeing a black man in the White House is something that some people simply cannot take. I think there’s a lot to that, unfortunately.

Another story I got wind of was one where a Muslim man helped save some of his neighbors after Katrina in New Orleans. His “reward” for his kindness to his neighbors was being targeted by police, arrested for no reason other than being Muslim, being accused of being a terrorist and working with Al Queda, being put in prison for no reason other than he was Muslim, and denied communication with his wife and children the entire time.

This is just exactly the kind of ignorance, hatred, and fear Michael Jackson railed against, sang against, and fought against all his life.

We must learn to live and to love each other before it’s too late. We have to stop the prejudice, we have to stop the hating, we have to stop living in fear of our own neighbors.

-Michael Jackson

And lastly, while threats against a newly elected president usually increase right after an election, Barack Obama was the first black president ever elected. Because of that and because racism is still rampant in the United States, the threats against newly-elected President Obama spiked a shocking %400 percent or so. This is unprecedented in the history of the United States. Anyone harboring the idea that just because we managed to elect a black President, that racism is over, or that things have even improved that much, had better think again. This very obviously is far from the truth.

While there were other larger factors such as individual and corporate greed, pure jealousy, typical corporate parasitism and abuse (the modus operandi of disaster capitalism), and sheer competition for power and money, the destruction of Michael Jackson and his life is also tied inextricably into all this racist mess, past and present. Michael married Elvis’s daughter – a white woman. Emmett Till whistled at a white woman. Both were destroyed – lynched for it (and for other reasons too, in Michael’s particular case of unforgivable blackness).

Emmitt Till

Emmett Till

Michael Jackson was lynched because he had the talent, money, magnetism, the following, and the power to change the world and he tried through songs about loving and caring for all of humanity and the planet, healing the world. Those who benefit most from the status quo – those who profit so handsomely from the hatred, ignorance, division, and from the parasitic corporate greed under which we live – weren’t going to have any part of that being changed – especially by some black man who can sing and dance. He was lynched because he not only whistled at a white woman, he married one – the daughter of a white rock-and-roll icon no less. He was lynched because he had the audacity to buy and own white iconic group The Beatles, and own half of $ony. And as soon as Michel started noticeably selling records singing and dancing in the 1970s, the media started their campaign on him, and it spiraled out of control from there. The more famous and rich and powerful Michael Jackson became, the worse the negative definitions, the abuse and attempts at control and/or destruction became.

All Michael Jackson was ever ‘guilty‘ of was ‘Unforgivable Blackness‘, of having unprecedented talent, a heart bigger than he was, an innocent mind, and an astute knowledge and unwavering focus on his purpose here on Earth. They didn’t lynch Michael Jackson with a noose but he was damn well lynched nonetheless.

The powers that be which benefit mightily from the status-quo, from things staying just as they are, weren’t going to have any part of allowing him any of this without a fight – without making him pay for what he’d done and was trying to do; for what they saw and evidently still see as an affront to white power and social, political, legal, and economic domination in this society. Thus, the the edict was simply: Destroy Him. And so they did. Our political, legal, propaganda (media), capitalist, and social system was brought to destroy Michael Jackson emotionally, spiritually, professionally, and economically. They can’t use rope anymore or hang them from a tree. Now, they simply use different means to lynch black men these days – and some white people too if they get too close to the truth and/or have too much power to change things from the status quo.

The strange fruit still hangs from the trees in the garden of hatred, division, ignorance and greed. Not that much has changed, except the size of their mob and the methods they use.

To the imperial media Jackson was guilty of everything of which he had ever been accused, like Jack Johnson, Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King, Elvis Presley and John Lennon. The problem with all of these and with Bob Marley, Patrice Lumumba and Jean Bertrand Aristide is that they connected in a fundamental way with ordinary people, and that, to the rulers of our world and their servile media, is supremely dangerous.John Maxwell

Martin Luther King’s dream is not realized yet. NO — Glenn Beck, you cannot “reclaim” the civil rights movement because you or this “Tea Party” were never part of it to start with, and because we are not done with it yet! The dream hasn’t yet materialized. Far, far from it.

