Michael Jackson's Black?

This is not intended to be offensive, and my appologies if it does offend.

Ok so here is my question. I was coming home late today and on the way out of the tube station and at the top of the stairs in the Newsagent's window were a load of magazines for black interest such as Ebony. Now this month every single magazine had Michael Jackson on the cover. Are these magazines promoting Michael Jackson as a black role model? Of course he was hugely successful, but he had several lawsuits against him and so on... but this is a man who spent most of the latter half of his life trying to not be black... Is this really what young people should be taught, that being themselves, no matter how great or successful, is not enough?