Racism in the Michael Jackson Fanbase: You “Stan” a BLACK Man!

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It’s very confusing -and disheartening- to know that there are some fans who are racist and insensitive towards the plight of Black Americans. In light of the Black Lives Matter movement, I see that a lot of fans have shown their true colors. Some white fans have gone on to complain about black fans talking about what their ancestors did, blatantly displaying their “white guilt”, and acting as if we were trying to make them feel bad for what their ancestors did. Well, to be frank, white people are not responsible for what their ancestors did (unless you are in fact racist). HOWEVER, African Americans did not create this system, so you cannot expect us to vanquish systematic racism by ourselves. We have to live with the effects of what your ancestors did every day, so excuse me if I don’t feel sympathetic towards your feelings being hurt just because I talk about racism and the history of your ancestors that affect me and my people to this day. Blacks and Whites just integrated only fifty years ago. Fifty years. not one thousand, or two thousand. Fifty. Just because it makes you uncomfortable to talk about doesn’t mean we have to stop talking about it. How can you call yourself a fan of a conscious black man and then turn around and make racist/silencing statements? Let me give you some examples:

Whether you like it or not, Michael Jackson made an effort to educate people about systematic racism and white privilege. He spoke about it in his videos. He read books about real Black history and even sought out his African roots. He didn’t just sing about healing the world or repairing the earth. His music has a deeper message, especially songs like They Don’t Care About Us. in the prison version, he highlighted how the incarceration of black males is a business, and in the Rio de Janeiro version, he highlighted how the government refused to give disadvantaged people of color resources, their living  conditions.  I think it’s very interesting how he made it a point to show his vitiligo (He would usually cover himself in makeup, so that took a lot of courage) in the TDCAU short film, as if to say “I may have changed but I’m still Black, I’m still aware.” There is a deeper message. In Remember the Time and other short films, he made it a point to accurately portray ancient Egyptians.  For a fan to claim that Egypt is not in Africa, and that Egyptians were not black shows ignorance. He did his research.

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Michael being crowned “King Sani” in 1992

There are so many things to talk about when it comes to racism in the fan base. I’ve seen many hurtful things said by non black fans, such as saying that blacks make themselves out to be the victim, or depend on handouts. Or that we’re responsible for our own oppression. I’ve even seen some fans saying that there were once white slaves, as if they were oppressed on the same level as black slaves. Ridiculous! It’s also dismissive and deviates from the subject. Do not talk about something else when someone is speaking of something historical that makes you uneasy. Also, do not claim to care about black lives and then turn around and center the movement around yourself as a white person. You do not understand oppression, so don’t even try to add your opinion or suggestions of what Blacks should do. You should be more concerned about calling out white people who are actually racist, rather than crying about being generalized. Hash tags like #WhiteLivesMatter and #WhiteAppreciationDay are racist, inappropriate and silencing. For you to even use those hashtags proves you only care about yourself, because they are a direct response to #BlackOutDay and #BlackLivesMatter . Every white person has white privilege. That doesn’t mean your life is perfect, but society stands to benefit you because of your race, just like it stands to oppress me. Step out of your bubble. Your fave was a black man, pre and post-vitiligo. It didn’t suddenly change his race or his awareness of what his people went through. Yes, he highlighted the suffering of other races as well, but he also made it a point to focus on his people. He also exposed how the entertainment industry in general was very racist, especially the SONY promotion company. It was revealed in the SONY hack that even today they have racist employees. MJ knew that the black sound and dance was stolen and appropriated. He knew that Black artists had their music stolen from them from racist promotion companies. That is part of the reason why he bought the rights to that music and returned them to their rightful artists. So, tell me how MJ wasn’t pro-black again?

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Pain Inside.

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Pain Inside. Acrylic. (c) 2015 Do not use without permission.

The head and heart are connected. What affects my head also affects my heart and therefore my emotional and physical well-being, and vice versa. I often feel isolated from others because it feels like no one will understand. Hoping others can relate! 

Conversations and Upcoming MJ Projects #janfam #mjfam

What can I say? Janet’s been building anticipation for new music since August 2014

She had most people fooled for a good while but wow. The anticipation was slowly building and music has been lagging without 2 of the biggest entertainers in the industry. Janet surprised us all on her birthday last night and she basically broke the internet. She also trended at number two worldwide on Twitter.  You can see her big announcement here:

For fans of Michael Jackson there are also promising projects coming up for 2015 and 2016. Fans are anticipating another Documentary from Spike Lee for Off the Wall, as well as Thriller and HIStory in 3D, Dangerous 25, and there were even talks of a movie coming out. We already know that more unheard music from the King of Pop is planned to be released, so I can personally say that as a fan of both artists, I’m very excited! I feel as if Janet is about to inspire a new generation of people and bring even more innovation into the music industry, or as she called it, a “new revolution”. If Michael were here, there’s no doubt that he would be doing the same.  He is sorely missed.

