Michelle Malkin

Cry me a river. Michael Jackson's father is blaming -- what else? -- American "racism" for his ghoulish son's persistent legal and personal problems.

 Joe Jackson reportedly told CBS News's "48 Hours":

This is just the United States. All the rest of the countries, all over the world, are proud of Michael. It's here we have the most trouble out of them. It is racism.

 Who is "them"? After millions of American record buyers of all races propelled Michael Jackson to unimaginable heights of fame and fortune during the past four decades, we are now supposed to believe that this nation's unparalleled societal intolerance for black people led to the King of Pop's fall from grace.

 Public revulsion over Jackson's descent into plastic surgery madness?

 "It's racism," if you believe Joe Jackson.

 The chimp and Elephant Man bone fetishes?

 "It's racism," if you believe Joe Jackson.

 The abnormal man-boy relationships and sleepover parties at the Neverland Ranch?

 "It's racism," if you believe Joe Jackson.

 Jackson's burka-covered children and baby-dangling abuse?

 "It's racism," if you believe Joe Jackson.

 Forget the Jackson family's blindness. Ignore Jackson's own bad judgment. Overlook the recklessness of star-struck parents who allowed Jackson to have such creepy, intimate contact with their children.

 It all comes down to "racism." And it's only in America. A successful black man in show biz just can't get a fair shake in this country, if you believe Joe Jackson.

 I wonder if Snoop Doggy Dogg agrees.

 The big-pimping black rapper formerly known as Calvin Broadus is currently the hottest commodity in America's entertainment industry. "Hot Dogg," crows the latest issue of Blender magazine. "Movie star, Pee Wee Football coach, bigger-than-ever hip-hop icon, Snoop Dogg has left his thugsta days far behind," the feature article raves.

  "His career is smokin'," the Los Angeles Times muses in its glowing profile of Snoop topped with a tasteless headline making light of the rapper's infamous marijuana-puffing habits.

 Every one of Snoop's albums during the last 13 years has gone platinum. He has been nominated for two Grammy awards this month and is currently on a nationwide concert tour. The gang-banging, crack-dealing, pot-smoking ex-convict has graduated from making gangsta rap and porn videos to video games, MTV specials, a best-selling autobiography, several cameo movie appearances and executive producing and starring in his own family-oriented feature film ("Coach Snoop").

Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010).

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