Michael Jackson

by ethnic on June 26, 2009

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Birth Name: Michael Joseph Jackson

Date of Birth: August 29, 1958

Place of Birth: Gary, Indiana, U.S.

Date of Death: June 25, 2009

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California

Ethnicity: African-American

Michael Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. He was nicknamed the “King of Pop”. He electrified audiences with his stage performances and dance routines. He was the brother of singer, songwriter, and actress Janet Jackson and singer and songwriter La Toya Jackson. He had three children, including Paris Jackson. Musicians 3T (Tariano Jackson, Taryll Jackson, and Tito Jackson) are his nephews.

Michael went through an abusive childhood at the hands of his father, Joseph. Many believe that this experience resulted in Michael’s mental instability and often changing appearance later on in his life. Despite the controversies in Michael’s life, he has always been loved by his fans. Michael died on June 25, 2009, at the age of 50, due to cardiac arrest.

Michael Jackson was African-American.

Michael was the son of Katherine/Kattie Esther/B. (Scruse) and Joseph Walter Jackson.

Michael’s father has stated that he has Native American ancestry. Michael’s brother Jermaine has said this also. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented. Joseph has also stated that he has some caucasian roots. It has also been said that Michael’s mother has Blackfoot Native American ancestry, also as yet unverified, at least publicly.

Michael’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Joseph Jackson (the son of Israel Nero Jackson and Emeline Williams). Samuel was said to be of partial Choctaw Native American descent (as well as having black ancestry). It is not clear if this has been verified. Israel and Emeline are listed only as “Black” on United States censuses. Israel was the son of Jack July Gayle/Milam and Mary Freeman or Gina Gale.

Michael’s paternal grandmother was Crystal Lee King (the daughter of Samuel King and Gertrude Daniel). Samuel was the son of William King and Nellie. Gertrude was the daughter of Tom Daniel and Mattie. Mattie was said to be the daughter of a white woman and a black slave man.

Michael’s maternal grandfather was Prince Albert Screws/Scruse (the son of Prince Scruse and Julia Belle Jordan). Michael’s great-grandfather Prince was the son of Prince Screws and Mary Etta. Julia was the daughter of Julius Willis Jordan and Rosetta Hall.

Michael’s maternal grandmother was Martha “Mattie” Upshaw (the daughter of Daniel Upshaw and Jeanette Brown). Daniel was the son of Jonas Upshaw and Minerva Grant. Jeanette was the daughter of Columbus Brown and Henrietta Peterson.

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Photo by Alan Light

Sources: Genealogies of Michael Jackson – http://www.wargs.com

Information (some potentially unverified) on Michael’s family history – http://www.truemichaeljackson.com

Michael’s paternal great-grandparents, Israel Nero Jackson and Emeline Williams, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Israel Nero Jackson and Emeline Williams on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Israel Nero Jackson and Emeline Williams on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Israel Nero Jackson and Emeline Williams on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Likely Michael’s great-grandfather, Israel Nero Jackson, on the 1870 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Michael Jackson (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

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andrew July 24, 2017 at 5:59 am

Israel Nero Jackson really had an interesting look.

MettaWorkPlease December 23, 2016 at 5:57 pm

Why I’m I not surprised that his dad, Joseph & his brother, Jermaine (of all his siblings) claim to have other ancestry? It’s too obvious that family are a bunch of self hating negroes, that’s why Michael did all that crap to his face & looked like a white woman when he died. That resentment of their black skin must have been taught to him by his father. Jermaine ate it up, the guy is greasy as hell, he’d light up if he stood near fire. Just look at all the Jacksons, all the men are with non black women, until recently, Janet was the only one who at least dated black men, but well, she’s a Jackson, so it was only a matter of time before she realized her true nature & dated outside. Then you have people like LaToya, who ruin their appearance to appear non black. Michael Jackson had no problem leaving his fortune to some white kids who don’t have his blood & were raised white, that’s why his ‘daughter’ has no problem dating a guy with a confederate tattoo on his arm. The next generation of Jackson’s will have no black face in sight, that’s why Janet probably had to get a non black mate to have kids with because she knew if she had a black baby, her self hating family would treat the baby like crap

fuzzybear44 December 24, 2016 at 1:24 am

Quote( The next generation of Jackson’s will have no black face in sight)

