My Jim Crow Life Story Written by: Michael Joseph Jackson
Early Life <ul><li>I was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29 1958. </li></ul><ul><li>My mother, Katherine, is a devout Jeho...
Early Career <ul><li>I was lucky enough to gain success as a young child as a member and leader of a music group with my b...
My Late and Very Public Life <ul><li>In 1993 I was accused of child molestation, and I chose to settle outside of court. T...
My Success <ul><li>I currently have nine platinum records. </li></ul><ul><li>I have supported more then 39 different chari...
It Starts <ul><li>I may be famous, but even beautiful people need their sleep. </li></ul><ul><li>Tomorrow will be another ...
Wake Up. <ul><li>I awoke this morning feeling quite strange. I rolled out of bed and found myself not in my bed, but on a ...
The Early Years <ul><li>I strangely recall that I was born in Little Rock, Arkansas to my father Joseph and mother Katheri...
Living in  a White World <ul><li>My father told me very early on that there was a big difference between blacks and whites...
The Jackson House <ul><li>I remember my father being an ambitious man. He was always looking for a get rich quick scheme. ...
The Jackson 5 <ul><li>It was my fathers idea. “Five cute black brothers singing their hearts out, what’s not to like?” Exc...
Michigan? <ul><li>My father must have been crazy. We were poor, we were black, we couldn’t just pack up everything and mov...
Our Studio Release <ul><li>It was hard for any poor black man to make money, but somehow Berry Gordy Jr. the President of ...
The Plan <ul><li>I knew that to live my dream, I would have to change. There are no successful black men in the world, the...
Marry Me? <ul><li>I decided that I couldn’t risk getting married. I would have to have my birth certificate, and things co...
Not the Plan <ul><li>Unfortunately everything did not go as planned. </li></ul><ul><li>I released six albums under the gui...
The End <ul><li>Guess I lived a decent live, but now here I am, stuck in a jail cell.  </li></ul><ul><li>Apparently the ju...
Freedom <ul><li>“ Whatever the immediate gains and losses, the dangers to our safety arising from political suppression ar...
Bibliography <ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jackson </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jacks...
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

My Jim Crow Life Story

1,380 views

Published on

0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
1,380
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
26
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
16
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

