Schism’s,Isms and Michael Jackson

Michael was a force to be reckoned with. He pushed the envelope, and walked fearlessly in places where many of us have been trained to be terrified. Michael upset the applecart. It would have been satisfactory if he had not destroyed what this society had worked so hard to accomplish. The strategy was for us to be divided, to hate each other for whatever ism was thrown at us. Race-ism, sex-ism, age-ism, rejection of the disabled-ism. We were supposed to live in a world of schisms, and then Michael Jackson entered our realm. Michael surpassed it all. Michael became someone to worry about because he would not stay in his place. More frightening, he taught the whole world we don’t have to stay in “our place”. While the authorities that be worked feverishly to separate us…Michael brought us all together.   Listen to what Minister Farrakhan has to say about Michael. He is teaching Muslims and Christians here.

Michael taught us to love, and he taught us to keep the faith.

If You Call Out Loud Will It Get Inside Through The Heart Of Your Surrender To Your Alibis And You Can Say The Words Like You Understand But The Power’s In Believing So Give Yourself A Chance ‘Cause You Can Climb The Highest Mountain Swim The Deepest Sea, Hee All You Need Is The Will To Want It And Uhh, Little Self-Esteem So Keep The Faith (Keep The Faith vs 1/Michael Jackson)

Because of who Michael Jackson was and yet is…I have always believed that he belonged in a picture like this. These men are all Civil Rights Leaders. As I mused upon this thing, one of my friends posted this video to me. It was splendid timing indeed. It is such a powerful video that it went viral almost instantly. It is Michael, standing up against isms all over the world. Michael taught values, lead protests, and addressed every single ism that I can think of. Michael addressed isms globally.  Michael gained political power across the world. He had spiritual power…he had financial power, and he had the love of the world. Michael had the power to wake people up, and he sang songs to empower us all. Michael was able to unite the world, and isms became fruitless. The problem was that isms are to divide and conquer, for the sake of becoming more powerful. Michael had so much power that bitter and insecure persons began to feel endangered. Ultimately, Michael became an ism to men of greed. Enter Michael Jackson-ism. The article segment listed below is interesting.

Michael Jackson, Glenn Beck, MLK, and the Worlds We Create

“Friday night, after another day of survey gathering and site visits, I headed over to the 9:30 club for DJ Dredd’s dance party to celebrate Michael Jackson’s birthday. As we swayed with the crowd rocking along to Michael’s (and Janet’s!) greatest hits, an observation kept pushing to the forefront of my mind, one I had wanted to write about last year when he passed. While much was written about the racial politics of Michael Jackson, particularly in reference to his skin color/plastic surgeries, there was little discussion of the most striking part of Michael’s racial politics: the worlds he created in his music videos. Most folks are familiar with two of his most political hits, “Black or White” and “Man in the Mirror.”

“But what always stood out to me was the populations of Michael’s created worlds – which were overwhelmingly multicultural, featuring a lot of different types of people all rolling with the King of Pop. Michael’s worlds were often overwhelmingly urban. Featuring streetscapes and subcultures, Michael’s videos illuminated – and humanized – different segments of American and global life, in the face of a pop culture environment that insisted those types of images remain marginalized. Even his journey back to ancient Egypt ( Remember the Time) became a quiet political statement.”


This conversation is about discrimination and prejudice in our world. As are all things they are taught. A platform of principles has to be built, and slowly other attitudes, opinions and beliefs are added. People are not born with hate or prejudice in their hearts, they are learned values. However, simply because it is called a value does not mean it is ethical. It only means that one has learned to value a certain ideal. The terms discrimination and prejudice are appropriate, however in this writing we will refer to then as isms. I am aware that this can be a touchy topic for some. For that reason I am using some scenes from “To Kill a Mockingbird” , and other illustrative items that we all can relate to comfortably.

This is from the script of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, which starred Gregory Peck, one of Michael’s beloved friends. Michael was truly a mockingbird, and what happened to him was cruel and evil….it was a sin. I have always thought this scene was so descriptive of Michael Jackson.

Scene from To Kill A Mockingbird:

Scout: How old were you when you got your first gun, Atticus?

Atticus: Thirteen or fourteen. I remember when my daddy gave me that gun. He told me that I should never point at anything in the house… and that he’d rather I shoot at tin cans in the backyard. But he said that sooner or later he supposed… the temptation to go after birds would be too much… and that I could shoot all the blue jays I wanted, if I could hit ’em; but to remember it was a sin to kill a mockingbird.

Scout: Why?

Atticus: Well, I reckon…because mockingbirds don’t do anything…but make music for us to enjoy. Don’t eat people’s gardens. Don’t nest in the corn cribs. They don’t do one thing but just sing their hearts out for us.

Sadly, there are many people who are blessed with loving hearts that must live in a world of isms. Isms are the foundation for schisms, and provide the potential to divide and conquer. There are numerous isms, some that may surprise you. Whatsoever the ism may be, it is worked as a tactic for separation to accomplish a greater level of control. Those who are believed to belong in one group are not necessarily free to go outside that group. It is much like a street gang. Once you join their organization you are no longer free to leave. However, you join a group but you are born with you race, color or gender. Certain aspects of society have a strong influence on how we liv, what we do, and with whom we choose to do it. Ism’s can confine victims and make their mere existence miserably and exceedingly arduous. Watch the following video from “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

This clip shows that Atticus has been born into a group, simply because he is a southern white man.

