It was pretty beautiful hearing everyone blasting Michael Jackson songs all over the streets of Brooklyn.
“His race was very blurry,” said Ning Liu, 28, an electrical engineer who moved to the Chicago suburbs from China four years ago.
Still, it was Mr. Jackson’s changeability that, in part, allowed him to resonate with millions of people around the world.
Mr. Liu, who went to Gary to place flowers outside Mr. Jackson’s childhood home, said: “His voice, his look, the way he did things — it didn’t fit the stereotype people had of black people. People were not afraid of him.”