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Michael Jackson speaking about Racism
 
Interview with JET Magazine (1979)
 
The one thing that dims this glow is the pervasive racism that’s rampant in the world today, especially in America, Michael the world traveler observes. Recalling how badly the singing Jacksons have been treated in southern cities, he said that it was difficult to believe.
 
“The people told us just deal with it because that’s how the South is,” he said and added: “That’s ignorance and it’s taught because it’s not genetic at all.
 
“I’m really not a prejudiced person at all. I believe that people should think about God more and creation because if you look at the many wonders inside the human bodies – the different colors of organs ..and all these colors do different things in the human body – why can’t we do it as people?
 
“That [racism] is the only thing I hate. I really do. And that’s why I try to write, put it in songs, put it in dance, put it in my art – to teach the world. If politicians can’t do it, poets should put it in poetry and writers should put it in novels. That’s what we have to do and I think it’s so important to save the world.”
 
Traveling and reading have greatly influenced his religious and racial views. About his travels, Michael explains: “Wherever you go, man-made things are man-made, but you’ve got to get out and see God’s beauty of the world.”
 
Reflecting upon America’s racial problems, he said: “I wish I could borrow from other countries, say, like Venezuela or Trinidad, the real love and color-blind people and bring it to America. When you travel, you realize how different America is. God, I hate to say this but our people are brainwashed.”

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