“If Martin Luther was livin’/ He wouldn’t let this be/ Skin head, dead head / Everybody’s gone bad” sang Michael Jackson in the song “They Don’t Care About Us.” The lyrics are striking a chord again now, three days after the tragedy in Charlottesville.
Taken from the album HIStory: Past, Present and Future – Book I, released in 1995, “They Don’t Care About Us” is probably Michael Jackson’s most politically-engaged track.
And with good reason. The song openly discusses racial discrimination, skinheads, Martin Luther King, and the passive stance authorities often take against injustice. “All I want to say is that/ They don’t really care about us,” crooned the King of Pop, implicitly referring to people of color in America.