It is sad to say that today, more than ever, Michael Jackson’s message is still current and more so his message is still used to put a voice to the voiceless.
The world has experienced and continues to experience more terror, death and hatred than a decade ago. With the disgusting terrorist attacks on our neighbourhoods like in Paris, Brussels, Istanbul, Baghdad, people around the world are asking for peace. In every one of those cities attacked, people gathered together and started to sing, which can be seen as our anthem for peace: ‘Heal The World’!
The song was released on November 23, 1992 and the lyrics of the songs are still today in context of our society’s issues.
Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me
And The Entire Human Race
There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me
The song was also sang for the victims of the homophobic terrorist attack in Orlando. It is clear that the message has no color, gender or religion!
‘Heal The World’, ‘Man In The Mirror’, ‘Keep The Faith’, ‘What More Can I Give’, ‘Cry’, ‘We had enough’ and ‘We are the World’ are songs that people around the world are relating to! All with a powerful message.
The hatred doesn’t stop there! America is experiencing struggles with racial behaviour! With the killing of many black citizens across the country, a movement has emerged called ‘Black lives matter’, which focuses on the fact that Black Lives Matter TOO.
People around the world have supported the movement ‘Black lives matter’ like here in London. One of the messages that was put through the street was “They Don’t Care About Us”. Michael Jackson denounced this matter over 25 years ago and still today, people are singing the same anthem in the streets around the world!
Tell me what has become of my life
I have a wife and two children who love me
I am the victim of police brutality, now
I’m tired of bein’ the victim of hate
You’re rapin’ me off my pride
A week ago, people marched in the street of London holding ‘Black lives matter’ banners and singing Michael Jackson’s ‘They Don’t Care About Us’:
During an interview for Iconic Magazine, Spike Lee revealed that the first section of the video which takes place in prison, was to draw attention to the fact that most of the jails in America are filled with Black men, who he believes are the victims of racial oppression.
Knowing this, the video could be released today and would be still relevant – even more, you could rename it “Black Lives Matter”:
It is clear that Michael Jackson was more than a pop star! More than a dancer! More than a singer! More than an Entertainer! He was clearly the voice of the people! The voice of the disadvantaged! The voice of the oppressed! He was the message carrier of our time!
“I realised that many of our world’s problems today – from the inner city crime, to large scale wars and terrorism, and our overcrowded prisons – are a result of the fact that children have had their childhood stolen from them. The magic, the wonder, the mystery, and the innocence of a child’s heart, are the seeds of creativity that will heal the world. I really believe that.
What we need to learn from children isn’t childish. Being with them connects us to the deeper wisdom of life, which is everpresent and only ask to believe. They know the way to solutions that lie waiting to be recognised within our own hearts. Today, I would like to thank all the children of the world, including the sick and deprived… I am so sensitive to your pain. (…)”
– Michael Jackson´s speech at the 35th Grammys, 1993