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Opinion: Comparing the Jackson Families

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The midwest has played host to more than its share of celebrities, and celebrity politicians. 

    We claim President Barack Obama and Kanye West, to name a couple. 

    Perhaps none is more famous in this town than the Jacksons. 

    Oh, wait: Which Jacksons do you mean? There were the Jackson Five Jacksons, and the Rainbow Push Jacksons, too. 

    Interesting the similarities between the two families. 

    HOMETOWN:

    Political Jacksons: Chicago, Illinois

    Musical Jacksons: Gary, Indiana

    PATRIARCH:
    Political Jacksons: Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.
    Musical Jacksons: Joe Jackson
    DOWN HOME ORIGINS:
    Political Jacksons: South Carolina
    Musical Jacksons: Arkansas
    GODFATHER:
    Political Jacksons: Martin Luther King Jr.
    Musical Jacksons: Berry Gordy Jr.
    NUMBER OF CHILDREN:
    Political Jacksons: 8
    Musical Jacksons: 6
    MOST UNUSUAL NAME:
    Political Jacksons: Yusuf
    Musical Jacksons: Tito
    MATERIAL INDULGENCES:
    Political Jacksons: $40,000 Rolex watch
    Musical Jacksons: Neverland Ranch
    BLACK SHEEP:
    Political Jacksons: Ashley, Jesse Sr.’s 13-year-old daughter with a mistress.
    Musical Jacksons: LaToya
    GOLDEN BOY WHO RUINED CAREER WITH BIZARRE, NEUROTIC BEHAVIOR:
    Political Jacksons: Jesse Jr.
    Musical Jacksons: Michael 
    BEST RHYME:
    Political Jacksons: “We need hope in our brains/ Not dope in our veins”
    Musical Jacksons: “ABC/Easy as 1-2-3/As simple as do-re-mi/ABC, 1-2-3, baby you and me.”
    RIVAL FAMILY:
    Political Jacksons: The Beavers
    Musical Jacksons: The Osmonds
    FUTURE WITHOUT MOST FAMOUS SON:
    Political Jacksons: None
    Musical Jacksons: None