This continues my series on 1980s YouTube hits
The fourth most popular 1980s song is Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, with 1,072,965,297 views as I type this.
Michael Jackson was, at his peak, at least as popular as The Beatles were in the 1960s. This resulted in a lot of jealousy and in petty people attacking him. During his heyday in the 1980s, bullies would make downright racist jokes about him, attacking him for his skin color.
These days, since racism is no longer socially acceptable, bullies instead attack him using unproven allegations of pedophilia. Just like the racism used against him in the 1980s, these kinds of allegations are usually made in bad faith. The right to presumption of innocence is a fundamental constitutional right and he was found not guilty by a jury of his peers.
Today in the United States, we do “fall back”: We set all of the clocks back one hour. I decided to reset the time on my DEH-X1900UB car stereo. The process is as follows:
There have been meritless accusations that Churchill was somehow, by today’s standards, a racist or white supremacist. A man who was forward and progressive enough to state, in 1906, that “We will endeavour [...] to advance the principle of equal rights of civilized men irrespective of colour” is someone who can not reasonably be called a racist.
I am not saying Churchill was a saint when looked at with 2021’s lens; he died long before Jared Diamond’s book “Guns, Germs, and Steel” discredited many delusions of white superiority. But I am saying he was remarkably progressive for someone from the era of British colonialism.
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