Re: [Generation-Mixed] Actor: James Earl Jones
- He is Choctaw? I always read that he is Cherokee. I am suprised the article didn't mention this.Tonya
multiracialbookclub <soaptalk@...> wrote:
JAMES EARL JONES FAMILY FACTS:
ACTOR, James Earl Jones was born January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla , Mississippi .
His father, Robert Earl Jones, was onetime actor and professional boxer.
Robert's nickname in the ring was "Battling Bill Stovall."
He is of mixed African and Native American ancestry.
His grandmother, Maggie Anderson, was part Choctaw Indian.
Jones' great-great-grandmother, Parthenia Connolly,
was an Irish-born indentured servant [who is
said to have] married a former slave named Brice.
Because Brice had no surname of his
own, he took his wife's name "Connolly."
Jones was raised by his maternal grandparents
Maggie Anderson and John Henry Connolly.
Learn more about the Connollys in the 1930 US Census.COMMENT:
It should always be remembered that the 'African-Americans' (AA)
are a largely (+70%) Multi-Racial (Mixed-Race) `Ethnic' group
and they (although they share a partial-lineage) they ARE NOT the
same group as the `Black-Americans' (BA) Mono-Racial `Race' group.
Thus, even if a person is born to two parents who are both of the
African-American 'Ethnic' grouping AND have also (as a result of
the racist 'one-drop rule') been erroneously `categorized' as being
"black" -- the person (and, of course, their parents) can still be
of lineage which has been continually Mixed-Race/Multi-Racial lineage
-- as 'African-American' (like Irish) is an 'Ethnicity' that can both
encompass and overlap across many different "races" and admixtures
and, once again, is not synonymous with the term "Black"-race
(despite the erroneous and culturally-illiterate impression
-- provided by the media and politicians in recent years).
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