At the time of Micheal’s TV appearance, I was his age, growing up in a small southern town and bumping against rigid racial rules about how the world should operate. When little Michael and his brothers appeared on TV it was as if a magic wand had been waved. Every black child I knew got an instantaneous injection of pride. The feeling that has nothing to do with family and everything to do with being seen through a different lens. His fame has never been only about the music. Michael was the key that opened doors that were previously locked tight. He is/was a history key.
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