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Boxer's Pardon Would End Left's Labeling Trump as Racist

Boxer's Pardon Would End Left's Labeling Trump as Racist
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By with Michael R. Shannon
Tuesday, 01 May 2018 08:11 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Here’s a question that requires an opinion from an expert leftist member of the racism police. Would a noted white racist ever pardon a controversial black man who knew multiple white women in a biblical way?

The topic is relevant because the Associated Press reports actor Sylvester Stallone has requested President Trump pardon the first black heavyweight champion boxer, Jack Johnson.

For many of us our first exposure to both Johnson and James Earl Jones was the movie, "The Great White Hope." Jones portrayed Johnson and did it so well his performance was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor and did win a Golden Globe for Best Actor.

The movie poster had one of the best headlines ever. "He could beat any white man in the world. He just couldn’t beat all of them."

Johnson was a great fighter with a lurid personal life. I was going to write "private life" but little about Johnson was private. He won the heavyweight title in 1908 (for complete details on Johnson’s career, Wikipedia does a good job). In that time of Jim Crow there were real racists in the United States.

The system was stacked against the black man.

None of today’s exaggeration and hysteria necessary.

Sports bigots demanded James Jeffries come out of retirement to defeat Johnson, claiming he was The Great White Hope. Jeffries, persuaded by a fortune in appearance money, got in shape and lost in 15 rounds. He was a very gracious loser in a time not marked by grace toward blacks.

In describing the fight, Jeffries explained, "I could never have whipped Johnson at my best. I couldn't have hit him. No, I couldn't have reached him in 1,000 years."

Former white champion John L. Sullivan agreed, "Scarcely has there ever been a championship contest that was so one-sided . . . The best man won . . . "

If Johnson had confined his notoriety to the ring, he might have avoided the full force of the federal government coming down on him. But he didn’t. Johnson dated and married white women, two in fact, and that was the last straw for the racists.

Johnson was arrested for violating the Mann Act which forbid "transporting women across state lines for immoral purposes," only when the alleged act took place the Mann Act hadn’t been passed. That proved to be no impediment to the prosecutor, judge or jury and Johnson was convicted and sentenced to 366 days in prison.

The champ fled the country and spent the next seven years as a globetrotting fugitive.

Eventually he wanted to come home so in 1920 he surrendered to federal officials and served about nine months in Leavenworth prison.

That’s the "lawbreaking" for which Stallone has requested a pardon.

In response the president tweeted, "[Johnson's] trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial. Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!"

Let’s hope the president isn’t distracted and follows through on the pardon, if for no other reason than to witness the left trying to explain how a racist can possibly right a great racial injustice.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.


 

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Sylvester Stallone has requested President Trump pardon the first black heavyweight champion boxer, Jack Johnson. Let’s hope the president follows through on the pardon, if for no other reason than to witness the left trying to explain how a racist can possibly right a an injustice.
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