There is so much work yet to be done. This backlash is backwards and that’s where these pitiable hungry ghosts want to go: Backwards. They want to reverse what little forward progress has been made on this issue, and as we can see it’s much less than we might wish, and much less than we might think.

If MLK’s dream had been realized, Michael Jackson might have been alive today to celebrate his 52nd birthday with his beautiful children. But it hasn’t. And just like Emmett Till, Michael Jackson was lynched – for whistling at a white woman, and then marrying her. The marriage was defined as “fake” and a “publicity stunt” by the largely white-owned and controlled media, which could not deal with the fact that a white woman and a black man could actually love one another in a romantic sense.

And just as significantly, it fed their ratings and profits to print and broadcast negative stories about Michael. The fact that he was black just made it that much easier.

Oh yes, they still lynch black people. And nothing has changed except the tools they use to do it.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are not done.  We have so much work to do, and on and in between all of Michael Jackson’s birthdays that he isn’t here to celebrate because he was lynched just like Emmett Till only with a different kind of rope and for more reasons, we need to keep that in mind.

Diane, a friend of mine, said Michael was much more than a man of “song and dance.” Michael was a heart that beat for the love of humanity.”

On Saturday August 28th, I spent 25 minutes talking to someone about these dots and how they all connected. That Glenn Beck gathering, The Koch Brothers and their covert operation to destroy Barack Obama’s Presidency, the contrast between how Shirley Sherrod and Alan Simpson were treated and the racist and sexist connotations of that, about Emmett Till and MLK and Michael Jackson and what was done to all of them and why;  about how when you want to destroy someone you find the one thing that is most near and dear to them – and that’s where you insert the knife. For Michael, that was children. They used what he loved most to destroy him. And it was intentional. And it was because he was a billionaire black man with power and influence who loved (literally and figuratively) all races and owned the music of some of the most prominent white icons of our times – and married one of their daughters. I talked about how ever since Michael bought the $ony/ATV catalog, it seemed that $ony declared war on the entity that was Michael Jackson in order to get and keep control of that catalog of music. He was too powerful, too loved, too loving, too rich, and had too much influence – and he was unforgivably black.

When they blather on about how Michael ‘hated being black‘ and so wanted to bleach his skin: Well, it wasn’t Michael Jackson who hated his blackness or his race. It was the people accusing Michael Jackson of hating his race – who hate his race. They are the one who hated Michael Jackson’s blackness. There was, IMO a whole lotta projection going on there. They wipe their filthy racist feet on Michael Jackson, their projected hatred smeared on his face like so much shit.

By the time I was done with my little rant, someone said to me:

You know, there was a shadow of doubt in my mind about whether Michael was really innocent of the allegations against him. There was a part of me that still wasn’t sure. But now that I’ve listened to you, I am convinced he was innocent and I can see how all this ties together and it makes sense – what they did to him and why.”

I just smiled. I don’t normally talk that much. Unless I’ve got something to say. Well, I had something to say. And I changed a mind about Michael that day and made someone who was believing a lot of the media crap and propaganda about him – see the truth.

Happy Birthday Michael. It’s not much. But, it’s my gift to you.



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{ NOTE: I am personally and intentionally not a member of any political party and my political views vary depending on the issue. I call it as I see it. Period. If comments on this article become too heated or divisive I will SHUT them down. This is not a political forum. Discussion of racist treatment as pertains to Michael Jackson is allowed. Discussion of political ideologies are not. Also, THANK YOU to Diane and iJay for the awesome videos and support for this piece! -Seven }

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45 Responses to “If MLK’s dream had been realized, Michael Jackson might still be alive”

  1. Solar says:

    It has been said that the Original Sin of America is RACISM.

    From around the world, we are gathered here as virtual witnesses to the murder of God’s latest messenger in human form, Michael Jackson, who worked tirelessly in trying to erase that curse on America.