This clip shows the result of him going against the group, something that is regarded as unacceptable. Atticus is now a traitor.

So, it is all about division for power. If you came to the conclusion that Tom is innocent, you are right.  I am sure that Michael loved this movie. He adored Gregory Peck, and all the things that are happening, are things he understands. Here we see the children making a change in what is about to happen. It is done through innocence and love. Michaels speech in the following video puts words to what we have seen in this clip from To “Kill a Mockingbird” It took children to save Atticus.

“Children show me in their playful smiles the divine in everyone. This simple goodness shines straight from their hearts and only asks to be lived.” Michael Jackson

Let’s look at some of the other ism’s that surround us, and see where Michael fits in. We have been looking at race-ism. One of the ism’s that haunted Michael was disabled-ism. Michael was diagnosed with lupus.

Cutaneous Lupus Erythematous:

Cutaneous refers to the skin, and this form of lupus is limited to the skin. Although there are many types of rashes and lesions (sores) caused by cutaneous lupus, the most common rash is raised, scaly and red, but not itchy. It is commonly known as a discoid rash, because the areas of rash are shaped like disks, or circles. Another common example of cutaneous lupus is a rash over the cheeks and across the bridge of the nose, known as the butterfly rash. Other rashes or sores may appear on the face, neck, or scalp (areas of the skin that are exposed to sunlight or fluorescent light), or in the mouth, or nose,  Hair loss and changes in the pigment, or color, of the skin are also symptoms of cutaneous lupus.

Approximately 10 percent of people who have cutaneous lupus will develop systemic lupus. However, it is likely that these people already had systemic lupus, with the skin rash as their main symptom. Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.

In this picture we can see the beginning of a rash on Michael’s cheeks.

In 1993, Jackson’s dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein, released a statement saying that Jackson had a skin disease called vitiligo. The condition causes a person to lose melanin, the pigment that determines the color of skin, hair and eyes, in patches or all over the body. Vitiligo affects 1 million to 2 million people in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health, and no one knows what causes it.

~Michael Jackson had history of health problems~    June 25, 2009|By Elizabeth Landau CNN

In this picture you can see him actually losing his color. This photograph, nor the many others that show the effects of vitiligo were carefully concealed. The media wanted to destroy Michael. What better way to destroy a man with so great a love, than to profess that he hates himself? Michael was also subjected to our most popular ism. Which, is the ism of race.

The ism regarding Michael’s disability was not resolved until he died. Even Quincy Jones thought Michael wanted to be white. He never believed that Michael had vitiligo.  Following is a segment of an interview he did.

“Quincy Jones got real gangsta when doing an interview about Michael Jackson saying “Michael wanted to be white”

Oh, we talked about it all the time. But he’d come up with, “Man, I promise you I have this disease,” and so forth, and “I have a blister on my lungs,” and all that kind of B.S. It’s hard, because Michael’s a Virgo, man—he’s very set in his ways. You can’t talk him out of it. Chemical peels and all that stuff…”He then continued on talking about the “King of Pop” saying that he wanted to be white.

“It’s ridiculous, man! Chemical peels and all of it. And I don’t understand it. But he obviously didn’t want to be Black.” When asked if that’s what he really thinks Michael’s problem was, he replied, “Well what do you think? You see his kids?” Following that he was then asked if he thought Michael was beautiful before the chemical peels to which he replied, “Man, he was the most gorgeous guy.”

Quincy, that’s the pot calling the kettle Black,.  Aren’t all of your ex-wives and baby mamas white women?    HipHopWired.Com

We know this was simply based in media lies. Quincy, whom he had known for so very long believed the tabloids instead of him.  Michael found that he could cope with it by helping others who were also suffering from different illnesses. He was healed by healing others. This was not a secret to anyone. However, in a society of ism’s, it you are a force of love and unity … it is not likely that the powers that be would favor wellness for you. It is a matter of division for power. Whether that power is political , religious, physical, or personal does not matter. It is merely another ism, and the truth is nobody here is going to die of terminal uniqueness. Following is another clip from”To Kill a Mockingbird”.  Atticus did not win the case, but what he says here rings loud, and is true… Nevertheless, isms of sex and race are over powering.

Such isms still exist, albeit not at the level Atticus faces defending Tom. What can we do about it? We see what it is, we understand what it is, we forgive what it is…then like Michael, we love somebody. Even quiet wars are hard on ones heart. The jealousy and fear of another is a frightening thing. However, if we take a person and put them in a category it is a futile thing. If we attempt to elevate ourselves and look down on others, it can only harm us. There is strength in being humble. Quincy Jones was and is like anyone else. He too is subject to make mistakes, he too was raised in a world of isms. Despite all that Quincy said, no one will ever convince me that he didn’t have a great love for Michael. Surely, he cried like the rest of us. Minister Farrakhan said that Michael had the ability to take us to a greater state of awareness. Michael has done that. Look at all that we have done together! We did it in Michael’s name, we have grown from and for the love of Michael Jackson. Michael was and is a minister. He still calls us to a higher awareness. We see that ism’s are not real. Children, have not been subjected to the amount of “mind control” that adults have. Perhaps that is why Michael loved children so…they knew that we are all the same.  Can you feel it?

