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Michael Jackson is a genius^ based on the reality that he mainstreamed the AA presence in western media He was the first one to do so. He was an entertainer and this has nothing to do with reading books that's a separate subject. People love their entertainment ya know that's how we are.
Arguably the first would be Motown Records and their stable of artists, of which the Jackson 5 were a part in the late 60s and early 70s.
Yesd Michael certainly had Vitiligo. His autopsy confirmed this, anyone who doesn't want to believe it is ignorant. It is a devestaing condition to have especially in front of the world. Vitiliso causes you skin to lose pigment in patches, Michael said he tried to cover it up for as long as possible which is why he wore tons of make-up in the 80's, eventually it spread so he underwent a skin depigmentation process which explains why he was so pale. I'm sure Michael thought he was handling it the best he could.
Growing up with a sister who has the disease, there are many signs you can tell from. When he started wearing the glove, that shows that the skin around his hand had become a problem. When his hair caught on fire for the Pepsi shoot, much of his head became a problem. It was hard for my sister to cope with a lot of it, but at least she was nominally white to begin with. He was a black man with patches of albino skin.
The doctors told my sister that the best solution for her would be to do what MJ did and have all of her pigmentation removed. My mother hated that idea, so my sister just lived with it. She's mostly been in remission for a few years, but certain spots will never go away.