    What will it take for this to be finally eradicated in America?

  2. Dialdancer says:

    Seven,

    As usual you have touched upon a subject that far too often overlooked. One that needs to be addressed over and over. I had a supervisor who said; “If you hide your head in the sand you will get kicked in the butt….often”

    I am tracking Hurricane Earl as it may affect me. I see where another oil platform is on fire. There is a comment here which says; “If Obrother wasn’t in office this wouldn’t be happening, vote for _____ 2010” If that is not the most ignorant thing I’ve heard recently. Hopefully this person does not have children, is not in a position to influence children thinking.

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    FF made a comment to the effect how could the Media not know Michael had Vitiligo. In August Diane Sawyer interviewed a reportedly imminent Dermatologist who verified Michael’s condition. Sawyer says….so it SEEMS..Jackson really did have Vitiligo! What the hell do you mean…..seems. As if there is any question about it, as if there wasn’t a physician who discussed this during the 2005 trial, who reported Michael first sought treatment to restore his natural color.

    The interjection of the Beatles and Elvis and Paul McCartney into stories about Michael, but not in reverse is something even music buffs who aren’t fans of Michael’s music have noticed. Billboard’s attributing Michael’s most popular song as SAY, SAY, SAY was so patently insulting they may as well came out and said; “we will not give Jackson credit for anything” His finances are discussed as if he was a middle income worker rather than a millionaire involved in multiple business with several hundred workers having some deal turn out well and some not, like any other business man. Discussions which ignored that after the 93 civil suit settlement his time in court tripled and the courts were not all that fair in their judgments.

    Why is it not one journalist except Charles Thomson mentioned that Michael registered a song he named “TII” 3 years prior to he and Anka working on a song which is later reported as stolen from Anka as if he were the sole writer? Why were there no investigations comparing the music to see if Anka should have received 50% of the CD’s revenue just a rush to call MJ a theft? You can be sure if it had been the other way around Michael would still be in court today. What if Willie Nelson had gotten the Catalog and used it to pay off his IRS debt(s) would there still be this nasty overbearing attitude towards the owner of the catalog? (no disrespect to Mr. Nelson)

    Have you ever wondered what would have happened if Michael had been white? There are female fans that had to leave because they were forced to choose between Fanship of Michael and family, and friends. Simmons is ok Michael not. There are females who are insulted and verbally assaulted because they enjoy the physical look of him and are condemned much in the manner of the old southern white female who associated with a black man.

    Saying Michael looked freakish was meant to stop woman from desiring him and when that did not work there was an attempt to use most of society’s homophobia by labeling him Gay. Since neither assertion was turning us away the two were combined and with his desire to be with the young, those who were not looking for anything but love and a common male preference to hang out with males to create an image of the most horrible of individuals, a molester of young boys. Because our society sees a male molesting a boy worse than a girl it was ensured that no pictures of Michael playing with, riding on Disney rides or being affection with a little girl was published. It wasn’t until June this year I learned the Kardashian girls played at Neverland and that Kim had her 14Th Birthday party there

    For those who have read MJ’s FBI file and/or the 1993 report you get the sense of what was running thru the heads of the men involved. The FBI Agent a man who is suppose to be a trained investigator possessing analytical skill went as far as to inject his own prejudices into the report when he referred to Bubbles twice or the consideration to using the Man Act.

    A racial and sexual stereotyping created by men borne of their own ignorance, jealousies and fears deployed as a weapon to destroy one Man.

  3. Ali says:

    Gosh, where do i begin?!
    i tried to post the last 2 nights, late and spent so long i fell asleep both times before i finished – am very tired at the moment. but i had so much wanted to say. i’m not going to say it all now as much has been said by others in some amazing posts
    Thanks Seven for bringing up this issue. i absolutely agree, with everything you and everyone else has said. i have long believed racism has been and still is at the bottom of Michael’s bad treatment and it cuts at my heart and chest till it feels physical, it makes me want to scream.

