This is what Jamie Foxx said at yesterday’s Black Entertainment Awards in LA. “We want to celebrate this black man. He belongs to us and we shared him with everyone else.” Just a couple of sentences, but it’s brought to the boil a heated debate that was already simmering.
Jackson of course sang skin colour didn’t matter, but the way some of you are reacting to his death suggests differently. Others are furious that a man who had fans of every nationality and colour, is being claimed as their own by black people.
Did you view him as black man? And did your view of him affect your feelings for him?
And then there’s the fluctuating relationship Michael Jackson had with his black fans as his skin became ever lighter.
Should the changes in his appearance that have affected how people felt towards him?