Part 7 of my series on racial identity and genealogical heritage here in Southeastern Ohio. Meet Micheal L. Jackson b.1949 in Zanesville, Ohio.
"My family history comes from Lancashire, England, my ancestors came over as indentured servants, they where already mixed. After moving on from their original settlement because of the way they were being treated, they moved down to a place called Philippi, West Virginia, there was a mountain down there called Chestnut Ridge. They found a place where they thought white or black people would never bother them. They discovered that a group of Indians were living there, who avoided the Trail of Tears, and they hid in those mountains, and eventually the two groups mixed. If you talk to any of those people today they consider themselves Indians (Native American).
Growing up I had blonde hair and blue eyes, and needless to say I had some difficulties. It’s funny when you’re called the “N” word and you’re called cracker too, or half bread and those things never bothered me. What bothered me was my brother and sister being picked on. They called me sensitive when I was growing up, cause I have temper but you’ll never see it I keep it inside. I learned that I don’t have to be that way. I don’t have to let what you think or say bother me, because my goal in life is to be happy, and once I understood what was keeping me from being happy, I learn to accept the things I can’t change.”
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