    Michael was and is a phenomenal force in breaking down racial barriers and drawing people together in a way i cannot think anyone else has ever done, because of his musical and creative talent and the way he used it. Everything he did and said was motivated by wanting to do this, along with wanting to address other world problems, and it is outrageous that so many accused him of denying his race. He was a black man through and through and was immensely proud of that. What is also stunning is that God gave him a skin condition that brought a bigger brighter spotlight on the entire issue. this spotlight forces discussion of race and colour and reveals racism where it may have been hidden because as i think i said somehwere else here the very obsession of people who go on and on about his change in colour blah blah blah, is itself racism by the continued obsession with it. if skin colour doesn’t matter why focus on it? just let it go and enjoy the man.
    However as you Seven and others have said so eloquently, the effect of Michael was a threat to the establishment and those who want to maintain white power. so as soon as they recognised what was happening – and i didn’t realise but am not surprised that this started in 70’s, – they began to tear down the man who stepped out of his place and dared to believe he could be as good as and better than a white musician. How evil and yet also how pathetic and stupid. and yet also how tragic not only personally for Michael, how tragic for the world that instead of further developing his art and creative gifts to us, he had to spend so much time and energy tied up fighting attacks and legal problems. my mind cannot imagine what we have missed out on as a result and my heart aches and screams for the pain he endured.

    there are so many people who can testify that their lives and thoughts about race were influenced by the J5 and Michael in particular. i was about 7 or 8 when i was captivated, that was in 1971/2 when i first saw them on tv. i remember sitting on the floor in front of the tv mesmerised by the energy, the sound, Michael’s eyes and his LIFE. he was a kid but i was littler and to me he was a boy to look up to and ‘fancy’ (not sexually, i didn’t know about that at that age), he was a bright star. i am white, brought up in a middle class family in a village in kent, outside London. there were no black people where i lived, my experience at that time did not inlude meeting any black people. there was not any prejudice in this it was just circumstances. i would have seen other black people on tv but i don’t really remember, they would not have been young like J5 and wouldn’t have made an impact on me at that age, so i can say really that Michael and his brothers was my first encounter with people who were not white. as a child of 7 of course i could see they were a different race to me but as a child there was no concept of this as a barrier, it didn’t matter, i just accepted it and i loved and admired them. as a young teenager later in 70’s with Michael’s face looking down at me from my bedroom wall, i started to become aware of racism in the world and i started to develop a strong sense of justice and injustice, about race but also about other social issues, which has only strengthened over the years. i don’t know if i would have become like that anyway, how can i know, but i do think that the Michael effect at an early age was key.
    multiply that simple account millions of times and it is possible to see just how Michael and J5 have affected world history, without even taking Michael’s other words and humanitarian actions into account.

    something i nearly posted on another thread here but didn’t cos it didn’t fit and i didn’t want to taint the loveliness of that thread, so i am SO glad you have posted this, is this:

    1993 – Michael began the year wanting to be more interactive with the media and world and show the world more of himself as a person – so he went on Oprah and spoke honestly and compellingly about himself and in the process explained his love for children. then a few months later lo and behold he is accused of child molestation.
    1995 ? – Michael and LMP wanted to straighten out misconceptions and rumours about their marriage and the settlement – so they did the Diane Sawyer interview – then he is sued for daring to speak about his innocence!
    2002 – 3 – Michael again wanted to straighten out misperceptions of himself and improve his image so he did the LWMJ thing – then a few months later he is again accused of child molestation.

    the accusations only seem to come as a response to him daring to reach out to the world and present the truth about himself and what he believes in. if he had been truly doing these things why do they not come at any other time? apart from the fact they were lies of course, they didn’t come because he was appearing to put up with the bashing and bullying, as soon as he raised his head above the parapet to speak out and publicly stand up for himself, he had to be pushed firmly down again. like he was being told ‘shut up or we’ll get you’.
    could this have happened without being deliberately orchestrated? i don’t believe so.

    I think FF made some very good points and i particularly want to agree with the last paragraph, Michael grew up under our eyes and was intensely scrutinised constantly – yet there is no evidence he was anything but very kind, and anti any sort of violence and violation of innocence and rights – so why in the world would anyone believe he was capable of the actions he was accused of when there is no evidence to suggest it? there is no logical explanation, only the evil explanation that it was all orchestrated and was done from racist motives.

    the other important factor – the pictures published of him in tabloids that accompany the wacko and freak headlines. pictures that so many times do not actually match what he looked like at all. one case in point i have wanted to ask about for ages – that mugshot photo. is that real? it just doesn’t look like Michael. how is it similar to the photo on your ‘lost’ post which was taken around the same time, maybe a year later.(thats why i asked when it was taken). and its not similar to how he looked in LWMJ a year earlier. is there another picture taken in 2003 around the time he handed himself in to police and was horrifically and SO needlessly handcuffed to make a point ‘we’ve got him’? i will carry on looking for one. but the saying goes ‘pictures are worth a thousand words’ and they deliberately avoid the many many good pictures of him and publish manipulated ones and ‘bad hair day’ ones to make people think he must be weird. which is SO strange when he was actually so beautiful at all stages in his life and there are so many other pictures to choose from!
    but not strange if you realise it was all deliberate to destroy him. and what other reason could there possibly have been.

  4. David says:

    @ Dialdancer

    Just a slight correction: that billboard countdown of MJ’s top 50 hits was based on a mathematical formula that calculated the weighted average of how much time each song spent in the top 100 songs. The higher the song charted, the more points it earned. “Say, Say, Say” earned a few more points because it spent more time in the top 20 and 40 than “Billie Jean”. Trust me, when I first saw the list, my eyes popped out of my head because I couldn’t comprehend how “Say, Say, Say” could possibly top “Bille Jean”, but once I read the rules I understood. I copied below the rules of how the points were determined:

    How This Chart Was Created
    The ranking of Michael Jackson’s top 50 Billboard hits is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. For example, while “Billie Jean” spent one more week at No. 1 and two more weeks on the chart than “Say Say Say,” Jackson’s collaboration with Paul McCartney spent more weeks in the top 10 (13-11), the top 20 (16-12) and more weeks in the top 40 (18-17) than “Jean” did.

    Prior to the Hot 100’s implementation in 1991 of enhanced radio and sales information from Nielsen BDS and Nielsen SoundScan, songs had shorter reigns at No. 1 and shorter chart lives. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from Michael Jackson’s entire recording career, earlier time frames were each weighted to account for the difference between turnover rates from those decades and the turnover rates that have occurred since the advent of Nielsen Music data.

    http://www.billboard.com/features/michael-jackson-the-billboard-cover-story-1004098778.story#/features/1004098667.story

  5. Jane Heider says:

    ANOTHER TRAGIC STORY…

    Alternate Name – born: Sam Cook
    Born: 1 – 21 – 1931 in Clarksdale, MS
    Died: 12 – 11 – 1964 in Los Angeles, CA

    THE STORY
    From: T. White’s Rock Lives: Profiles and Interviews, 1990, Henry Holt
    According to the principals involved, Cooke had picked up a Eurasian girl named Elisa Boyer at a bar on the evening of December 10, 1964,and she had accepted his Offer of a ride home. Instead he drove them to a motel on South Figueroa in Los Angeles and registered as “Mr. and Mrs. Cooke.” Boyer told police that she insisted he take her home, but that Cooke refused and forced her into the motel room. She testified that he “began to rip my clothes off.” When Cooke went into the bath-room, she fled on foot with her clothes and most of Cooke’s. Clad only in a sports jacket and his shoes, he pursued her. The manager of the motel, Mrs. Bertha Lee Franklin, told police that Cooke kicked in the door of her apartment and accused her of harboring the girl (who was actually in a nearby telephone booth, calling the police). Franklin testified that Cooke struck her twice with his fist. She responded by producing a .22 caliber pistol and firing three shots; one hit Cooke in the chest.
    Mortally wounded, he continued to charge her, she said, so she bludgeoned him with a stick. When the police arrived, they found him dead on the floor.
    His wife, Barbara, became hysterical when police notified her at their Hollywood home; with her were two of their children, a third child having drowned in their swimming pool that summer.
    Thousands of anguished fans stormed the main chapel at the A, R. Leak Funeral Home at 7838 Cottage Grove in Chicago during the public wake, breaking glass and splintering wood. One woman screamed, “Please, let me in! I’ve never seen anything like this in my life!”
    Shortly before Cooke’s death, he had been a guest vocalist with the Soul Stirrers at an anniversary concert in Chicago. When he took the microphone to raise his pure, sweet voice in Stirrers standards like “Jesus Wash Away My Troubles” and “Nearer to Thee,” the crowd fell silent and then began to castigate him. “Get that blues singer down!” they yelled angrily. “This is a Christian program! Get that no- good so-and-so down!”
    Cooke walked off the stage in tears.

