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Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicCelebrities · 1 decade ago

Why is Michael Jackson considered an African-American icon?

He spend years and millions of dollars trying to make himself look white.

Most of his best friends were white: Brooke Shields, Macaulay Culkin, Yuri Gellar, Donald Trump, Geraldo Rivera.

Both of his wives (if you could call them that) were white.

His kids are white.

About the only time he hung out with black people was when he was performing with his brothers or when he got in trouble.

And, I'll say it again...he spent years and millions trying to make himself white.

Hey, Michael Jackson was a great entertainer, innovator, philanthropist, etc.

But why do people still call him an African American icon?

I'm just asking

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Because no matter how white Michael Jackson's skin gets, he is still African American on the inside. He couldn't change his DNA.

    He had a skin disease called Vitiligo and Lupus that changed his skin white.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6xJlyJgfS8

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    And that's not true, he had Black friends as well.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Good question ; It does make one wonder now that Michael is dead , and most likely had a drug problem for a few years or more that brought on his death ; where were all these "afro~american friends when he needed them ?? None of the afro entertainers , athletes and acquaintances that now claim "Michael as theirs , and they "shared him with the rest of us" ; came within a mile of Michael while he was going through his ordeal with drugs and pain killers ! Damn , they evidently didn`t even know enough about him to know he had issues` and problems !!!! If all these so called friends of Michael had his best interest at heart , they would have been available for him , and they weren`t ! Maybe now they have all made Michael "their ICON" because of their guilty consciences` .? What a bunch of BS friends , even his daddy tried to plug a book during an interview , go figure ! Prayers for MJ !

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Because he was born black. You can't turn another race even if you wanted too. Yes his skin is white but that is because he had a skin disease called vitiligo which makes white patches on his skin. Michael tried to even out his skin with make up but that would not last for long since he sweats on stage and the disease got worse so he did what anyone would have done and dipigmint his skin to white which was the color his skin was already turning

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  • 1 decade ago

    Because he was born African American. He didn't spend money to change his skin, his skin changed because he had a disease called Vitiligo.

    What about his friends like Smokey Robinson, Quincy Jones, Barry Gordy and Diana Ross? He wasn't ONLY friends with white people.

    His first two kids are white because they're not biologically his. But he raised them and was a good father so what does it matter?

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  • 1 decade ago

    his was best friends with diana ross since he was like 10.... he has vitiligo and lupus look them up... and just because a black person and a white person have kids doens't mean they have to look black....

    and he's a african-american icon because he was the first black artist to have their videos played on MTV...... also his songs black or white.. heal the world....they don't care about us and we are the world speak for themselves

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    he still considered his self and african american...he said in a video he doesnt want to b white...there r pictures that have proof that he had a skin disease that was making him lighter...he prolly bleached his skin because he didn;t want to have big white blotches throughout his body...and before his skin color changed he made black history..he was the first black person to have a video on mtv...he was also born black look at his family they r black and so is he

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  • 1 decade ago

    Actually. He didn't Try to make himself white, He had some weird skin Disease I can't remember the name of it but it was a actually disease. And y do you have to diss the King of pop? He's one of the greatest artists of all time. :D

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    wow

    so i guess if i had white friends

    adopted white kids

    and had a white husband im no longer black huh?

    MICHAEL JACKSON SAID SO HIMSELF......"IM PROUD AND HONORED TO BE A BLACK AMERICAN, IM NOT BLEACHING MY SKIN"

    you also forgot his close friends DIANA ROSS, AL SHARPTON, AND JESSE JACKSON, AND ALL OF HIS 12 BLACK FAMILY MEMEBERS.

    SO IS ANGELINA JOLIE AND MADONNA BLACK BECAUSE THEY

    ADOPTED BLACK KIDS?

    NO

    QUIT TRYING TO STEAL THIS BLACK MAN FROM US!

    his DNA SAYS BLACK!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    So??? He is still African American no matter what.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Because Michael was a proud member of the Nubian race and he represented the Brothers like no one else....................................................................................................................................................yeahhhh right. Maybe its because they are black, so things like common sense don't enter into the equation during their thought process

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