I was thinking the same thing. I saw the family picture, and I couldn’t believe it

fuzzybear44 December 24, 2016 at 1:26 am

Also you know Jamaicans have that problem now. They want to look like Mike, with that pale skin

luckystar November 25, 2016 at 6:41 am

He doesnt look white
he looks like a nigga depigmented, cant fit in euro ethnicities

bearboy November 26, 2016 at 5:29 pm

I think you would fit perfectly on storm front.

fuzzybear44 November 26, 2016 at 11:45 pm


yes I always felt that about her

luckystar December 22, 2016 at 12:52 pm

just the true, michael jackson looks weird and in this pic looks latino, not white
white is not about skin colour and his face is off european
i couldnt mistaken him for even iberian or maltese

savanna December 23, 2016 at 11:03 am

I really wish he had stopped with the plastic surgery at the time of that picture.

neiltennant August 23, 2016 at 6:03 pm

at the end of his life due to plastic surgery he had become a whitie -=)

we could easily pass for father and son haha

LucarioCooper August 18, 2016 at 9:44 pm

This is actually very interesting. I can conclude he does have blackfoot in him because I do.

Me and him has similar features such as eyes, nose(mines is a little smaller while head is a tiny bit bigger), hair, and soft voice.

I learned from my family that my Dad is African-American or Zimbabwe(not sure yet) and Native American Blackfoot. My grandmother was Blackfoot with very long curls(highly light-skinned), but not in a form of an Afro.

My mom is Afro-Caribbean(U.S Virgin Islander) and the way her hair grows intrigues me. It doesn’t really grow up like my hair. My dad’s hair was very curly too.

I remember my hair was starting to fall down, and my friend told me I looked like Michael. I wasn’t a fan, but now is listening to a lot of his songs. Lol.

I can safely say our eyes are our best features.

fuzzybear44 January 28, 2016 at 4:41 am

I don’t care if it is a comedy, a white man (Joseph Fiennes ) playing Michael Jackson is yet another spit in the face

follers January 28, 2016 at 9:08 am

Michael Jackson was white.

slowdive January 28, 2016 at 6:25 pm

He was a self-hating Negro. Michael probably would’ve happy at a white actor playing him.

phaedra April 16, 2016 at 9:47 pm

You’re a typical social justice warrior.

Get out more, please.

fuzzybear44 April 17, 2016 at 1:22 am


First don’t worry about me, I get out just fine. Secondly since you wish to label me, I’m more of a (Factual Historian) justice warrior.

Kimmel June 5, 2016 at 4:15 am

Whitewashing. They want it to be a success so they can keep making more shows about his ‘white period’, diluting his ‘black period’ as a star.

savanna January 27, 2016 at 10:39 am
follers January 27, 2016 at 3:12 pm

So it’s his maternal grandfather you’re saying was part Native American now?

While this is also hearsay, a descendant of July Gale says here that July was a slave.

Given the names of his sisters listed on the census, I’m reasonably sure that’s the correct Israel Nero Jackson listed in 1870. No other person with the same name and age seems to have lived in Mississippi. It’s entirely possible “July Gale” was a family legend of some sort. I’m not sure if his existence has been proven (it may have been).

Stories of Native American ancestry seem to be even more, or at least as, common among African-Americans as they are among white Americans. At this point I don’t believe either without some documented evidence.

savanna January 27, 2016 at 5:29 pm

It is claimed that both Joseph and Katherine Jackson have Native American ancestry.
I know it’s not confirmed, I am just posting what I find on the matter.
I personally believe the Jackson’s, although I know it could all be family myth.

I don’t think we will get documented evidence since records for black and biracial people (one drop rule) are more difficult to find because of insufficient record keeping for blacks before the Civil War. :( White American ancestry is far better documented.

Hopefully, we get more valid information in the future.

fuzzybear44 January 28, 2016 at 4:32 am


Even with white people, I wouldn’t trust the paper work. Another problem with the blk/native mix, is that many didn’t live within the tribes, so they wouldn’t have been documented. During relocations, many of these mixes left, without being put on record. Also a lot of family records were destroyed during fires(whole city blocks when up like that). Just putting this in here.

bearboy January 26, 2016 at 7:42 pm

If @Bearboy was to guess his hero Michael Jackson has Native American ancestry. @Bearboy even read somewhere that African-American’s were on average 2% Native American!

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