"It's almost like a crucifixion, in terms of the cross you have to bear. We reap the fruits of the resurrection, in terms of the power that emanates from [Michael Jackson's] sacrifice. He sacrificed his childhood because he loved us so. He didn't just entertain us, he sustained us."
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This is how Princton religion professor Cornel West views the life and death of Mchael Jackson--as a Messiah figure. West made these comments in an interview with Tavis Smiley and they are cited in John Kass's Chicago Tribune editorial "Deification of [Michael] Jackson" from July 8, 2009.