    A note from David Cook, Jr., the son of Sam Cooke’s younger brother David:
    “As far as the story behind his death, the family has information that leads us to believe a set-up and cover-up were involved. The media is not always correct.” ~David Cook, Jr. 4-11-99

  6. Seven says:

    …More on the Sam Cook case:

    Boyer’s story is the only account of what happened between the two that night; however, her story has long been called into question. Inconsistencies between her version of events and details reported by other witnesses, as well as circumstantial evidence (e.g., cash that Cooke was reportedly carrying was never recovered, and Boyer was soon after arrested for prostitution),[14] invited speculation that Boyer may have gone willingly to the motel with Cooke, then slipped out of the room with Cooke’s clothing in order to rob him, rather than to escape an attempted rape.[6][13]

    Such questions were ultimately deemed beyond the scope of the inquest. . .

    …now doesn’t the above sound familiar? This is the same way authorities have narrowed their focus in the case of Michael’s murder when there are so many truly involved in events leading to his death if not his murder itself. They do this when they are not interested in all the facts of the case. They slam the door in the face of Justice because they decided it doesn’t matter when it damn well does. Just because they say it’s irrelevant – doesn’t mean it is.

  7. TLS says:

    Thanks, Jane, for remembering Sam Cooke. I think of him often when I think of MJ. And I worry about the fact that justice was never obtained for the man who gave us “Change Gonna Come” (even though nearly everyone plays the Otis Redding cover of it, Cooke’s own is BEAUTIFUL!).

    The wikipedia entry cited by Seven also contains this:”,,,singer Etta James claimed that she viewed Cooke’s body in the funeral home and that the injuries she observed were well beyond what could be explained by the official account…James described Cooke as having been so badly beaten that his head was nearly separated from his shoulders, his hands were broken and crushed, and his nose mangled.”

    I’m sickened and heartbroken that Cooke’s brutal murder isn’t worth solving, and worried that MJ will not receive justice either. But there are legions fighting for Jackson right now and I don’t see it going away. And there are the children; both Paris and Prince look strong to me. I have a vision of Paris, with her glasses on, digging up a truth that can’t be denied. I also have a vision of Sony’s death. I’m going to hold to those visions and in the meantime do whatever I can to help make them happen.

    I just went back to wiki to check my facts and found this out about Cooke’s version of the song: “Despite its acclaim, legal troubles have haunted the single since its release. A dispute between Cooke’s music publisher, ABKCO, and record company, RCA Records, made the recording unavailable for much of the four decades since its release.” What can stop this Greed Monster? Maybe us.

  8. Seven says:

    TLS,

    Ah yes. I remember reading that bit about how mangled Cooke’s body was.

    Isn’t it interesting the similarities between these other black luminaries and Michael – the similar injustices perpetrated on them in life, and the similar disinterest in justice and in properly rectifying their legacies upon their deaths?

  9. FF says:

    What’s fascinating about all of these accounts is that it’s always the same: separate the successful black man from his money, sanity, life, varying combinations, or all three.

