Ta-Nehisi Coates: Michael Jackson’s talent connected to the ‘rape and plunder’ that made America

One thing you can’t fault Ta-Nehisi Coates for is lacking in controversial opinions. Today the Atlantic published his take in Kanye West which also leans heavily on Michael Jackson or, more precisely, on Coates’ view of Michael Jackson. As Coates sees it, Jackson was a supremely gifted black artist who wanted to be white. But the climax of the piece comes as Coates describes attending a show at Madison Square Garden in 2001 where Jackson performed Billie Jean. During that performance,


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