Back in the early 2000s, Michael Jackson gave a speech at Reverand Al Sharpton's National Action Network in Harlem, New York, where the late singer appeared to suggest that the slander against his name was all a conspiracy to derail his success.
During the speech in front of his fans, Jackson states that as soon as he started breaking the all-time records, including those held by Elvis and The Beatles, they started slandering him to tarnish his legacy.
"The minute they became the all-time best selling albums in the Guinness Book of World Records, overnight they called me a freak, they called me a homosexual, they called me a child molester, they said I tried to bleach my skin... they did everything to turn the public against me." Jackson then went on to say "This is all a complete conspiracy you have to know that."
From there, MJ addressed the controversy around the change of his skin color, pointedly stating that "I know my race, I just look in the mirror I know I'm black," to thunderous applause.
Elsewhere in the speech, Jackson spoke to how the powers that be manipulate the history books, saying emphatically that "the history books are not true, it's a lie, the history books are lying."
Later on, he points out that all forms of popular music derive from black culture, a very important fact that MJ believes is glossed over by the popular majority. "If you go to the book store down the corner you won't see one black person on the cover," Jackson said with anger in his voice, "but you'll see Elvis Presley."
Meanwhile, the footage is all the more relevant due to the backlash behind the Leaving Neverland documentary, as it appears there's a lot of momentum in denouncing Jackson's legacy altogether.