Jan 22 2010

“Michael Jackson never tried to disown or separate himself from his Blackness at any point in his career. In fact, he was probably the most openly pro-Black pop entertainer of his time.”

Category: Justice,Photos,Quotes About MJSeven @ 4:26 am

Michael Is Black!

OK. Enough with the ignorant “Michael Jackson bleached his skin because he didn’t want to be black!” bulls*ht! 

It’s amazing to me that people are apparently too lazy to Google the word “vitiligo” to learn about it, choosing instead to believe the medialoids. Do they just LIKE being ignorant? Good grief.

Michael had vitiligo (vitiligo universalis, to be specific). This is a disease that takes all pigmentation from the skin – in Michael’s case, from large areas of the skin – most or all of it. It’s a disease he could not help and had NO control over. That didn’t make him any less of a black man. An astoundingly intelligent, talented, beautiful, generous, loving black man and one of the greatest human beings who ever lived.

Having vitiligo did not change Michael’s African heritage or blood. I’ll let some brothers explain why this medialoid-perpetuated lie is so ignorant and how it did NOT change who Michael was:

Michael Jackson ashamed to be Black? I mean, this was the same guy who:

  • portrayed Black people as kings and queens in ancient Egypt (”Remember the Time” video)
  • called Tommy Mottola (his then label boss) a devil and a racist
  • sang “White man’s gotta make a change” live on the Grammys in ‘88
  • sang about a beautiful African woman in “Liberian Girl”
  • featured an African chant at the end of “Wanna Be Startin Somethin”
  • donated over $25 million to the United Negro College Fund
  • sang “I ain’t scared of no sheets” in “Black or White” and upped the ante by morphing into a BLACK PANTHER at the video’s end
  • wrote a song called “They Don’t Really Care About Us,” with a Spike Lee-directed video that featured prisoners raising the Black power fist
  • uhhh “We Are The World” and USA for Africa, anyone?

-Phonte, In Defense of Michael Jackson, BET.com

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Michael Jackson represented for Black people all of his life. His career is based on his Blackness:

  • He paid for David Ruffin’s funeral.
  • John H. Johnson (publisher of Ebony and Jet) was one of his advisers.
  • He owned Sly Stone’s publishing and made sure Sly was taken care of.
  • His heroes were James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and Sammy Davis., Jr…he spent his 50th birthday listening to James Brown…
  • There are rumors that after acquiring the publishing rights to Little Richard’s songs, Mike gave them back to Richard…not sold, gave…
  • Michael would bring in busloads of poor children South Central, Watts and other black populated areas of LA county to Neverland to have their run of the place…
  • Michael was friends with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
  • He loved to vacation in Africa and tried to spread the word about the historic and physical beauty of the continent…he stated that he believes all things come from Africa.
  • He made a song called THEY Don’t Care About US (feel free to read between the lines)
  • He loved the documentary Unforgivable Blackness about the story of Jack Johnson.
  • He made street dancing popular long before the breakdancing phenomenon of the mid-80s….in the mid-70’s, Mike was popping and locking. He always gave credit to the dancers in the streets, many times hiring them for his videos.
  • He made a video with real gang members, long before gang-banging became chic.
  • He made a video showing Black people as royalty in Africa.
  • His vocal style with all the ad-libs, scatting, and slang is undeniably Black.
  • Michael NEVER looked down on hip-hop…he reached out to, collaborated with, and mentored many young hip-hop artists.
  • He called Tommy Mottola a devil, loved to eat KFC (with the skin removed) and drink Crown Royal.

-Martin Scorpeze, “Long Live the King

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10 Responses to ““Michael Jackson never tried to disown or separate himself from his Blackness at any point in his career. In fact, he was probably the most openly pro-Black pop entertainer of his time.””

  1. Gina says:

    What a great, extensive list. I love the prison video. It’s such a simple and effective message.
    Loved the black panther, and especially Michael’s puzzled response to the sharp criticism–something like, “But I just became a black panther and did what black panthers do.” Not to mention the totally cool, elegant, smooth dancing he did in the second part of Black or White. But it is precisely his open stance against racial stereotyping that pissed off the all-powerful under-the-surface white-men-club. It was bad enough that he earned all those millions–but to open his mouth and become political? Smashing a car! A store window! Inciting riots? Obviously, he needed to be taken down a few pegs. Or utterly destroyed, even. By any and all means. Mission accomplished.

  2. Seven says:

    I LOVED the media’s reaction to Black or White (panther dance). By that I don’t mean I LIKED it or thought it fair (it was totally and willfully ignorant as their response to most things MJ are) – but their hissy-fit about it just amused me to no end. And Michael’s cool and smooth response was just perfect – he said it’s what panthers do and he was just interpreting it in dance. And it was BEAUTIFUL! And it was the truth.

    But the media’s response – was SO predictably typical of them. Completely missed the point – deliberately so. Utter willful ignorance.

