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For a person that represented love until the day he died, it still confuses me as to why there is so much controversy over Michael Jackson‘s race. Is it really necessary to classify him? After all he contributed to the world of music and as a humanitarian during his life, it shouldn’t matter what he was. What matters is who he was.

During his last few years, the King of Pop lived a controversial existence and too many people were quick to forget about all the positivity that he stood for. But when it came to his unfortunate death and he once again was being noted for all the creativity and beauty he brought to the world, everyone was quick to claim him once again.


I understand the reasoning behind wanting to claim such a genius as your own, wanting to feel as if you are truly connected to something so great, but this goes against everything the man stood for.

Last year during the 2009 BET Awards, Jamie Foxx stated, ‘We want to celebrate this black man — this black man,’ talking about Michael Jackson. ‘He belongs to us. We just shared him with everybody else.’

I was confused as to why all of a sudden this type of ownership came about. I know Jamie Foxx was a fan of Michael Jackson throughout his entire career and would have been happy to claim him as his own at any point, but I just don’t see the purpose of it. Anyone who was a fan of Michael Jackson and realized his genius loved him the same, there is no point in trying to grab him as one’s own.

You can tell by his music and personal statements how he felt about life, ‘In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.’

‘Let us dream of tomorrow where we can truly love from the soul, and know love as the ultimate truth at the heart of all creation.’

During his trials and tribulations he made sure to keep the love alive when he said, ‘I just want to say to fans in every corner of the earth, every nationality, every race, every language: I love you from the bottom of my heart.’


If you were to classify Michael Jackson it would be as a lover, not a fighter, and an optimist, never a pessimist. He said it himself, ‘It don’t matter if you’re black or white,’ so why try to put a label on him. It doesn’t matter.

What do you think?

-Rachel Samara | follow me @rachelsamara

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