For the upcoming Michael Jackson projects, I cannot wait to see what they do for the Off the Wall Documentary. I hope they make it long because even though I enjoyed the BAD 25 Documentary, I felt it was too short (and the presence of Justin Bieber highly unnecessary). I adore Off the Wall Era. It’s one of his most classic, innovative times and albums, and gets no love because of Thriller. Mike was so sassy, spunky and shy during that time and I adore it. One of my favorites.

ARTISTS WHO PAVED THE WAY

One thing that I constantly see from a fan’s point of view is, the constant bashing of Janet as an artist and entertainer. She and Michael paved the way and set a bar that many artists try to aspire to to this day (for example, Beyonce, Ciara, Usher, and Justin Timberlake). I don’t understand the disrespect sometimes. If they hadn’t decided to break so many barriers and records as black entertainers, your favorite artists would not be here. Give credit where it is due. Janet emphasized what it was to be a carefree black woman who had control of her own beliefs and sexuality. She doesn’t belt out like some other artists do, but not every legend is going to have the same voice. Everyone is different. Janet inspired the choreography you see in most female artists of today. The slander against Mike and Janet is always unwarranted and done out of bitterness and jealousy. Let these legends prosper like they’ve always been doing regardless of your opinion please.

Anyway, I thought I would add my two cents about what’s been going on in the music world. Again, I cannot wait and my countdown timer is ready!

To Be Free

Sitting in my room of hurt
Stuck in a cocoon of hurt
Always questioning my worth
Nothing in my life will work

Heart won’t heal from all the pain
Can’t fix this defective brain
Will I truly smile again?

“Take your darkness somewhere else”
Don’t dare try to share this hell.
Refuse to catch me if I fell

Don’t mean to make others hurt
But I’m so wrapped up in my own
Maybe I’m better off alone

So let me sit here in this room of hurt
Let me smother in this hurt
Let it consume me til I burst
No one will have me at my worst

Praying for a miracle
Although I feel invisible
Happiness seems impossible

It seems as if I wasn’t meant to live.
Pain got me so afraid to give
Scared to be too vulnerable
Scared to be all I can be

Self doubt,  self hatred, always manages to get the best of me
God I ask, I beg, I plead
Take this torture away from me
All I want is to be Free.

-Taylor A. Jackson

Michael Jackson’s Vitiligo: Why People Know So Little About the Disease.

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Such ignorance. Fan denying MJ had vitiligo.

Look at the screenshot above. Let me tell you what’s wrong with what this fan said. This person insinuated that Michael Jackson bleached his skin which is what caused the vitiligo and damaged his ability to make melanin, which is so false that it’s laughable. As a fan I’ve learned not to assume that everyone will know the truth about Michael Jackson, whether it be the subject of his innocence, his plastic surgeries or his medical conditions. However, it’s still frustrating to interact with people who have been brainwashed by the media. I find that a lot of people who believe that Michael Jackson wanted to be white also believe he couldn’t procreate and have his own kids. I spoke about it in an earlier post here: Mixed Children: Why MJ Couldn’t Have Any in the Eyes of the Media

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Jackson struggled with the disease way before the 1990s.

Michael Jackson was diagnosed with vitiligo and lupus in the 80s by his dermatologist Arnold Kline. The autopsy has confirmed he had vitiligo, the medical records confirm he was diagnosed with both diseases. What I don’t understand is why people choose to believe the testimony of strangers who have never treated Michael Jackson and speculate based on their supposed “profession”. His autopsy results and medical records are unfortunately available to the public but people will read them and STILL believe he didn’t have a skin condition! It’s amazing!

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A screenshot of his 1984 medical records. Discoid Lupus.

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Screenshot of official autopsy report confirms he had vitiligo

What is Vitiligo?

Vitiligo [ vit-ill-EYE-go]
Is a progressive skin condition where the body’s ability to produce melanin is damaged. It’s unclear as to what causes this kind of damage to where people lose their pigmentation. However you can NOT develop vitiligo by using common “skin bleaching” creams found over the counter. Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease, and though it has no negative affects on the body physically (besides increasing your chances for sunburn) it takes a toll emotionally for the people who have it, especially if they have to live in the public eye like Michael did.

BIGGEST MYTHS ABOUT THE MEDICATION HE USED TO “LIGHTEN” HIS SKIN:

It was confirmed after going through Jackson’s medical records that he used the medication Benoquin to get rid of the patches and turn his skin almost completely white. Use of this medication is common in patients who have severe vitiligo. So no, it wasn’t a bleach specially formulated for Michael Jackson. There is no over the counter bleaching creme you can take that will turn your entire body milky white.

