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Boxer Deontay Wilder Has A Message For #BLM And The #Resist movement

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President Trump recently granted a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson. Johnson was the first black heavyweight champion!

“It’s my honor to do it. It’s about time,” Trump said during an Oval Office ceremony.

 

Johnson, born in Galveston, Texas, was the target of racial resentment, particularly after he defeated white boxer James Jeffries in the 1910 “Fight of the Century,” about that sparked race riots.

Three years later, he was convicted by an all-white jury of violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport a woman across state lines for “immoral” purposes.

In their efforts to prosecute Johnson, authorities first targeted Johnson’s relationship with the woman in question, Lucille Cameron, who later became his wife, but she refused to cooperate.

But they found another white witness, Belle Schreiber, to testify against him. Johnson fled the country after his conviction, but he agreed years later to return and serve a 10-month jail sentence. He died in 1946.

 

 

About Jack Johnson

Born in March 1878 in Galveston, Texas, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica, Johnson became the first black heavyweight boxing champion after defeating Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia, in 1908.

Two years later, he faced off against boxer Jim Jeffries, who had been called out of retirement and was referred to as the “great white hope” because many white fans wanted him to beat Johnson and take back the heavyweight crown.

Portrait of American boxer and heavyweight champion Jack Johnson.

Johnson defended his title in Reno, Nevada, in front of a mostly white crowd, prompting violent race riots in which more than 20 people were killed and hundreds were injured. Most of the victims were black.

“But this was white-on-black race riots in every corner of the United States, where groups of whites unhappy that Jeffries had lost went into black neighborhoods to kill African-Americans simply because of the color of their skin, simply because Jack Johnson was unforgivably black,” documentary filmmaker Ken Burns told CNN’s Carol Costello in 2005.

 

American Professional Boxer Deontay Wilder felt he needed to address people like Black Lives Matter, and the Resist Movement. He wanted to let them know that he doesn’t give a damn what they think about him going to the White House to watch the President Pardon Jack Johnson!

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