We don’t want to choose a team, a nationality, a religion to defend our rights. We share cartoons online to show solidarity, we share the news as fast as we can, we make sure that our loved ones are safe and sound. Rage can take the most unexpected shapes nowadays: it can show in inappropriate comments, violent behavior, pure discrimination acts. People are hurt. People are suffering. People are paying the price of political decisions. People don’t want a war. People beg for peace. Peace cannot be achieved with weapons. It´s not just terrorism, police brutality or the dissimilarity between genders. It’s hate. We must ask the ones who protect us why is this still happening. We will always stand against fear and violence. We are tired to play the victim role. This song was released 20 years ago on this exact date and it has never been more accurate.
In case you’ve misinterpreted the lyrics, here’s an explanation by the Kind of Pop: “The idea that these lyrics could be deemed objectionable is extremely hurtful to me, and misleading. The song, in fact, is about the pain of prejudice and hate and is a way to draw attention to social and political problems. I am the voice of the accused and the attacked. I am the voice of everyone. I am the skinhead, I am the Jew, I am the black man, I am the white man. I am not the one who was attacking. It is about the injustices to young people and how the system can wrongfully accuse them. I am angry and outraged that I could be so misinterpreted.” – Michael Jackson