MYTH : Michael Jackson used bleaching creme

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Photo credit: Karina (@SoftlyYouSay2Me)

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Benoquin is NOT a bleaching creme. It’s used to treat extensive vitiligo. It is medicine. The media have twisted this information without giving people an educated explanation as to why he decided to remove the pigment altogether in the first place. It was not because he wanted to be “white”, but because he’d spent years trying to cover the light spots with darker makeup. There was no use trying to mix makeup to match his skin if the vitilgo became worse with each year, so he made the decision to remove the pigment. Many people who have vitiligo use the makeup brand Dermablend to cover light splotches on the body. MJ was not the first entertainer to develop vitligo. He just made the disease well known because of his fame. He was not the first person to use Dermablend for the disorder, and he isn’t the first to use Benoquin. The media took every decision he made and turned it into something weird when in reality he sought treatment the same way other people do.

Did Michael Jackson Want to be White?
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A friend of MJ's describes Michael's experience with Vitiligo

“I don’t blame him- had I his condition, and the funds, I would have done it too.”

Michael Jackson didn’t have to have depigmentation therapy. He could’ve just stayed splotchy and have to deal with hiding it from the public, but that’s no one’s concern. If someone has a disease you don’t blame them for the treatment they seek to improve their lives. If you’ve never had a disease what makes you think you have the right to have contempt for someone’s choices? MJ didn’t want to have to deal with being “spotted” and he didn’t have to either.

People with Vitiligo are bullied (for example America’s Next Top Model contestant Winnie Harlow) . It’s no surprise that MJ chose to hide his struggles from the public with makeup. It really didn’t do any good because he was ridiculed for his skin anyway. It is however understandable that he hid it.

To learn more about Vitligo, please go to http://www.25june.org

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I couldn't help but resort to sarcasm to get my point across.

Three Stooges (Dimond, Gutierrez, and Allen)

Originally posted on Turning the Table on the Chandler Allegations:

In 1995 I was working for NBC News on the OJ Simpson story. “The murders were ‘94 and trial ‘95,” a network journalist named Lydia told me. “Victor was in LA and used to visit the Burbank studios, “she said. Explaining that shows like, “Hard Copy had deep pockets and the networks don’t pay.” Victor Gutierrez always used to come around with,” stuff on Michael and at that time nobody cared because OJ was the story. It was always somebody guard or employee that came out of the woodwork.”

But the networks refusal to buy his stories didn’t deter Gutierrez– who admittedly made a bulk of his income selling stories on Jackson. All he needed was a sensational story to capture some attention, even if he invented one about a phantom video tape. “I know at the time he sold that story he (Victor) needed money. He never thought it…

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Maestro Chapter 1, Part 5

Kayla woke refreshed and happier than ever. The first thing on her mind was the wonderful time she had last night, and with a real gentleman. Last night was like a dream. Well, except for the one incident in the restaurant. Kayla generally didn’t care about what other people said about her, but now she was curious.  I wonder how they’ll treat me when I go into town. She thought. She had no neighbors, so that was one less thing she had to worry about. Today, she would go to her studio and paint. There were so many commission requests that needed to be fulfilled for the month. Not to mention the ones that were already completed had to be packaged and shipped accordingly. Then there was a business meeting with Aramark to discuss a new image for their company. She noticed that her phone was blinking with a new message:

From: MICHAEL

Good morning Kayla. I just wanted to say that I had a wonderful time with you last night. If you have the time, please join me at noon for lunch in the Town Center. If not, just know I can’t wait to see you again.

Kayla’s smile turned into a pout; she had so many things on her plate today, and a small amount of time to grab lunch before the meeting with Aramark. Maybe she could make it?

KAYLA: I can, but I have a meeting soon after. :) see you at 12!

*later*

Kayla dipped her brush into red acrylic paint, thinking a moment before applying the color to the half finished piece. It was the last one she had to work on for this month. After that, she’d take a much needed break. Painting for others was fun, but at times it could be overwhelming. She missed painting for herself, without a deadline.

The studio was quiet,  save for soft, relaxing classical music playing in the background. Sometimes it would be other types of music, especially if she wanted to rock out, but not today. Occasionally she would forget the time, but today was important. It was nearly 12 and she needed to get the packaged artwork to the post office. So, she closed up her paint and left the supplies where they were. She flicked off the light and locked the studio door.

Michael had given her directions to a cozy diner, conveniently down the street from where Kayla was to have her business meeting.  The two were glad to see each other again, and they couldn’t help but smile the entire time. At one point, Michael started joking around and they both ended up having to stifle huge guffaws of laughter.

