Michael Jackson on Chicago playbill.

The Broadway Show, MJ (Michael Jackson)

I am so pumped up that I decided to bump my 2-part Social Credit Score posts down the road a week to bring you this post. If you are a Michael Jackson fan, and the show 'MJ' comes near you, GO SEE IT! It is the most energizing and amazing show I have ever seen. A stunning mix of song, dance, sets, lighting, and storytelling. My family can't stop talking about it.

The dancing was phenomenal. The singing is spot-on. The story was deep and heartfelt. The set is clever and strong. The lighting was something never thought possible, even 15 years ago, when Michael was still around. I can see this show lasting many years. I would love to see it again.

Playbill for Michael Jacksom show.

You must see it!

But as exciting, energizing, and wonderful as that show was, I picked up on a couple of things that really blew my mind. For starters, I am 62 years old. I figured I would be one of the elders at the show. NO! I was much closer to middle age. It was really cool to see so many 70 and 80+ year olds at the show. I mean dozens. Everywhere. Just look closely at my pictures. Yes, I guess MJ would be 65 today if he was still with us, so many of these grey hairs probably were more connected than I thought. 

But it still made an impression.

The other thing I noticed, the one that got me thinking, was the percentage of white versus black in the audience.

Picture of people at Michael Jackson show.

I didn't count, but I am guessing maybe 5% were black. Now I really hadn't put thought into color diversity before entering the concert, but if asked before arriving, I would have thought 20-30%, maybe as high as 50%, would be black. Common sense answer.  He was a great black man, an exceptional singer, dancer, writer, and artist, who DEFINED the genre! One of the few artists ever inducted twice into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. I thought black would flock to support their own.

But I was wrong.

It was the whites who showed up, in droves. I was surprised by the lower number of blacks compared to whites. Not because I am prejudiced, but because it reinforces what I think I am seeing in my life. COLOR MEANS LESS than it used to. there were so many 'racist' white people, spending their hard-earned dollars and taking time from their day to pay tribute to a Gary Indiana black man, it humbled me. I believed good still had a place. 

Picture of people at Michael Jackson show.

I felt proud of humanity again.

And after the Jason Aldean racism debacle with his latest song, 'Try That in a Small Town' (I tried, I can't find the racism), I felt that racism was rising again. But as I walk through life, if I am honest with myself, I don't see it like I did 40 years ago. Yes, it is still there. Yes, there will always be some issues concerning race. But I think it is improving. I watch my kids interact with no thought to color. I have a variety of friends in all shades. I still quickly notice color, because it is a powerful form of expression and visualization, but I don't use it to start judgment.  And I think I am in the majority. In fact, I would bet on it.

I walked away from that show energized in areas I never really expected. I was hoping for an entertaining evening but got a renewed sense of hope for tomorrow. And even though fighting racism isn't on the basic agenda of Freedom-4-All, it is one I will always support.

God bless you.

Next week; Jason Aldean and his new song.

 

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