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They Don't Care About Us

Michael Jackson
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[1995]
Parole e musica di Michael Jackson
Nell'album “HIStory” (per esteso “HIStory: Past, Present and Future - Book I”

HIStory

All'epoca di “HIStory”, Michael Jackson usciva dalla prima causa giudiziaria intentagli per presunti abusi sessuali su di un minorenne. L'accusa si rivelò essere soltanto un bieco tentativo di estorsione ma segnò l'artista per tutta la vita, una vera persecuzione che ebbe termine solo nel 2005 con la piena assoluzione. E nonostante questo ancora oggi è molto diffusa l'erronea opinione che Michael Jackson sia stato uno schifoso pedofilo... Il pregiudizio accompagnò anche questa canzone, che venne accusata addirittura di antisemitismo... Niente di più falso: l'uso delle espressioni “Jew me” e “Kike me” (Kike è un termine spregiativo per ebreo) era assolutamente chiaro nel contesto, cioè, “puoi picchiarmi, puoi odiarmi, puoi trattarmi da negro o da ebreo, ma non potrai mai spezzarmi.”
Una canzone contro l'odio, contro la violenza della polizia e del Potere, contro ogni pregiudizio divenne l'ennesimo pretesto per sparare a zero su Michael Jackson, lo schifoso pedofilo.

Michael Jackson  sul set a Salvador de Bahia, indossando la maglietta del Bloco Olodum.
Michael Jackson sul set a Salvador de Bahia, indossando la maglietta del Bloco Olodum.


I video del brano vennero girati da Spike Lee, il primo in un paio di favelas di Salvador de Bahia e di Rio de Janeiro (dove i nostri ebbero il sostegno della gente e del Bloco Olodum e l'avversione delle autorità, preoccupate di una cattiva pubblicità), e il secondo in una prigione, accompagnato da un montaggio frenetico di filmati di repertorio su abusi dei diritti umani.

Checchè ne pensiate di Michael Jackson, una canzone che senz'altro mancava sulle CCG/AWS.
Skin head, dead head, everybody gone bad
Situation, aggravation, everybody allegation
In the suite, on the news, everybody dog food
Bang bang, shot dead, everybody's gone mad

All I wanna say is that they don't really care about us
All I wanna say is that they don't really care about us

Beat me, hate me, you can never break me
Will me, thrill me, you can never kill me
Jew me, sue me, everybody do me
Kick me, kike me, don't you black or white me

All I wanna say is that they don't really care about us
All I wanna say is that they don't really care about us

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 ripping me of my pride, oh, for God's sake
I look to heaven to fulfill its prophecy, set me free

Skin head, dead head, everybody gone bad
Trepidation, speculation, everybody allegation
In the suite, on the news, everybody dog food
Black male, black mail, throw your brother in jail

All I wanna say is that they don't really care about us
All I wanna say is that they don't really care about us

Tell me what has become of my rights
Am I invisible because you ignore me?
Your proclamation promised me free liberty, now
I'm tired of bein' the victim of shame
They're throwing me in a class with a bad name
I can't believe this is the land from which I came
You know I do really hate to say it
The government don't wanna see
But if Roosevelt was livin'
He wouldn't let this be, no, no

Skin head, dead head, everybody gone bad
Situation, speculation, everybody litigation
Beat me, bash me, you can never trash me
Hit me, kick me, you can never get me

All I wanna say is that they don't really care about us
All I wanna say is that they don't really care about us

Some things in life they just don't wanna see
But if Martin Luther was livin', he wouldn't let this be

Skin head, dead head, everybody gone bad
Situation, segregation, everybody allegation
In the suite, on the news, everybody dog food
Kick me, strike me, don't you wrong or right me

All I wanna say is that they don't really care about us
All I wanna say is that they don't really care about us

Contributed by Bernart Bartleby - 2017/4/5 - 22:28



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