michael-jackson-1194269_640When I watched this video today I didn’t remember hearing it before. I wasn’t a die hard MJ fan so although I have heard many songs throughout the years, this one passed me by. Maybe, at that time, it didn’t have the same meaning to me then that it does today. The message is powerful.

The irony, though, is that he is talking about the black man, and the underclass of minorities, yet he did everything he could to alter his physical self to look as white as possible because he didn’t like being black and having black features. He even tried to pass off his whiteness as a skin disease instead of it being what it was – lightened skin – he wanted to be white. To sing a song that says, “They don’t care about us,” never applied to him and his privileges. He never lived as an invisible black man no one cared about. But many do.

Thanks to pushback.com for airing it again. If you don’t already know about this website they publish much about black history I never knew. Having black grandchildren it’s important to me to know so I can teach them. They sure won’t learn it in their classrooms in Texas schools.

 

10 thoughts on “Michael Jackson -They Don’t Care About Us

  1. MJ had wrote about this blackness / whiteness previously as well in the bestseller ‘Don’t Matter If You’re Black or White’. But this song is equally strong, and has a message. Always loved MJ. I grew up listening to his songs ‘Beat it”, “Billie Jean” and “Thriller” ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Wasn’t there another one he did with Paul McCartney using the black and white piano keys. That wasn’t the same song was it? Everyone knows it is wrong but it never changes. There is such a need by the white race to convince themselves their DNA is superior. Unfortunately they have too much of the wealth so it doesn’t matter if it is right or wrong.

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        1. I’m sure you have to contend with that when traveling to certain areas. When trump was beginning to campaign for the presidency and it became obvious the direction he was going in, I said then, once hate is let out of the bottle, how do we put it back in again? I have this hollow part in my gut that tells me we ain’t seen nothin’ yet. This past week in the pictures of the hate riots, these men and a few women were so young -20’s. They have never had to feel the consequences of their actions on their own lives. And now they don’t have to hide. Trump has neo-Nazis in the White House. No wonder he won’t denounce them. How bad does it have to get? How many have to get hurt?

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  2. I’d forgotten about this song and, as you said, it’s very powerful. I really love the drumming as well as the lyric. As a nurse, I always thought of Michael Jackson as someone who may have had a very severe case of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). But, of course, I don’t know for certain. It’s an interesting point that “they donโ€™t care about us” never applied to him and his privileges. I’m really glad you posted this and I am looking forward to perusing pushback.com. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. You make a good point. He never had to live the life of an underprivileged black kid, did he, so it seems kind of ludicrous. And he wanted so much to be white, obviously, so I think your assessment is right. But it doesn’t matter.He was desperately unhappy with himself. So many talented people people die of excess trying to let chemicals make them happy. they seem to all die young.

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