Jack Johnson, the man who knocked out many “White Hopes” back in 1910, was freed posthumously by the “White Hope” President yesterday. It is a mentally diseased turn of events.
Of course, all of this could have been avoided had President Barack Obama dropped his pragmatic lunacy and pardoned Johnson, or any other President for that matter (for whatever reason they refused to do so). And, of course, if the U.S. wasn’t so racist, and had not gone after Johnson for bogus charges of violating the Mann Act, the badass person, and boxer, yesterday’s absurd gesture by the White Hope President, would have not have occurred. But it did, and it only reminds one of the nation’s racist history and racist present.
Like everything the White Hope President does that seems like it is a good thing; this is meaningless. Flush it. Forget it happened. If the White Hope President wanted to do something meaningful, it would be to denounce everything he has said for the last 50 years and resign.
I am also sure if Jack Johnson were alive today, this never happens. Like the Central Park Five, wrongfully convicted, and villified by the White Hope President despite their exoneration, Johnson would be a prop in the White Hope President’s racial circus. I prefer the real record: On July 4, 1910, Jack Johnson became the first black heavyweight champion. Afterwards, whites rioted and killed black people over this. Johnson still never apologized for being a bad ass black man, the best boxer on the planet, at the time. That is all you need to know. It says more about who we really are than an empty, fake pardon.