"Throughout History, White men have always branded the pages of history with great white hopes putting Whites over Blacks as nobles," he wrote.
"It don't matter if you're black or white," were words that millions of viewers across the globe heard Michael Jackson sing in the chart-topping song, Black or White, the song that enforced his title of the King of Pop.
Over the course of his controversy-ridden life, Michael Jackson has been vocal about racial issues. And in a rare note that the singer wrote to his friends, Jackson calls out legendary musicians like The Beatles and Elvis for having a certain control over the music industry due to their privilege of being White.
The note, reportedly written in 1987, was said to have been written when Jackson was standing atop the peak of his career, and the anger he felt over racial inequality was made clear in his handwritten note, reported The Sun.
Jackson wrote in the note, "Throughout History, White men have always branded the pages of history with great white hopes putting Whites over Blacks as Nobles like Elvis being the King of Rock and Roll, Springsteen being the BOSS or The Beatles being the best."
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"Yes, these guys were good but they weren't better singers or dancers than the Blacks," the singer added. "The difference is Whites control the press, the media and they can make the public believe whatever they desire."
I will change this "NOW" with the power of my songs and dance and "looks" and TOTAL inclusiveness and mystery world. I will rule as the King. I am not prejudice, its just time for the first Black King now."
His notes about racial inequality were "passed to a friend" in 2003 after police raids were conducted at his Neverland ranch in California over allegations of child abuse. "Michael trusted his friends more than his family, and he wanted his treasures to be in safe hands," a source said.
The notes that Jackson wrote also said that he wanted to be King so that "white children can have Black heroes so they don't grow up prejudiced," quoted the Daily Mail.
"My goal is to become so 'Big,' so powerful. To become such a hero, to end prejudice," he wrote. "To make these little white kids love me by selling over 200,000,000 albums."
Adding that he "hated inequality in record business," Jackson mentioned that "blacks weren't able to be on MTV."
"We don't put Blacks on our covers. Blacks don't smile... all of this put a fire in me to get the recognition so whites and Blacks of all races love me to be on the cover of Time, Life, Newsweek. But I did it over anger. To get even. To prove myself. I love white people, Black people, all races. I want what's fair. Now is the time for my kingship forever. I want all races to love as one."
Speaking of Jackson and his opinions on race would often bring up questions about the singer's skin getting lighter throughout his career. When the Black singer's skin became whiter, speculations came up about whether he was trying to mask his identity or was he ashamed about his roots and his race. There were questions about whether he intentionally changed his skin tone, reported The Guardian. However, in the mid-1980s, the singer was diagnosed with a skin disorder called vitiligo. The effect of this skin disorder is the loss of pigmentation in patches across the body.
Embarrassed about the effects of the disease, Jackson reportedly tried to hide the patches by wearing sunglasses, masks, hats, and long-sleeved shirts. Along with his medical history confirming that he had vitiligo, the autopsy report following his death in 2009 also confirmed that he had the skin disorder. He said that he had cosmetic surgery because of the disorder and admitted that he was hurt by the accusations of him having done it because of his race.
"This is the situation," he said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. "I have a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin. It is something I cannot help, OK? But when people make up stories that I don’t want to be what I am it hurts me... It’s a problem for me that I can’t control."
After admitting that he had plastic surgery, he declared, "I am a black American. I am proud of my race. I am proud of who I am."