In Michael Jackson's music video and song "Black or White," the main theme is clearly that of racial difference and its importance in society. Michael Jackson, being an African American boy growing up in a white-supremacist America, wished to be seen as equal to his peers in this sense. He always had an underlying desire to appear to be Caucasian, and places a very large personal value on physical appearance. The primary message that Jackson is trying to communicate throughout this song is that race is not an important factor in determining who a person is. This idea was a very progressive one at the time, and such themes have arguably been more easily assimilated into modern culture with the help of other media. Outside of this particular video, Michael Jackson's insecurities are easily visible in his series of plastic surgeries, none of which have actual medical reasoning or justification to support the decision. Theories behind this are that in a family setting as a child, much emphasis was placed upon the appearance of Michael Jackson and his siblings in their musical group. It has been speculated that Michael Jackson's change in physical appearance/ skin tone has been in some ways "backed up" by his song "Black or White," And reminds his listeners that one of the key traits that they so admire about him and his music is that when listening to his music, it doesn't matter if it was a black man or a white man that produced it; the most important factor is the quality of the music itself. In this way, Michael Jackson never failed to deliver, always giving 110% to ensure that his next album release would be everything that his fans hoped for it to be. As a character, Michael Jackson attempted to draw attention away from the less important traits of physical appearance, and equal treatment of persons regardless of race in the same manner that many promote the equal treatment of persons regardless of sexual orientation or gender.
Black or White
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