    I agree with you about his open stance against racial stereotyping and the “under-the-surface-white-men’s-club”. Definitely. I think Michael fought that all his life. I just watched a video where Louis Farrakhan talked about that – why they attacked MJ – on this and in other ways – why they humiliated him during the 2005 trial.

    He was black. He was brilliant. He was successful. He was rich. And he wanted to use his money and influence to spread messages of love and caring for each other and the planet – and to HELP those less fortunate and children. How DARE him! A Black man! He bought half of the Sony/ATV catalog. He OWNED the Beatles and Elvis’s music. He MARRIED Elvis’s daughter. How DARE him!

    I think all that mightily pissed off the still-racist white power base who can never touch MJ’s success – or his heart. They were going to destroy him one way or the other.

    So he was an “Angry Black Man” in a dance/video performance – can’t have none of that. “Boy” needed to be put (back) in his place. The media’s negative and willfully ignorant response to the panther dance video was just that – an effort to demonize him for standing up for himself and his race – to slap him back down. And I believe that is at least partially what was behind the other attempts to demonize and destroy this man.

    NOTHING Michael did was that complicated. He was open about who he was and what he felt. He wrote songs about it. He danced about it. There was little to misunderstand. I could understand Michael.

    What I can’t understand is a society that demonizes and seeks to marginalize anyone or anything that is the slightest bit different and doesn’t fit their narrowly-defined status-quo, and that demonizes anyone who stands up against that oppression – and that ignorance.

    It says more negative (and “freaky” and “weird”) things about that society itself (and the sick sick sick media that panders to it) than it does about MJ.

    And though he fought this all his life, he NEVER backed down. He stood up and remained true to himself. He stood up for God, himself, his race, his art, and not least, the forgotten children, the less fortunate, and the planet – for his purpose and his message – in the face of all that life and our society and our corrupt legal and political system threw against him. His strength, love and wisdom in the face of it all amazes me. He truly is a hero.

    Here’s the video:

    Louis Farrakhan talks about MICHAEL JACKSON humiliation

  3. Gina says:

    Everything you wrote is true. And Farrakhan is right–about Michael having God in him, and all the rest. Do you know what year this was taped? MJ was a true integrationist. He really did love people of all colors. I appreciate how he mixed it up in his shows–where he didn’t just have the “required” number of minorities, but as many as he could fit in. But his true disposition was color-blindness. That’s one of his greatest legacies, and a shining example for the rest of us, especially the young people of the world. If you want to know who MJ really was, look into the eyes of his children. He filled them up with love. It shows.

  4. Seven says:

    Gina,

    A letter someone wrote for a Children’s book dedicated to MJ said the same thing “I see you, Michael, in the eyes of children.” – I’m paraphrasing – but it was the same sentiment you just expressed.

    At the end of the video it says (in French) ‘July 2008’ so I guess that’s the when the video/show was done. Of course it would have to be after 2005 since L.F. mentions the humiliation and abuse of Michael during the raids on Neverland.

    MJ was color-blind. His “color” was L.O.V.E.

  5. SWBIndiana says:

    In every concert Michael did all over the world, he had big screens that showed him and his whole family from the early years and on up. He called out the stage positions where his brothers would be standing during their concerts as the Jackson 5. From stages all over the earth, where the whole world could see and where it would be recorded for eternity, Michael Jackson called attention to his African American heritage and original brown skin. Make no mistake, Michael Jackson was proud to be a black man.

  6. Robin says:

    Great lists Seven! thanks!

  7. Roni says:

    I like your page. I’m always reading. Because I’m not good at English, I haven’t written up to now. I irritate myself because I don’t express it well. But I wasn’t able to be without writing here by reading this article that you had written. What you say is all true. If all of his music and the performance, the action, speech and behavior, and him are seen, we easily understand that he is Brother. He was proud of his root.
    I think that he is an able strategist who fought racial discrimination as no one damages it by his music. He is special man.

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  9. Miranda says:

    I saved this post, it has so much great information that I can pass down to people, especially those who think he wanted to be white.

    You mention in this post that Liberian Girl was written for a beautiful black woman, I understood it was about Elizabeth taylor? Could you give me some more information on this song? Im interested to know whats its about. Thanks.

  10. Dialdancer says:

    Can’t you hear them crying. Well if we become educated about Michael’s Lupus and Vitiligo, understand his cream wasn’t a bleaching agent and we really don’t believe he molested anyone, then what excuse can we use to keep from giving him his just dues? We just can’t up and admit he was more than we wanted people to know about, now can we? We like clutching on to our ignorance and making asinine comments. I still believe much of the Media knew Michael had a skin condition. As nosy as they were with him, always sneaking photos there is just no way some did not know. They just said he wanted to be white, because they understood the racism and ignorance on both sides of the color line about it. Meant to cause disapproval and stir up enmity from his own and the others.

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