In the previous blog entry we discussed the fact that some people believed that Michael Jackson wanted the have white children because he was a racist. This was further backed by the fact that Michael Jackson married not one but two white women, and had two children with one of them, Debbie Rowe. All right valid argument, but the funny thing is that it doesn't seem like anyone wants to look at the obvious reason why Michael may on some level wanted to have children who were white, and here it is:
Michael Jackson had a skin disorder, Vitiligo which is a skin condition that destroys the pigmentation color of one's skin. It is stated that because the pigmentation is compromised that the bleach white patches that develop on the skin are extremely obvious, more so on the African American race. I believe on a subconscious level Michael didn't want to worry about passing this on to a child of his if they were 100% African American. I mean, no one can really know what Michael Jackson endured with this skin condition. Think about it, how would you feel if you were born one race and your body decides to present you with another color? Yes, there isn't enough data to say that Michael would pass this onto one of his children, but Michael's own father Joe stated that he had a sister with the condition, so it is obvious that it is in the family genetics. Think also about how Michael was picked on for this condition. Many in the news media and even in the public never believed that the man had the condition. It wasn't until his autopsy that the coroner validated the fact that the man did in fact have Vitiligo. (surprise, surprise)
So is this the reason Michael Jackson wanted to have white children? Well, although Vitiligo is noticeable on Caucasians the condition is much easier to hide. I am sure Michael had to have studied this condition and passing it on to an offspring. So imagine the torment he must of went through, he wanted kids desperately but feared passing this skin disorder and perhaps even the disease Lupus onto them. This is why I don't dispute that he might have entertained the possibility of using a sperm donor and even getting donations at one point because of these fears. But I stand firm to the belief that in the end he chose to father his children himself; too many things points to the fact that he did. One in particular is the fact that Michael's oldest son is already showing signs of Vitiligo.
I have to wonder what went through Michael Jackson's mind when he saw that his eldest son Prince had obviously contacted the condition. He must have known prior to his death. I can't see how he wouldn't have known.
The bottom line here is that I could understand why Michael might have wanted children who were white even if it was a decision that he wasn't making on a conscious level, because he knew that Vitiligo could genetically be passed on to one of his children. A fact that came to pass, but a gamble that Michael was willing to take because that was how much he wanted to be a father.
Now knowing all of this does that exonerate Michael from being a racist against his own African American race? Well, I can tell you one thing I think if Michael was against his own race that he wouldn't have donated millions of dollars to African American causes the way he did. Michael gave to many African American causes such as: United Negro College Fund, United Negro College Fund Ladders of Hope, NAACP, National Rainbow Coalition (Social change for workers, women and people of color), and Minority Aides Project, just to name a few.
So, while Bob Jones in his book, "Michael Jackson: The Man Behind the Mask", will call him a racist, I will not. You will have to decide for yourself, but personally I think Michael Jackson loved all races and didn't disseminate against any of them, and that is why I think he is so loved throughout the whole world.