What Made Michael Jackson So Dangerous?

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What is it about Michael Jackson that provokes such outrage, even seven years after his death? Why the sneers and distain? Yesterday I was called a “moron” on social media for questioning the “new evidence” against him. I had to sit back and ponder, yet again, why he was both so beloved and yet perceived as such a terrifying threat. For a couple years I’ve seen three different ingredients to this threat: his race and his insistence on equality, his … Read More

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IN THE FACE OF VIOLENCE: He Held His Head Up

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It is difficult to write anything right now, given the violence in this country. And yet ten years ago one man stood up against what Armond White aptly described as “torture on a global stage with the whole world watching.” Michael Jackson held his head up. He knew who he was, he believed in himself, he believed in humanity, and he won. I needed to remember this. Thank you Jude for reminding me, and thank you Michael for showing us … Read More

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Bernie, Trump, and Michael Jackson

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Fasten your seatbelt: this might be a tad provocative. But give me a chance to explain why these names are connected and critical in this moment. Bernie and Trump are both tapping into something powerful and important. There are a lot of angry white men in this country who believe they’ve been screwed, and they’re right. Though they have some privilege, being white and male doesn’t protect them from a system which systematically crashes and burns. Turns out they are … Read More

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