All the colors of the world should be
Lovin’ each other wholeheartedly
Yes, it’s all right
Take my message to your brother
And tell him twice

Spread the word and try to teach the man
Who’s hating his brother
When hate won’t do, ooh
‘Cause we’re all the same, yes
The blood inside of me is inside of you

“Michael Jackson was a true humanitarian, an example to us all. He devoted much time and money to a wide range of charities. He loved children and took time out when touring secretly visiting sick children. He also has special rooms at his home Neverland for sick and terminally ill children to stay over. He was listed in the 2000 edition of the Guiness Book of World Records for breaking the world record for the “Most Charities Supported by a Pop Star”. It states that Michael Jackson has supported 39 charity organizations either with monetary donations through sponsorships of their projects or by participating in their silent auction.”

The speech that addressed Michael’s ability to overcome the many isms he was faced with was given by Rev. Al Sharpton at Michael’s memorial.

Clearly, it does not matter what the ism is. It is not more powerful than love. We ought to create an ism just for us. That would be an ism of love. We shall call ourselves ” Love-ist’s”, Not race-ism…but love-ism. Not sex-ism…but love-ism. Not national-ism…but love-ism. Not class-ism, but love-ism. We can change the world, we can touch the sky. We who are Love-ists will be able to look at ism’s in a fresh new way. We will see them as Michael saw them. It is human nature.

I invite you to join me Monday evening, 6:30pm until 9:30pm Cantral Standard Time on A Place in Your Heart Radio. Okay… Gird yourself up! We are going to talk about all the ism’s that exist. There is Classicism, Sexism, Nationalism, Racism and probably much more. We have a new ism however. There is now Michael Jackson-ism.That is the root of why the documentary was expected to sell in the first place. So, gird yourself up and come out to talk about it. We are going beyond haters.

An Exercise in Sleaze Part 2: Schisms, Isms and Michael Joseph Jackson

Rev. Dr. Catherine M. Gross/ MJJJP

“Let us dream of tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul, and know love as the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation.” ~ Michael J. Jackson

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8 Responses to Schism’s,Isms and Michael Jackson

  1. This was a very enlightening peace that really tells it like it was and is, but will hopefully cease in the future.
    Mr. Jackson didn’t just reach back in the past to get the message out. He brought it right up to the present in “MOONWALKER.” The character, Mr. Big, (Frankie Lideo) anagram for Frankie Dileo, uses a racial slur at end of the battle where he shouts, “gotcha nigger.” the messages are there but many are too engrossed in the beat and thrill of the moment to hear the message. as his song says, I can’t do it by myself, gonna need somebody’s help.


  2. oops meant piece yet again peace is what we need hummm


  3. Mildred Jones says:



  4. Michael Jackson was a man blessed by God, and he shared those gifts. And yes Michael Jackson had the ability to take us to other levels, has led me. I can´nt explain how it has changed my way of thinking about love. I say and keep saying it: Michael Jackson is my role model. A person so gentle, loving, humble. Yes he did have the gift of reaching the masses, to touch our hearts, and still continues. I forwarded the awareness to do good to others, love our planet, love ourselves, all that encompassed in a song. I say: Michael, that beautiful name that only in him sounds so special, so beautiful.


  5. Okunuga says:

    I wonder what quincy jones is saying about MJ now since it has now comes out during the conrad murray’s trial that michael did indeed have vitiligo and other ailments or is he still saying the same BS as before and never actually apologised to him for those hateful comments.


  6. I still see so much hate and ignorance about MJ everywhere.
    I honestly don’t know what it will take anymore to make people believe otherwise. Just recently with all the evidence in the trial that MJ had vitiligo and lupus, the audio of MJ that was leaked, his kids talking about what a great father he was, Jermaine, David Gest, Frank Cascio’s books and documentaries all released all defending MJ on the allegations and everything else… that sits atop all the other evidence. What will it take?


  7. VC says:

    All you’ve written is beautiful, and so true. But you are far too kind to Quincy Jones. Q is an old man now, but unlike Michael, he is still alive, able to confront his critics. It’s high time that we tell the truth about Q and give him the opportunity to explain why it was necessary for him to denigrate Michael before he was even in the ground. Q owes that to the fans, to Michael’s children, and to his own children, who are going to hear very ugly things about him when he dies. Maybe they are already aware that Q has a scandalous reputation, and is in no position to denigrate anyone.


  8. This is the most powerful account I have read to date about Michael Jackson, and I think it will just take time, and perserverance and just pounding away at the hatred and ignorance, to get the message across. I love the ‘love-ism’ and ‘Michael Jackson-ism’. Not hinting at any comparison, but it took 400 years after the death of Jesus, before the first church was built.


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