My Jim Crow Life Story

  1. 1. My Jim Crow Life Story Written by: Michael Joseph Jackson
  2. 2. Early Life <ul><li>I was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29 1958. </li></ul><ul><li>My mother, Katherine, is a devout Jehovah’s Witness. As much as my father, Joseph, tried to convert he was never very religious, </li></ul><ul><li>But my father was a strong believer in discipline, I remember many times when he went to punish us, he would use a belt or a cane. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Early Career <ul><li>I was lucky enough to gain success as a young child as a member and leader of a music group with my brothers, The Jackson 5 </li></ul><ul><li>I also released several solo albums and some people refer to me as the “King of Pop” </li></ul>
  4. 4. My Late and Very Public Life <ul><li>In 1993 I was accused of child molestation, and I chose to settle outside of court. The accusations were completely false and the parents were doing it entirely for the money I gave them. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2003 I was then accused of drugging a minor so that I could perform lewd things to him. I was found innocent of all charges. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2005 I was again charged with child molestation, and again found innocent of all charges against me. </li></ul>
  5. 5. My Success <ul><li>I currently have nine platinum records. </li></ul><ul><li>I have supported more then 39 different charities with money or sponsorship help. </li></ul><ul><li>I hold the record for the most Grammy Awards and American Music Awards received in one year (eight at each). </li></ul><ul><li>I also hold the record of having the most Billboard awards. I have 26. </li></ul>
  6. 6. It Starts <ul><li>I may be famous, but even beautiful people need their sleep. </li></ul><ul><li>Tomorrow will be another beautiful day. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Wake Up. <ul><li>I awoke this morning feeling quite strange. I rolled out of bed and found myself not in my bed, but on a cot. I am not sure how I got here, but thinking back I may be able to figure out how. </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Early Years <ul><li>I strangely recall that I was born in Little Rock, Arkansas to my father Joseph and mother Katherine. I remember not being very well off, my father was merely a crane operator at a local steel company. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Living in a White World <ul><li>My father told me very early on that there was a big difference between blacks and whites. We were not equal. </li></ul><ul><li>“ The alleged menace of universal suffrage having been avoided by the absolute suppression of the negro vote, the spirit of mob murder should have been satisfied and the butchery of negroes should have ceased . “ ~ Ida B. Wells </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Jackson House <ul><li>I remember my father being an ambitious man. He was always looking for a get rich quick scheme. I learned early on that being black, was not a way to be rich. Unless you figured out a way to trick the white people into thinking you weren’t black. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Jackson 5 <ul><li>It was my fathers idea. “Five cute black brothers singing their hearts out, what’s not to like?” Except for the one thing that he wouldn’t let get in his way. Most whites, were we lived, did not think us five black brothers were “cute”. On top of living in a nobody town in the middle of Arkansas? My father decided that it was time to move. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Michigan? <ul><li>My father must have been crazy. We were poor, we were black, we couldn’t just pack up everything and move to Michigan. But my father had heard of a recording studio, run by a black man, who recorded black groups. My father said this was our big chance, to make a difference in the world for all blacks, and all people. </li></ul><ul><li>The studio was Motown’s Studio A, they even owned their own record label! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Our Studio Release <ul><li>It was hard for any poor black man to make money, but somehow Berry Gordy Jr. the President of Motown Records, had gotten enough money to buy this house, and all the equipment he needed. They were obviously cheaply made, but still it was OUR music being played on the record player, and man did that feel good. </li></ul><ul><li>The group would travel a little, to different black towns and play in bars and such. </li></ul><ul><li>I released my own single that brought me a little popularity with our fans. I wanted to do this for the rest of my life. </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Plan <ul><li>I knew that to live my dream, I would have to change. There are no successful black men in the world, they might be a little luckier than I am, but they are not successful. The only way to make a point in the world is to be a white person. So I guess its time for me to become white. </li></ul><ul><li>You are probably wondering how I am going to accomplish that? I have recently noticed that my skin in some parts of my body has started to become pink, like a white persons skin. I figure that if I can get all of my skin to change to that color, then I can pass for a white person and live my dream of being an entertainer. </li></ul>You can see here how light my skin had already become. I also learned that as my skin became lighter, my popularity with whites rose. Below you can see how dark my skin used to be.
  15. 15. Marry Me? <ul><li>I decided that I couldn’t risk getting married. I would have to have my birth certificate, and things could just get ugly. I cut all ties with my family, realizing I could get them, and myself, in a lot of trouble. Who would have though being white was this hard to keep up? I had to constantly keep myself in check, and work on how to interact with other whites. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Not the Plan <ul><li>Unfortunately everything did not go as planned. </li></ul><ul><li>I released six albums under the guise of being white, and boy did they eat it up. One reviewer wrote about me and said, “I am simply amazed that this music could come out of such a delicate white boy!” </li></ul><ul><li>Which made people ask questions, which got me dragged to a police station in Texas, which figured out that I was Michael Jackson, of the Jackson 5. (they called our group one of the worst forms of music on the planet) </li></ul><ul><li>Being arrested wasn’t that bad, until I realized what I was going to be charged for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Impersonating a White </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interacting with Whites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dining with Whites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing a cab with Whites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Performing for Whites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shopping with and buying from Whites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And anything else they could pin on me, or make up to get me in even more trouble </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It was not the best day of my life. </li></ul>
  17. 17. The End <ul><li>Guess I lived a decent live, but now here I am, stuck in a jail cell. </li></ul><ul><li>Apparently the judges in Texas aren’t very lenient. </li></ul><ul><li>The other inmate tells me that on the day of my execution I am let out and told to run as far away as I can. I am given a one hour head start and then they start to give chase. If I am caught, I am public executed, by the public for the public. If I manage to avoid capture, then I am free, as long as they never catch up to me. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Freedom <ul><li>“ Whatever the immediate gains and losses, the dangers to our safety arising from political suppression are always greater than the dangers to the safety resulting from political freedom. Suppression is always foolish. Freedom is always wise .” ~ Alexander Meiklejohn </li></ul>
  19. 19. Bibliography <ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jackson </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jackson_5 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.recordingeq.com/2006motown/06motown24.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.courttv.com/trials/jackson/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_trial_of_Michael_Jackson </li></ul><ul><li>http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/05/050428.neal.shtml </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/i/idabwells295211.html </li></ul>

×