Pulling a Punch

“I am taking this very righteous step, I believe, to correct a wrong that occurred in our history and to honor a truly legendary boxing champion. It’s my honor to do it. It’s about time.” In the culmination of a process that began with a call from Sylvester Stallone, President Trump issued a pardon for Jack Johnson.

+ “The search for the ‘white hope’ not having been successful, prejudices were being piled up against me, and certain unfair persons, piqued because I was champion, decided if they could not get me one way they would another…” Ken Burns did a documentary on Jack Johnson called Unforgivable Blackness. Here’s the trailer.

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