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It took a white president to pardon Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion, for having sex with white women. Barack Obama wouldn’t touch it, to the dismay and puzzlement of many. Perhaps Johnson’s history was too messy. After winning the world title in 1908, Johnson flaunted his lust for money, clothes, cars, jewelry […]

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President Donald Trump has granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after what Trump said many feel was a racially motivated injustice.

The post ‘It’s about time’: Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson appeared first on theGrio.

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Barack Obama, Boxing, Donald Trump, Jack Johnson, Race, World Heavyweight Championship -

Don’t be surprised that Donald Trump is expressing enthusiasm about pardoning Jack Johnson while Barack Obama ignored it. The first black heavyweight champion was wrongfully imprisoned a century ago by racist authorities who were outraged by his destruction of white boxers and his relationships with white women. In 2004, a group of people began seeking […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Boxing, Jack Johnson, Jim Jeffries, Tommy Burns, World Heavyweight Championship -

Jack Johnson could not have been less fazed by Tommy Burns. After years of Johnson buying ringside seats to taunt and humiliate the world heavyweight champion, here he was in rounds two through four with his back to Burns, talking to members of the crowd. At one point, Johnson invited Burns, who had defended his […]

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The warden at Leavenworth Federal Prison had scheduled the fights to start at 3 in the afternoon. But guests started arriving at noon and officials struggled to find enough seats to accommodate the crowd of 2,000, including 300 reporters, state officials and other notables. The rest of the crowd was made up of prisoners dressed […]

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Boxing, Commentary, Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather, Jack Johnson, Race -

Follow the unprecedented money and hype flowing to the upcoming match between ring great Floyd Mayweather Jr. and mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor and you quickly come to one of the most pernicious archetypes in boxing, if not all of sports: the Great White Hope. Surely, fight fans no longer believe that the status […]

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50 Greatest, Alice Coachman, Allen Iverson, Althea Gibson, Barry Bonds, Commentary, Harrison Dillard, Jack Johnson, John Carlos, Kobe Bryant, Lawrence Taylor, Lisa Leslie, O.J. Simpson, Sheryl Swoopes, Tiger Woods, Tommie Smith -

The list is complete. The 50 Greatest Black Athletes have been determined by the public — 10,350 adults whom SurveyMonkey polled to decide who should be considered the best of the best in black athletic supremacy based upon four factors: overall ranking, dominance, inspiration and impact on society. For months, debates have swirled in The […]

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Barack Obama, Boxing, Jack Johnson, Race, Social Activism -

Jack Johnson’s sex life with white women may still be unforgivable, even by President Barack Obama. A century ago, outraged by the first black heavyweight champion’s dominance in the ring and flaunting of his white girlfriends outside of it, racist authorities convicted Johnson of transporting women across state lines “for immoral purposes.” Sentenced to the […]

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Althea Gibson, black athletes, Fritz Pollard, jack johnson, john carlos, larry doby, List, Sports, tommie smith -

Jack Johnson When he beat Tommy Burns for the world heavyweight championship in 1908, Johnson became […]

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