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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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    first of all he has a skin disease call vitiligo here is prove :http://media.photobucket.com/image/vitiligo%20mich...

    second of all he was born black so that makes you black when you died.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    He was African American no matter what. Just because his skin turned white, it doesn't mean he was white. He was a African American it was in his blood and no matter what people think or say, he will always be remembered as a black man.

    An African American World Icon.

    Looks don't mean a thing he was born African American and he died an African American.

    Rest In Peace Michael Jackson.

    And don't ever think of it as an racist deal, we all know that Michael Jackson loved all color's of the skin. Black, White, he loved them both. He was a great man.

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  • 1 decade ago

    He had vitiligo, which makes people turn white in patches. He turn it white to hide it. He even wore the glove to hide the infection. Have you ever had a skin disease??

    Don't you know that Diana Ross has been his friend from childhod?? What's wrong with having friends out of your race.

    He is an African American Icon because he broke barriers. Before thriller, MTV was not showing African American music.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well firstly he did not set out to become white. He had a skin condition

    I take it you have not watched him perform when he was young in the Jackson 5??

    He was born African-American you can't just change.

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  • 1 decade ago

    There are two things that both Michael and all others can not change: 1) their race 2) the fact that they will die. Diana Ross, the second in line to his mother for custody of his children is Black. Marrying two Whites does not make you White. Nor does having White friends. He died as a Black man who essentially wore a mask.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    He is African American. He had a skin disease. he bleached the rest of skin to try to make himself look more normal or else his skin would have been really blotchy.

    He loved Diana Ross, his mother, his sisters especially Janet, he even dated his nanny who was black. Also he had Iman, Tyra and Naomi C. in his videos.

    He had friends of all races though.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    American Icon who happened to be African American

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    He had a disease he didn't try to look white. And in a interview with that weird Pakistani guy he stated that he would date a BLACK woman. He was always with black people, are you freaking blind? Everywhere he went, he was always with black people. People need to stfu and stop talking about his skin colour, he was a person like you and I. He was a GLOBAL ICON.

    Oh gosh, and I'm pretty sure you don't know jack about MJ since your asking this. You obviously haven't seen his interveiw with Oprah, he stated he was a PROUD AFRICAN AMERICAN. He had a disease which makes you lose your pigment and go to a creamy white. People need to stop their bs and let him rest in peace.

    Storm_ You do realize that the only reason he got a nose job wasnt to get rid of his 'black features' it was because his dad use to tell him he was ugly and sh87t.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Why can't black people give an honest answer as to why black male celebs like Michael Jackson, James Brown, and these athletes want to marry white women so bad. What do they have against black women?

    And it is odd that MJ had 2 white kids as a result of in-vetro fertilization between a whtie woman and a white man.

    Stop with being politically correct. The man was talented, no doubt. One of the all time greatest entertainers.

    But there was something wrong with him.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    lol because he was born one. Just because you change the surface doesnt mean your genes change as well. If your born a man then cut ur dyck off and buy a vagina and take pills to get titties are you a girl or are you still a guy? Genetically your still a guy. Case closed.

    sorry. hes ours, even if he didnt want to be. you know how they saying, goes "you cant pick your family"

    Source(s): realist. now let the damn man rest.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    He's labeled black like any Black artist since the majority of the US population is White. Also because he is an Icon. Doesn't mean only blacks loved him.

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