The memorial service for Michael Jackson was warm and fitting for a king. The testimonials and beautiful acknowledgements were heartfelt, but none more important than the acknowledgement that the federal government has decided to put in a form of a resolution.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, (D-Texas) gave a strong speech about the charitable life that Michael Jackson led that earned him Resolution 600 that she said will be debated on the floor of the House and in her words “claims him as an American legend, and musical icon a world humanitarian someone who will be honored forever and forever and forever and forever.”
However, to get the resolution to be completely legit, it must first get past some opposition, as reported by the AP.
Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican who called Jackson a “pervert, child molester, pedophile” in a video he posted on YouTube this week, vowed Tuesday to do “whatever I have to do” to oppose honoring Jackson.
Without mentioning King by name, Jackson Lee noted at the memorial that Michael Jackson was acquitted of child molestation charges. She blasted critics who “don’t understand the hearts of entertainers” and “don’t know how they heal the world on behalf of America.”
On CNN, speaking about Rep. Lee and Rev Al Sharpton, commentator Roland Martin said, “They made it clear (that) if you want to criticize Michael Jackson, we’re going to come back at you.”
Check out Representative Lee’s powerful speech: