Michael Jackson and the End of White Supremacy
With the passing of Michael Jackson we see the coming end of white supremacy. Michael was not only the greatest entertainer of all time, far surpassing Sinatra, Elvis,
Luther and James Brown, although he was a James Brown student. But in his persona we saw a person trapped in the world of white supremacy, a very African wide-nosed brother who came to hate himself and did all in his power to become white, and so God granted his wish. Michael thus symbolizes a Pan African tragedy sweeping the world from South African to Jamaica: the long cherished fad of bleaching cream made popular in black America. In their hatred of blackness resulting from the addiction to white supremacy and cultural imperialism, millions of Michaels, boys and girls, try to alter their appearance for the white standard of beauty. In their self hatred is the suicidal desire to self destruct their God given African beauty for the European esthetic. Of course the desire for white skin only symbolizes their mental condition, or the absorption of the Eurocentric paradigm, a direct result of colonialism and sadly Michael and many of this present generation believe the hype that white is right, yellow is mellow, black get back, brown stick around. E. Franklin Frazier called it the world of make believe. He cited Ebony magazine for perpetuating this false world. And we wonder has the time come for Ebony to make its demise along with Michael. We hear Ebony is shrinking by the minute, and even Jet, the Negro Bible, may be on the way out as well.
So the world of white supremacy is in meltdown, and with its demise will go the sick esthetic of Eurocentricism that colonized the mentality of billions of people, making them hate themselves and love the master race. We hail the passing of such world hegemony. And we were sad that one of our greatest entertainers was a victim. May he rest in peace.
We pray all those Africans using bleaching cream from South Africa to Jamaica will get a grip on themselves and enter a detoxification program to recover from the addiction to white supremacy. After all, Michael told you about the Man in the Mirror. Take a look—you may discover Black is Beautiful!
Marvin X is author of the manual How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy, A Pan-African 12 Step Model, foreword by Dr. Nathan Hare, afterword by Ptah Allah El, Black Bird Press, $19.95, 1222 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94702.