    As for the Billboard calculation, it’s based on airplay in part – there’s the consideration that a duet with an ex-Beatle may have been played for on stations that might have been initially reluctant. But that too is part of the point: it’s interesting how – no matter what the data is – Michael is never given his due and sole credit, it’s either denied him and/or shared/given to someone else, the implication being it’s *due* to someone else. His multitude of achievements are then minimised and/or denigrated. It’s like all the recaps on Thriller seem to focus on Landis’ video, as if it wasn’t Michael who asked for his participation and not the other way around.

    It will continue to be the same too… because it apparently seems to work. All you have to do is suggest that a black man is inherently untrustworthy and implicate his sexuality somehow and some people seem to have a reflex reaction that bypasses all critical faculties. And then nobody questions why the majority of all serial killers are white. I’d say it’s because they have to kill several people before some will accept that they killed ANYBODY.

    I hadn’t known the full story about Cooke, I’d just known he died young. How come all of the prodigious black talent is destroyed this way, unless it serves a particular agenda? Again because until now it’s been working and nobody’s questioned it. Even consider the way that Michael’s fans are always painted as ‘crazy’. I’d say if there was a reason for a fandom to go crazy it’s MJJ fans with all they’ve had thrown at them and dismissed, and yet for the most part I find them incredibly well informed.

    Thanks Seven, for this site.

  10. Anne Laurier Bertram says:

    Thank you so much Seven, I fully agree with your thoughts about Michael’s lynching .. This is the most HORRIBLE story I have ever heard those last years about racism !
    I really hope that Justice will restore the PRIDE back into the name: MICHAEL JACKSON
    Michael is definitely one of the greatest HUMAN BEINGS on earth
    LOVE YOU MICHAEL FOREVER …

    Love from so far away France
    Anne

  11. Ellen says:

    All of the posts were incredibly honest and the pain that was so unjustly dumped on Michael breaks my heart so deeply. I just wish all of this was AIRED ON MAINSTREAM TV SO EVERYBODY, NOT JUST MJ FANS COULD HEAR IT. I am so concerned that justice will not be served in the upcoming trial of Dr.(?) Conrad Murray. There are so many others who have contributed to the pain and destruction of this unique and amazing soul that it is unbelievable. What must we do to vindicate and bring justice to our sweet angel? I have so little confidence in what lies ahead. May God help us all and may our sweet, beautiful Michael rest in peace and enjoy heaven with our Creator for all eternity.

  12. dimple says:

    very well said!A big thank you for this uplifting article.God bless you.

  13. Dee says:

    Seven, another fabulous post. I have to agree with you on all counts in that Michael was mocked, vilified and ridiculed beyond belief, and for many years, relentlessly. However, I do not believe that this always had a connection with racism. Indeed, there are racists out there who will inevitably have jumped on the media-manipulation bandwagon simply because he was black, but the issue is not really about racism and although Michael spoke through his songs, his charitable giving and in person about racism, he didn’t play the race card, because he knew that the issue went a lot deeper than that. Much of the media who vilified Michael are also extremely anti racism, so much so that they will vilify and expose anyone and everyone who has even a remote connection to something deemed as racist. Therefore, this cannot be the issue underlying much of the inhumane treatment dished out against Michael. I personally believe that it was much more about good vs evil. If you look at many artists in the music industry today, many start out with good intentions, moral values, decency. And they soon become tainted with a different brush. If they do not follow the crowd and go with the image that ‘sells’ (ie. lust, power, greed, promiscuity etc) then they are ridiculed and condemned, as Michael was throughout his life. Many people do not like to see the good in others. It makes them feel bad. Michael’s light shone out clear and bright, and therefore it attracted the darkness. He was not willing to bow to the industry, and therefore, the industry, and media who refused to see his goodness, endeavoured to destroy him.

  14. BG says:

    MJ = black, powerful, genius and a good man with a lot of influence. Too much for some.

  15. Amy Lee says:

    Michael Jackson Is The Best 80’s Pop Singer At All Time I Love Michael Jackson

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