How did Michael Jackson go from being a proud black man to, well, becoming a “white lady”? Whether it’s you or your kids who are wondering, the Anti-Racist Parent blog has a piece called “Explaining Michael Jackson.”
In “Michael Jackson was a genius and his genius was black”, Nesha Z. Haniff compares how Michael was portrayed in the media to how Brittany Spears and Madonna were treated. “Yes race is central to this, in the way the white media show their racism for making excuses for white celebrities and criminalize Black celebrities.”
Both pieces are as incredibly thoughtful as they are thought-provoking. Was Michael a victim of his childhood, of his fame and fortune, of the vicious media, of a society where even the most famous (black) entertainer in the world couldn’t feel comfortable in his own skin?