“Look, look!” Michael whispered,  a mischievous smile playing on his lips. He gestured towards a group of people passing by their table. When they gave him odd looks, he returned an intense stare, causing them all to bump into each other trying to walk away quickly.
The two snickered.
The bell on the dinner door jingled as a customer walked through the door.

“Greetings Mayor Sneddon!” The fat, bald shop owner called. Kayla and Michael immediately stopped chatting and looked around.

Mayor Thomas Daniel Sneddon was dressed in a brown, freshly starched and crisp suit with a matching tie, white dress shirt and shoes so polished you could see his reflection in them. His thin hair was graying and he wore brown rimmed spectacles. His haughty and haggard face was upturned into a scowl of superiority, his small blue eyes dark and menacing.

Kayla suddenly lost the desire to finish her meal. Michael, however, went to his drink and paid him no mind. She didn’t miss the quick eye roll though.

A few more people greeted the mayor as he stepped up towards the counter, and his eyes roamed the crowd before resting on the couple.

Kayla nodded in his direction, but didn’t say anything. This was her first time seeing the man, and she already knew she wouldn’t like him in the slightest.

“Good afternoon,  Ms. Ford. ” He drawled in a slightly southern twang. “A pleasure to see that you’re becoming acquainted with this humble town and it’s residents.” He aimed a distasteful glance towards Michael. Kayla put on the fakest smile imaginable. “Yes, I quite like it here, and thank you for having me, Mayor Sneddon. I find some of the residents here to be very…accommodating.” She made a point by placing her hand over Michael’s.  Sneddon looked slightly nauseated.

“Maestro,” the Mayor nodded.

“Thomas.”
The two gave a curt nod.

Maestro?  Kayla thought.

” I see you’re back in town, no doubt on some freaky business with the Manor… and I see you’ve made a new friend along the way. ”

Kayla’s eyebrows shot straight up. I know this old teapot didn’t just–

“Actually,  I was here originally on business, but it seems I might have found a reason to stay.” Michael glanced at Kayla with an amused expression.

“Is there a particular reason why you chose to stop at this table, Sneddon? Surely, I hope your aim wasn’t to intimidate a new resident.” Michael said, sipping his tea. Kayla liked him even more; he was straight to the point.

“Of course not.  I’m merely here to welcome and introduce newcomers to the customs and traditions of this humble, Christian town.” he said. Kayla managed to zone out when when he did.  “It was nice meeting you Ms. Ford, and enjoy your stay.” she heard him say. After one more disapproving look, he moseyed back out of the door with his purchase. The townspeople watched him in awe.  The two looked at each other again. “I believe it’s close to two o’clock, Ms. Ford,” Michael said, disappointed. No matter how nonchalant they’d acted in front of the Mayor, he’d managed to sour the mood. Kayla looked at him with a scrunched up nose. “Michael, from now on, call me Kayla. You sound like that repulsive man when you say my name like that.”

“Alright…Kayla.” He said hesitantly. “I’m not used to addressing a woman by her first name. It wasn’t how I was raised, but I will do it to make you more comfortable.”

“Thank you.” she said sweetly. She sighed. “ Guess it’s time for me to go. I have a meeting soon, remember?”

“Of course”
The pair walked outside. The fresh crisp air of autumn was refreshing in comparison to the stuffy restaurant.

“Is it okay if I text you when I get out?” she said.

“Sure. Let me know how it goes!” He kissed her hand and waved as she walked towards her car.

The meeting with ARAMARK went smoothly. Kayla was able to present and sell her skills, experience, and expertise. She was now a designer for their company. Board members loved how she redesigned their logo to give it a fresh, updated and modern feel. All this she talked about with Michael  when she got home that night. They ended up calling each other and talking for hours.

“I knew you would get the job,” he said, genuinely happy for her. “So what have you been up to?” Kayla asked. Michael’s thoughts immediately went to the problems occurring in the forest, but decided she wasn’t at all ready to hear that. “Michael, you still there?”

“Oh, sorry. Was thinking about the screenplays I was working on earlier.”

Not a complete lie.

“I’m nearly finished with the first one. It’s about a man who begins life in poverty then goes on to become a self absorbed star who loses everything he holds dear.”

“Oooohh, that sounds interesting.”

“I hope so,” he joked. “I send it to my editor tomorrow as a final draft.” He sounded nervous.

“I’m sure it’ll be amazing, you’ll have to get me a copy when it’s published! ” she said.

“I most certainly will.”

After a while he could sense she was getting sleepy, so they ended the call and bade each other good night. Maestro remained deep in thought, and wide awake. He stood and started walking, unsure of where he was going.  His feet seemed to gravitate towards the ballroom. He sat at the piano and began to play a classic tune.  Naturally,  he was worrying about the pestilence.  The protective charm they put over the undamaged part of the woods is holding up for now, but how long will it last? Who is this curse targeting?

Chapter 1, Part 4